Wine toursIstria – The land of Magic, a place where good people's hands for thousands of years now have been decanting their love and respect towards vine into golden and sanguine drops of the divine juices. Would you like to get introduced to the best wines which even the Romans enjoyed sipping?
Sail with us along Istria's azure coast, set out with the rays of sunlight from the east slowly towards the west, plunging into picturesque Mediterranean motifs - coves and beaches, small boats floating peacefully, awaiting in the beauty of solitude.
On the hilltop in the distance you can see Labin, town that has proudly protected its citizens inside its walls for centuries, and below it lies glittering Rabac spreading along one of the loveliest beaches in Istria. And then further on, until the southernmost tip, Cape Kamenjak, protecting the western coast where you are first greeted by millennia-old Pula. Look around and cherish the view of the city and its magnificent Arena before you are seduced by the Brijuni archipelago.
When you set off once again after this breathtaking sight, the beauty of Rovinj-Rovigno calls out from the vast blue horizon, spinning you through its narrow winding streets and twirling you into the warm embrace of Lim Bay. There, you will be invited aboard the boat which, accompanied by melodies and flavours of the Mediterranean, takes you to Vrsar's Sestrice and then on to the beaches of Poreč. Along the way be sure to greet the bathers and surfers, and if you happen to see a buoy, it means that somewhere around, in the silence of the azure, divers are exploring some other worlds.
A wine story in which the best wines of the red, the white and the grey Istria will be introduced, begins in Villa Stefanija****, a perfect destination for those seeking a thoroughly relaxing holiday far from the mass tourism. In a memorable environment with the unforgettable view over the sea you can drift away into a relaxing holiday. The wine tour plan will be presented while you sip the welcome drink. During the three-course dinner from Villa Stefanija's kitchen you'll learn about the Istrian region combined with a short wine story. Overnight stay in Villa Stefanija enjoying the wines and the spa.
Our day together, after the breakfast, begins at 9 o'clock a.m., with a trip to the north-western Istria where we'll visit one of the oldest and most renowned Istrian winemakers, Degrassi. After the tasting, we’ll continue to Rovinj - a gem on the Croatian Adriatic. Once, it was a fishermen town, while today it preserves a rich cultural heritage and a charming Mediterranean urban architecture. Our expert guide will take you through Rovinj and let you enjoy a short break before we hit the road to a small fisherman's village, Fažana. The area between Rovinj and Fažana is characterised by particularly suitable micro-climatic conditions for olive growing, an area where the Romans built their villas and enjoyed the blessings of the climate, peace and tranquillity. The charm of the olive oil will be presented in the Balija olive grove where, according to the Flos Olei guide one of the world's best olive oils is produced. You'll be introduced to the organoleptic properties of the olive oil on the tasting led by an expert olive oil taster. As the day passes by, we'll proceed to a typical Istrian konoba with a view spanning across the sea and Brijuni islands where you'll have the opportunity to indulge in fish specialities of our region.
- 9.00 a.m. departure to Degrassi wine cellar
- 12.00 departure to Rovinj and a guided tour of Rovinj from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
- 3.30 p.m. departure to Balija olive grove - one of the most-awarded olive oils in Croatia.
- 4.30 p.m. lunch in Fažana, the old fisherman's village, in the konoba "Stara hiža“ choosing between fish or meat dishes.
- 6.00 p.m. after the lunch departure back to Villa Stefanija.
After the breakfast, the day starts at 9 a.m. with the visit to the Trapan Winery at the very south of Istria. The organically cultivated vineyards extend on the red Istrian soil. The owners convey their knowledge and experience to the wine-making technique, crafting fine and elegant wines with a recognisable, exceptional character and distinguishing Mediterranean notes. After the Trapan Winery tour and wine tasting, we'll be heading for lunch with the southern Istrian specialities. After refuelling at the konoba, we'll be directed to the biggest Istrian town – Pula, where we'll enjoy a guided tour of the Roman landmarks dating from the period of Augustus, the longest reigning Roman emperor, and of the Pula's Amphitheatre. In the late afternoon, we'll take a walk to the old Roman square, Forum, and rest in the charming atmosphere of Enoteca Istriana where wines paired with tasty finger food from many other Croatian regions will be presented.
- Breakfast at Villa Stefanija
- 9.00 a.m. departure to the Trapan Winery
- 11.30 a.m. departure for lunch
- 2.00 p.m. Pula guided tour
- 4.00 p.m. wine tasting in Enoteca Istriana and finger food
- 6.00 p.m. departure to Villa Stefanija
The itinerary of the Day 3 ends by returning to Villa Stefanija where you’ll be able to spend your free time in its fascinating setting.
Motovun is a medieval town with a magnificent view spanning over the vineyards, the Wood of Motovun and the valley of Mirna, a fascinating composition of the beauty of nature and urban heritage. The town of Motovun rises above the protected natural landscape of the Wood of Motovun where a treasure of the woods grows – the truffle. Did you know that the largest truffle in the world was found in this area and that it is still listed in the Guinness Book of Records? Nearby Motovun we'll visit two famous wine cellars known for their long tradition and innovative style.
The last evening you can relax and let yourself go while admiring the breath-taking view from Villa Stefanija or taking a long walk before dinner. The end-of-tour dinner and the exchange of feedback and impressions.
- breakfast at Villa Stefanija
- 9.00 a.m. departure to Motovun with a guided tour of the town
- 12.00 departure to the Kabola wine cellar
- 2.00 p.m. departure to the Kozlović wine cellar
- arrival to Villa Stefanija around 4.00 p.m.
- 6.00 p.m. dinner with hosts
Our wine story has come to an end. Our sommeliers and guides have taken you on a magical journey to the best Istrian wines. You have met our most outstanding winemakers and experienced the unique magic of the Istrian terroir. After the breakfast and still full of impressions from the tour, you'll have the opportunity to pick the best wines to take with you somewhere far away from the vineyards, so to continue our wine story.
Once you embrace the Istria Terra Magica in your heart, you'll always come back.
- Breakfast at Villa Stefanija
- free morning and transfer.
Experience the eno-gastronomy of the southern Istria in just one day with an expert sommelier and a tour guide. The old Romans knew how to enjoy themselves. Why wouldn't you do so, too? Choose to spend a day getting to know the rich ancient heritage of Pula. Stroll around the three-thousand-years-old streets, the Amphitheatre and Roman Forum.The tour begins at 10 a.m., in front of the Amphitheatre (Arena) and continues through the old town to the Roman Forum where you can enjoy a wine tasting alongside some local finger food and olive oil and under the guidance of our sommelier while admiring the oldest and the most beautiful buildings on the square - the Temple of Augustus and the Town Hall. After the tasting session, we’ll hop on a mini bus that will take us to the Trapan Winery. Trapan is one of the most famous wine cellars in the southern Istria and we'll be welcomed by an oenologist that will, in a 2-hour tour, present the production and the selection of their best wines. The Trapan Winery is a family-owned wine production and thus requires complete dedication and enthusiasm. They were confident and passionate about their mission, dedicating themselves to the whole production process, they have chosen a path that is taking them straight to the objective - creating a recognisable product for gourmands with refined sense of taste. Finally, a three-course dinner in a typical konoba will be a great introduction to the local Istrian cuisine. After the dinner we’ll be taking our way back to where the tour started (Pula 6 p.m.). Min persons: 4
Tours: from monday till friday
Time schedule: 10 am - 6 pm