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In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. There was so much to share about Dalmatia that we ended up shooting five episodes on the region. This is the third episode about Dalmatia, ‘Cracking Croatian Wine in Pelješac & Dubrovnik’.
Pelješac & Dubrovnik: Dalmatia
The Pelješac peninsula is the spiritual home to the beloved red Croatian wine grape Plavac Mali. The first two Croatian wine appellations Dingač and Postup are located on the south side of Pelješac. These locations have impossibly steep slopes and are dedicated to Plavac Mali. This red Croatian wine grape produces big, Mediterranean reds with strong tannins.
Nearby Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ It was once the seat of the Dalmatian kingdom and is one of the main Croatian tourist attractions. The city has well-preserved walls and wide, cobbled streets. This beautiful medieval city has become even more popular thanks to the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones.’
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Timestamps: Cracking Croatian Wine in Pelješac & Dubrovnik
(1:05) Join us for a road trip on the Pelješac Peninsula in southern Dalmatia. The small two lane road gives way to sea views, towering mountains, and steep vineyards.
(1:32) Learn a little more about the red Croatian wine grape Plavac Mali. It’s the beloved native grape of Croatia and is found throughout Dalmatia. Plavac Mali’s spiritual home is the Pelješac Peninsula.
(1:46) Meet Ivan Miloš of Miloš Winery. They focus on the grape Plavac Mali and are one of the best Croatian wineries. The reserve wine of the property, the Miloš Stagnum, is a cult Croatian wine. Join us for a tour of the estate and the impossibly steep slopes where Plavac Mali thrives
(2:45) Ivan Miloš talks more about Plavac Mali and why it can produce classic wine.
(4:05) Meet Marija Mrgudić of Bura-Mrgudić Winery. They produce a rare, legendary Croatian wine named Bura Dingač.
(4:51) Listen as Marija Mrgudić explains the differences between the Croatian wine appellations Dingač and Postup.
(5:56) Check out the Dingač appellation. It’s one of the unofficial Grand Crus of Croatian wine. These impossibly steep slopes rival the most beautiful vineyards in the world.
(6:43) Come with us to Korta Katarina Winery. The estate was founded by Americans Penny & Lee Anderson, who first came to Croatia in the 1990s. The Korta Katarina Winery is beautiful and produces modern Croatian wines from Plavac Mali and Pošip.
(8:34) Check out the Peninsula Wine Bar. This Croatian wine bar & shop is located in the middle of the Pelješac Peninsula. The Peninsula Wine Bar carries a number of exciting wines from produces like Križ, Saints Hills, Grgić, Rozić, Skaramuča, Miličić, Donja Banda, and Vicelić.
(9:09) Get a glimpse of the largest fortification walls in Europe around the villages of Ston and Mali Ston.
(9:29) Join us on a day trip to the walled city of Dubrovnik. It’s ancient capital of Dalmatia and is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones‘ was filmed here. Because of this and its beautiful location, Dubrovnik is always crowded during the tourist season.
(9:50) Have lunch with us at Proto Restaurant. It’s one of the oldest fish restaurants in Dubrovnik. Siniša Lasan, one of Croatia’s top sommeliers and a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards serves guests at Proto Restaurant.
(12:01) Meet Vedran Kiridžija of Kiridžija Winery. Vedran is one of the old guards in Croatian wine. Kiridžija is known to produce of the best examples of Dingač. Discover some of the finest examples of Plavac Mali at this humble Croatian winery.
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