A Premium Wine Tour for a Premium Island, with Master of Wine Jo Ahearne
There are more astronauts than Masters of Wine, and even fewer with their own winery,
When the Ancient Greeks arrived on Hvar in 384 BC, they brought their vines with them. That’s right, 2,404 years of grape growing on the island – which is way before those pesky guys in Bordeaux started their craft. There are even some who say that vines were cultivated here before the Greeks arrived….. With its precipitous limestone slopes on the south side, the ancient UNESCO-protected fertile plain to the north, 2724 hours of sunshine a year and indigenous varieties aplenty, the island of Hvar is a prime location for viticulture and winemaking.
Hvar, the island of wine with a heritage dating back thousands of years, and named as one of the top 7 wine regions of the world for 2017 by Conde Nast. It is an island whose wines are exported as far away as California and China, whose vineyards boast several grape varieties indigenous only to the island, and whose Hvar Wine Association members include a talented and eclectic bunch of winemakers.
And in 2014, their ranks were swelled with the arrival of something truly unique in Croatia – a British Master of Wine who moved to Croati to make wine. And not just anywhere in Croatia, but the fabled southern slopes of Hvar.
Jo Ahearne’s journey to Hvar from her native London came via a distinguished career in Australia, a stint as head buyer at Harrods of London, and several choice positions long the way. Having wanted to make her own wine for a while, she eventually decided on Hvar, whose indigenous grapes and varied terroir seemed to provide the ideal challenge.
Her first wine was a Plavac Mali from the 2014 vintage, but the first wine to hit the market was a 2015 rosé from Hvar variety Darnekuša. Now based in Vrisnik and Stari Grad when not travelling, Jo has expanded her range and experimentation with Hvar’s varieties in the 2016 to now offer a much wider range.
From the last Hvar vintage, Jo will have 2016 Pošip which is made sur lie method, 2016 ‘Wild Skins’ (blend of Pošip, Bogdanuša and Kuć which is fermented on skins (macerated) with wild yeast and wild malolactic also sur lie), 2015/16 Rosina which a rosé made from Darnekuša and the 2014 ‘South Side’ Plavac Mali which is made from fruit grown on the south side of the island mostly around Sv Nedjelja and Jagodna and aged in new French barriques with a small amount of Slavonian oak.
Jo has kindly agreed to share her knowledge, wines and home with Hvar Wine Tours clients, and there will be two types of tour available with Jo – a fascinating opportunity for true wine enthusiasts to learn from a true wine expert.
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
Mornings at 9:30 or 11:30; afternoons at 13:30 or 15:30
We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know
This is a half-day program, 4h aprox.
The program as described, pick up, one of the tour options as descrbied above in the price section, refreshment (flavoured juice –lavender, mint or sage), return transfer to Hvar
Gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use
Gastronomy, cultural, for individuals, couples and families.
Comfortable air-conditioned 8 seat van or Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol, Mercedes V-Klass or Mercedes Viano shuttle
59 EUR per person for a group tour & 115 EUR for private tour option – Wine tasting experience in the hidden village of Vrisnik
There are more astronauts than Masters of Wine, and even fewer with their own winery, so come along to the hilltop village of Vrisnik to taste some world-class wines and get an insight into the fine heritage of the Hvar winemaking tradition.
150 EUR per person – wine tasting but not as we know it
Join winemaker and Master of Wine Jo Ahearne at her winery tucked away in the hilltop village of Vrisnik for an exclusive, in-depth wine tasting experience – delight in various vintages and varieties from barrels and tanks, learn how the terroir of the island defines the wines combined with the techniques Jo uses to add her specific twist. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about winemaking but were afraid to ask!
165 EUR per person Private villa or yacht wine tasting experience – around 1.5 hours
Have your very own Master of Wine come round to your home! In the comfort of your own villa or yacht, winemaker and MW Jo Ahearne will introduce you to the fine heritage of the Hvar winemaking tradition and guide you through Ahearne wines that perfectly evoke the scents and flavours of this beautiful rocky landscape.
500 EUR per person MW accompanied 4WD vineyard and wine tasting experience – around 6 hours
She will accompany you on a 4WD tour of the steep vineyards of the south side followed by the more calming (and flat!) northern wine-growing area. Enjoy a special lunch in the olive grove or abandoned village, finishing at the Ahearne winery, tucked away in the hilltop village of Vrisnik. There you will experience an exclusive, in-depth wine tasting – delight in various vintages and varieties from barrels and tanks, learn how the terroir of the island defines the wines combined with the techniques Jo uses to add her specific twist. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about winemaking but were afraid to ask!
For more people than 2 person please ask us for a quote