ZINFANDEL ORIGIN WINE TOUR FROM SPLIT CROATIA
2 WINERIES-WINE CELLAR DINNER-BIBLICAL GARDEN
A sunset journey through the history with top quality, award winning indigenous Dalmatian wine. Discover the passion for amazing wines and experience it in the authentic historical location!
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 mistery 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 Kastelanski (The Black Grape from Kastela), in Italy this sort is known as Primitivo (written by Cliff Rames).
Our Zinfandel Origin Wine Tour is a cool combination of history and wines followed by a dinner in a small boutique wine cellar on the mountain slopes. Transport is organized 4h before sunset year round from Split center every day from Monday to Saturday (Sundays on request).
Wine tasting in Matela Winery cellar dating back to the second half of 19th century-several wines with local delicacies including ‘The Original Zin’
Visit to Kuzmanic winery dating back to the early 18th century on the slopes of Kozjak mountain-4 award winning indigenous wines (NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE), walk to the Biblical Garden where ‘Original Zin’ was planted alongside it’s 11 genetic cousins and dinner in Kuzmanic wine cellar dipped in Ivan’s olive oil
ABOUT KUZMANIC WINERY:FOUNDED IN 1720. / ALL WINES RATED PREMIUM / 10000 HAND-GRAFTED GRAPEVINES / 100% ESTATE GROWN / INDIGENOUS SORTS NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE / 5000-6000 BOTTLES PER YEAR ORGANIC PRODUCTION SOLD ONLY ON THE ESTATE
01.01. – 31.01. / 12:30h
01.02. – 28.02. / 13:30h
01.03. – 25.03. / 14h
26.03. – 30.04. / 16h
01.05. – 31.07. / 16:30h
01.08. – 31.08. / 16h
01.09. – 30.09. / 15h
01.10. – 28.10. / 14h
29.10. – 31.12. / 12h
DURATION: Approx. 6 hours
PRICE: 140€ per person (2 people min.)
PRICE INCLUDES: Transport, guide, wines, snacks, dinner, Biblical Garden, VAT
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