5 February 19
The best places for cheese and wine around the Croatian islands
A Foodie Destination
Croatia has quickly made a name for itself as a foodie destination, and it is not difficult to understand why. With a long Adriatic coastline, the Croatians boast not only some of the best seafood there is, but also an olive and wine-making tradition as old as that of Greece. The close-to 700 years of Venetian rule along the Dalmatian coast left behind a legacy of fantastic wine and cheese production, as well as some of the best pasta, pizza and risotto outside of Italy. Island towns like Korcula and Hvar still show this marked Venetian influence, and the interior of the islands are where you find fantastically fertile land, and some wines that will blow you away.
So where to try some of this excellent island produce on your Horizon Sail week? We have you covered.
Bokar wine bar is tucked down a small side street with views out over the sea to the Peljesac peninsula. Pull up a stool beside an old wine barrel, as owner Petar takes you through their superb offerings – specialising in the most famous Croatian grapes of Plavac Mali (red – think big berry and pepper flavours) and Pošip (white – light bodied, balanced, aromatic) which are native to Korcula and the Peljesac Peninsula. Ask about the more unique wines on offer too; some fantastic Grk varieties, new rosés, and some interesting local shiraz. Pair it all with a local cheese board and bread, and you’re set for a nice afternoon.
– Bokar Wine Bar, Ulica Antuna Rozanovića, 20260, Korcula
Split has a whole host of options these days, however, Paradox has arguably the greatest selection of local wines as well as local and international cheeses. The wines are arranged by body and dry-sweet factor, and the expert staff will assist you in pairing them. Choose from one of the cheese or prosciutto trilogy boards, or make up your own from the individual cheeses. Make sure you try the Pag cheeses – this hard sheep’s milk cheese from the island of Pag is generally regarded as the most famous of all Croatian artisan cheeses – and a spicy cheese for something different. This can all be enjoyed in the stylish air-conditioned eatery, or upstairs on the outdoors terrace which is just lovely.
– Paradox Wine & Cheese Bar, Ulica Bana Josipa Kelačića 3, 21000, Split
Hvar Town may be one of the most happening destinations in Dalmatia, but finding somewhere to enjoy a wine away from the hustle and bustle is still possible! On a quiet back street you will find Red Red Wine Bar. Perfect for a pre or post dinner drink, this bar has a relaxed atmosphere, and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Choose wines by the glass, or let the waiter take you through one of the tastings on offer such as the wines of Hvar. For somewhere with views, head to Aloha Bar on the waterfront. Not only is Aloha one of the best cocktail bars in town, but they also serve up an excellent cheese board with a selection of Pag cheeses, blue cheese, and fruit and nuts. Enjoy this with a perfect espresso martini, or perhaps for something different, a lavender gin and tonic – the island is famous for its production of lavender.
– Red Red Wine Bar, Kroz Burak 31, 21450, Hvar
– Aloha Bar, Fabrika 18, 21450, Hvar
A short drive from Stari Grad or Jelsa on the island of Hvar (or a slightly longer drive from Hvar Town), you will find the UNESCO World Heritage listed Stari Grad Plain. This large and fertile plain has been a food basket for the island for centuries, and has been farmed in generally the same way since the time of the Greek colonists in the 4th century. There are many producers here still working this ancient land, and a favourite is Hora Farm. Hora may only offer a small selection of wines, but boy are they good. The one that must be sampled is the Bogdanuša. Meaning ‘a gift from God’, Bogdanuša is a grape native to the island and was once reserved for consumption by the priests only. It produces a light and fruity white wine which is perfect for those summer evenings. Hora also offer traditional peka dinners and olive oil tasting, with gorgeous views across the Stari Grad Plain.
– Hora Hvar, Starigradsko Polje, 21460, Stari Grad
While not known for being an affordable city, it is still possible to enjoy some great wines in Dubrovnik without breaking the bank. D’Vino Wine Bar is in the heart of the Old Town, and offers wine tastings to suit all budgets. They take their wines seriously, the waiters know their stuff, and the cosy interior has wine-related quotes scrawled across it. The cheese and meat platters are seriously impressive, all served with freshly baked bread and figs. Try the Rukatac, a southern grape variety, and the truffle-infused cow cheese – divine.
– D’Vino Wine Bar, Ulica Palmoticeva 4a, 20000, Dubrovnik
Visit all of these destinations on the eight-day Horizon Sail Go North or Go South sail.Back to Posts