Guided tour / professional English speaking guide from start to finish
Join us on this half day tour through ancient cellars and vineyards where intense historical events took place, visit medieval castles, learn more about Dalmatian history and taste Zinfandel as well as other indigenous Dalmatian wine varieties.
- Drive to Kaštel Sućurac (Castle st. George) and a walk along this picturesque 15th century village with visit to Sućurac museum. Wine tasting in nearby wine cellar. (sorts: Crljenak Kaštelanski and Pošip)
- Moving to the neighbouring village for our next wine tasting in Bedalov winery. (sorts-Crljenak Kaštelanski and a blend of (Crljenak Kaštelanski/Dobričić/Plavac Mali)
- A tour of Kaštela museum , one of the best preserved and most beautiful castles in Croatia, located in the seaside castle.
- Wine tasting in a vineyard on the mountain slopes in Kuzmanić winery, (sorts: Glavinuša and Tribljan)
THE ZINFANDEL ORIGIN STORY
For over a century wine lovers, viticulture experts and dedicated followers of taxonomy have pondered the fascinating question of Zinfandel's origins and migratory route to the U.S. No more so than in California, where the grape settled in the early 1800s and easily adapted to the topography and climate in regions such as Napa, Sonoma and Mendoncino. Often recommended for Thanksgiving and touted as „America's heritage wine“, Zinfandel reigns as California's signature red. At least it did until recently when Mike Grgich, a native of Croatia and co-founder of Grgich Hills estate in Napa Valley, encouraged a campaign to reveal this mystery as he noticed way back upon his arrival to California in 1958 that Zinfandel tasted just like the vino his father used to ferment in Dalmatia. From 1997-2002 a team of American and Croatian scientists toured Dalmatian vineyards collecting samples for DNA profiling when, almost out of funds and vineyards to stroll at, they found a perfect match in a small vineyard in Kastela region near Split where just a few plants survived. More plants were later discovered near Omis where locals referred to the variety as Tribidrag or Pribidrag, so by the rule of anteriority this ancient Croatian name from the 14 century prevailed in expert literature. Locals call this grape Crljenak Kaštelanski (The Red Grape from Kaštela), in Italy this sort is known as Primitivo (written by Cliff Rames).
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