Add to the mix some of Croatia’s most innovative and charismatic winemakers, whose wines are exported as far away as China, California and Singapore, and whose medal-winning tradition also spans the globe, and it is not hard to understand why Hvar wine tourism on Croatia’s premier island – the island of lavender – is on the rise.
In an age of globalisation, let’s not forget the indigenous varieties which make Hvar unique. Plavac Mali is the pride of Dalmatia’s reds, a relative of Zinfandel, but don’t miss the whites, including Bogdanusa, which only grows on Hvar and translates as ‘a gift from God’.
Join us and our passionate and experienced local team, as we guide you through more than 2000 years of wine history, through the vineyards and konobas of some of Croatia’s most fascinating producers, including the first certified organic Plavac Mali in the world (PZ Svirce), the only Grand Cru in the country (Zlatan Otok), Croatia’s leading boutique winemaker (Ivo Dubokovic), and the Romanesque cellars of Andro Tomic. Winemakers who are our friends and neighbours, offering you a unique insight into Hvar wine culture.
Hvar Wine Tours offer the original and most comprehensive wine tours on Hvar, either by speedboat or comfortable Jeep, and our guides will bring you to taste the wine of course, but will also bring out the heritage and magic of a wine story
and heritage which is older than Christianity itself.
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21 450 Hvar
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Phone number: +385 91 1741 028
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Tourism on Hvar has been a wonderful thing to watch evolve over the years, and there have been changes in trends since I started writing about the island over six years ago. Things have certainly got more innovative – off-road safaris, cooking classes and a range of new adrenaline activities to name a few, but one area of tourism which has really taken off is wine.
Although I was a wine merchant for five years back in the UK, I was never particularly taken by the local wines I came across in Jelsa’s restaurants, and indeed it was only when I started researching my first guidebook for Hvar…
Wines of Hvar
In order to understand the gastronomy of Hvar island, one must by all means get familiar with the island’s wines. The wine tale of Hvar is intriguing, has plenty of twists and turns and is, without any doubt, very interesting to food and wine connoisseurs.
Historically, it’s intertwined with and absolutely inseparable from the food tale. Wine-growing tradition most definitely began with the Greek colonization of the island, as shown today by the archaeological evidence of the ancient wine-drinking culture. From then on, the wine tale of Hvar, especially the chapter about the past few centuries which are easier to investigate, tells us about numerous ups and downs. Wine grapes have definitely dominated the island’s agriculture from ancient times. Just like they still do.
The most noticeable local varietal is Plavac mali. Plavac mali frequently has moderate level of acidity, rich extract is significantly richer as sugar levels gather more easily. Wines from Plavac mali have seductive and very distinct flavour which makes them distinguish. They are often infused with a certain level of sweetness, especially in aftertaste, which is not to be confused with sugar residue.
Another varietal of major importance for this region is Maraština. Although this very famous white varietal has a very long historical background, today it is to be found in small quantities.