Boating nights with a glass of fine wine
Boating nights with a glass of fine wine
Sailing through Croatia you will find many phenomena fascinating to boaters with various interests, such as exploring the cultural and historic heritage, marvelling at natural creations or enjoying colourful summer evenings. Among the numerous interests you can explore while sailing is learning about the phenomenon of wine.
Wine has, just like food, become a trend in the whole world. In Croatia, each new year brings new and better “bottles”, which proudly defend the honour of Croatian wine. What connects boaters to enjoying Croatian wines is the fact that many wine-cellars and wineries can be accessed directly from the deck of their boats. The proximity to the sea, the interesting terroir and motivated winemakers will meet you in every corner of the Croatian coast and islands, continuing the thousand-year-old tradition of wine making in this part of the Mediterranean.
Nowadays, modern seafarers do not need a diving suit to explore the quality of the wine offer, because sailing through Croatia can be “spiced up” by discovering different aromas of wine, specific to certain sailing areas. The variety of wine grapes and their processing and storage creates a great number of different interesting wines, a lot of which are tied to the small area where a specific grape variety grows.
The list of potential harbours which, to the joy of many boaters, can serve as bases from which you can explore Croatia’s wine offer creates a unique guidebook.
The South Adriatic
Pelješac versus Korčula, red versus white wine
It is impossible to name only one area, which you should visit in order to understand the story of Croatian wine, it is something your taste buds have to discover and we recommend that you, if interested, compare the tastes of Croatian wine on your own. But in the context of touring Croatia with a boat and its significance, the south boasts a unique micro location; the area between the island of Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula.
On the one hand, the centre of the island Korčula is home to the best Croatian white wine grape variety, the famous Pošip, whose wine yards are located on hills with a specific micro climate, making the wine (or grapes) from this island truly unique.
In contrast, right by the sea, next to the Lumbarda village, the Grk wine variety grows on sandy soil. It is possibly the “craziest” Croatian white wine, which can only be found in this locale. Korčula is also the only Croatian island with three restaurants with a Michelin recommendation, which will surely satisfy your palate if you visit the island. The question is how best to visit the island. We recommend that you use the largest town on the island as a base for your tour with a rented car, with a professional guide if possible. If you have a smaller vessel, you can do this from Lumbarda as well, while you can visit the local wine yards also on foot. On the other side of the island lies Vela Luka, which will make it easier to visit Blato, Čara and Smokvica, places that conceal different aromas of white wine.
The Dingač and Postup locations are home to the best wines, and the number of both old and new wine cellars in this relatively small area between Orebić and Ston is significant. All of them have the Plavac Mali grape variety as a trademark, which is the most popular wine grape variety in Croatia, and which in the right location and in the right hands becomes especially significant. A tour of the wine cellars of Pelješac is part of the rich tourist offer, and visitors, who most often travel here from Dubrovnik, visit the area by car. If you are visiting Pelješac with a boat, many famous wine cellars are in reach because they are accessible from the sea or require only a short drive to the inland so that visiting them has become a favourite “sport” for boaters.
From the Orebić port you can easily visit some of the highly esteemed wine cellars, but the port is not accessible to large ships. If you have a large ship, you probably have a crew as well, who will be able to drop you off in Orebić and pick you up on the other side of the peninsula, for instance in Trstenik. From Trstenik you can also take a tour with a pre-arranged car and driver, and the route can take you through the Dingač area, through the famous tunnel into Potomje and then back to your ship in Trstenik.