The Split Area Wine Tour includes:
- Pick up at central Split meeting point
- Tour of a boutique wine cellar (barrel tastings, current vintage tasting,local delicacies
- Tour of Biblical Garden
- Tour of second wine cellar with wine tasting & barbecue dinner at sea view terrace of the winery
- Private local guide throughout the tour
- Transport back to accommodation
Meeting point: Gregory of Nin Statue
Departure time: Afternoon/flexible schedule Duration: approx. 5-6 hours
140 euros per person
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The birthplace of Zinfandel
Widely considered an American original, Zinfandel has found its way to become a Thanksgiving Day classic. However, a series of events in recent years shine a new light on the true origins of Zinfandel. Team of enthusiasts led by Croatian born Californian winemaker Mike Grgich traced back the origins of Zinfandel to hillside of Split specifically the town of Kaštela. Original name for Zinfandel was and still is Crljenak Kaštelanski, and it is experiencing a rebirth in Kaštela and the surrounding area. Small family plots are becoming serious vineyards, improvised wineries are getting upgraded with technology and serious Zinfandel wine is starting to be produced after hundreds of year’s absence.
The Art of Wine project puts strong emphasis on helping new winemakers in Kaštela get their story heard and getting people all around the world introduced to the story of Crljenak Kaštelanski and his long road back home.
We start at the Biblical Garden in Kaštel Novi, one of twenty in the world. Short stroll through the garden will be refreshing and educational as you will get to know a lot of medicinal and aromatic herbs used in Croatian cuisine.
At the very end of the garden, you will get the chance to take your picture next to the original Zinfandel vines. A small 12-vine vineyard was planted by former mayor of Yountville, Mary Lou Hunt and Mike Grgich himself in honor of the discovery about Zinfandels origins.
After the brief tasting and introduction in the Garden we head to Vuina Wine Cellar to taste a span of his boutique wines from indigenous varietals and pair them with creative finger food prepared specially for the tasting.
Next stop on the tour is Putalj winery in Kaštel Sućurac where our host will be Anton Kovač, long time vineyard owner who after selling his family land to a big supermarket decided to invest all of the money back in the family vineyard and build a new modern wine cellar. Anton produces a fresh and lively Zinfandel witch pairs perfectly with sheep’s milk cheese and Anton’s homemade olive oil and fresh baguettes.