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Wine Routes of Dalmatia

In the area of Imotski, grapevine has been cultivated since ancient times and winegrowing always was one of the most important agricultural, but also the economic sectors of this region.

It is assumed that grapevine in this area have brought ancient Romans who founded a few settlements, although it is possible that grapevine were cultivated also before the arrival of the Romans, i.e., that it was cultivated by Delmata Illyrian tribe who lived among other places in the area of today Imotska krajina, and were in contact with Greeks who are among the first ones spreading grapevine around the Mediterranean.

The most prevalent sort in the vineyards is an indigenous variety Kujundžuša, which occupies 90 percent of all wine-growing area. Kujundžuša gives a harmonious, light and fluffy wine with mild minerality and delicate fruity tones. Kujundžuša is recommended as accompaniment with fish, seafood, soft cheeses and salads, as well as asparagus dishes, and because of its refreshing nature it is also suitable for casual sipping in the hot summer months. Apart from Kujundžuša, from white grape varieties are grown also Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pošip, Pinot Grey and Žilavka.

Among the red sorts in the vineyards are the most widespread native varieties of Trnjak and Vranac, which most winemakers compares with the world-known varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and in recent times Syrah. Unlike most coastal red wines, which are characterized by high alcohol and extract with an abundance of tannins, red wines from Imotski and Vrgorac vineyards are by their freshness and elegance similar to the classic Bordeaux coupage, but with a distinctive southern character.

On the Wine roads of Dalmatian hinterland, you will have the opportunity to taste the best Imotski wine, traditional dishes, meet hard-working residents and their lifestyle but also cultural and historical heritage of this region, starting from the legend of Biokovo villas to anecdotes related to turbulent history of this region.

Heavenly countryside, great wines and the smell of freshly prepared food, every guest will impress, "drive through the time", and provide an unforgettable experience in discovering rich heritage of Dalmatia.

ITINERARY

(Imotski, the Red Lake and the Blue Lake)

13:00 h - Departure from Split (next to the model on the Split waterfront or according to previously agreed starting point) and coming to Imotski around 14,30 h. Visit to the winery Grabovac, wine cellar tour and introduction to different technologies of wine production by wine producers. Wine tasting with cold appetizer, and a tour of the vineyard known as the Wolf Valley - unique example of a vineyard on meliorated rubble.

15:30 h - Going to the Red and Blue Lake (Free time for sightseeing of the old town of Imotski and a tour on the Red and Blue Lake). According to expert estimates, it is about the natural values of world importance, especially when it comes to the Red Lake, as one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Mere fact that a man has not yet, by his own eyes, but neither with all devices available today, touched and recorded its deepest point, talks about what kind of natural phenomenon is in question.

19:30 h - Departure to Split.

Included in package price:

  • Transportation by bus, van or by personal vehicle of the highest tourist class;
  • Wine tasting in Imotski with a cold appetizer (4 types of wine, with ham, cheese, sausages and homemade bread), tasting of sparkling wine (methodechampenoise) with seasonal fruit or cake;
  • Tickets for the Red and Blue Lake;
  • Sommelier

 

Package price does not include:

  • Tourist guide in Imotski, and the Red and Blue Lake;
  • Turning off of route, not listed meals and not listed tickets.

 

Weekly schedule: 

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday

Wine Routes of Dalmatian hinterland

Starting point:
Split, Croatia

Departure point:
Imotski, Croatia

Duration:
7 hours (approx.)

Wine Routes of Dalmatia

In the area of Imotski, grapevine has been cultivated since ancient times and winegrowing always was one of the most important agricultural, but also the economic sectors of this region.

It is assumed that grapevine in this area have brought ancient Romans who founded a few settlements, although it is possible that grapevine were cultivated also before the arrival of the Romans, i.e., that it was cultivated by Delmata Illyrian tribe who lived among other places in the area of today Imotska krajina, and were in contact with Greeks who are among the first ones spreading grapevine around the Mediterranean.

The most prevalent sort in the vineyards is an indigenous variety Kujundžuša, which occupies 90 percent of all wine-growing area. Kujundžuša gives a harmonious, light and fluffy wine with mild minerality and delicate fruity tones. Kujundžuša is recommended as accompaniment with fish, seafood, soft cheeses and salads, as well as asparagus dishes, and because of its refreshing nature it is also suitable for casual sipping in the hot summer months. Apart from Kujundžuša, from white grape varieties are grown also Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pošip, Pinot Grey and Žilavka.

Among the red sorts in the vineyards are the most widespread native varieties of Trnjak and Vranac, which most winemakers compares with the world-known varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and in recent times Syrah. Unlike most coastal red wines, which are characterized by high alcohol and extract with an abundance of tannins, red wines from Imotski and Vrgorac vineyards are by their freshness and elegance similar to the classic Bordeaux coupage, but with a distinctive southern character.

On the Wine roads of Dalmatian hinterland, you will have the opportunity to taste the best Imotski wine, traditional dishes, meet hard-working residents and their lifestyle but also cultural and historical heritage of this region, starting from the legend of Biokovo villas to anecdotes related to turbulent history of this region.

Heavenly countryside, great wines and the smell of freshly prepared food, every guest will impress, "drive through the time", and provide an unforgettable experience in discovering rich heritage of Dalmatia.

ITINERARY

(Imotski, the Red Lake and the Blue Lake)

13:00 h - Departure from Split (next to the model on the Split waterfront or according to previously agreed starting point) and coming to Imotski around 14,30 h. Visit to the winery Grabovac, wine cellar tour and introduction to different technologies of wine production by wine producers. Wine tasting with cold appetizer, and a tour of the vineyard known as the Wolf Valley - unique example of a vineyard on meliorated rubble.

15:30 h - Going to the Red and Blue Lake (Free time for sightseeing of the old town of Imotski and a tour on the Red and Blue Lake). According to expert estimates, it is about the natural values of world importance, especially when it comes to the Red Lake, as one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Mere fact that a man has not yet, by his own eyes, but neither with all devices available today, touched and recorded its deepest point, talks about what kind of natural phenomenon is in question.

19:30 h - Departure to Split.

Included in package price:

  • Transportation by bus, van or by personal vehicle of the highest tourist class;
  • Wine tasting in Imotski with a cold appetizer (4 types of wine, with ham, cheese, sausages and homemade bread), tasting of sparkling wine (methodechampenoise) with seasonal fruit or cake;
  • Tickets for the Red and Blue Lake;
  • Sommelier

 

Package price does not include:

  • Tourist guide in Imotski, and the Red and Blue Lake;
  • Turning off of route, not listed meals and not listed tickets.

 

Weekly schedule: 

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday


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