A full day of wine and great food visiting Hvar and Croatia's premier wineries - followed by a delightful authentic lunch/dinner in spectacular setting. Sit back, relax and enjoy the very best of what island life is all about. As we wind our way through Hvar's olive groves, lavender fields and vineyards, your expert private guide will share the stories of island wine history that go back 2,400 years. To trully appreciate Hvar wine, it helps to enter the soul of the island -the timeless vilages around Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrboska like Dol and Pitve and Vrbanj.
The Wines of Hvar tour will start and end with a personal pick-up from your yacht or accomodation by our experienced guide, who will be your private assistant through the day, guiding you effortlessly from winery while explaining the island's rich heritage.
When you book The Wines of Hvar full day tour, depending on availability, we will visit the two of these renowned island wineries: Dubokovic, Huljić, Pavičić, Tomic, Carić or Bojanic. Here's a brief description of each:
Dubokovic (Jelsa) - Ivo Dubokovic has been honored as one Croatia's top butique winemakers, and with good reason. Faithful to the grapes of Hvar, Dubokovic wines are sumptuous and sought after word-wide. Among his famous: 2718 (sunshine in the bottle, after the number of hours of sun Hvar averages annually), Medvedica and Medvid. The tasting experience here is intimate and seductive-conducted by candlelight in the Tomic wine cellar.
Huljic (Jelsa) - Teo Huljic is one of the Huljic smaller but most tallented winemakers. Producing just 6,000 bottles a year, his cellar is tucked away in the back streets in Jelsa's old town, near to excelent restaurant which also bears his name. Supremely knowledgeable about the island's indigenous grapes, his range of whites, in particular, celebrate the very best of Hvar viticulture.
Caric (Svirce) - Ivo Caric is one of the rising stars of the Croatian wine scene. Passionate about island traditions and native varieties, his Bogdanusa was first to win an international award for this signature Hvar white. In 2016 Caric's Plovac Ploski was not only showcased in a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Amsterdam, but the elite eatery designed a menu around it.
Tomic(Jelsa) - Andro Tomic is one of Croatia's most well-known winemakers and certainly one of its ardent. He recently addressed the European Parlament on the difference between sparkling Prosecco and Croatia's Prosek dessert wine to help resolve the EU disagreement over names.
Pavičić (Vrbanj) - the Pavičić brothers, Lukas and Milko, have been involved in viticulture and winemaking since they were young as it's a centuries-old tradition in the family. Their focus is on the single varietal wines from the autochthonous grape varieties, Pošip, Plavac mali and their most well-known, Bogdanuša. Their unique dessert wine is from the grapes grown in an old Roman village.
Bojanic (Bonjic Bad) - Toni Bojanic is one of the new breads of Hvar winemakers. Just 26 years old, he comes from a family wine making tradition which dates more than 500 years. He grows all his grapes on Hvar's legendary, steep, southern slops-regarded by many to be the best terroir for Dalmacia's most famous red, Plavac mali. Toni's delightful open air-tastings are right on the sea!
Lacman (Selca) - The Lacman winery specializes in producting long maceration, unfiltered wines using natural yeasts, with minimum human intervention and as little chemistry as possible. Even Lacman's storage techniques are natural - in 500 to 600 liter clay qvevri vessels stored underground. While rare in Europe, storing wine underground has been practised for thousands of years.