Korcula and the nearby Peljesac Peninsula are renowned as some of Croatia’s best wine producing regions. Recently we were fortunate enough to find out a little bit more about why this is so.
Our exploration started when we were treated to an afternoon guided tour around the famous wine region of Dingac on the Peljesac, by the main protagonist of the wine growing family Bartulovic. Mario now finds himself running most aspects of his family’s proud and historic wine producing enterprise and was for the course of the afternoon a very knowledgeable and engaging host.
We were taken from vineyard to vineyard, most of which had stunning settings and as we travelled both Rachael and I learnt so much, from the family and wine growing region’s history, through to the process of producing their delicious wines. The evening was spent in the old wine cellar, now tavern, which was a lovely setting to enjoy a fabulous meal of lentil soup, cheese and home-made hams and mouth-watering Peka (slow cooked meat over the grill) and of course to do some wine tasting as we ate. We were in the company of a Swedish hiking group who were visiting the Bartulovic winery for the third year in a row, as a stopping point on their way from one end of the Peljesac to the other. We ate, drank and talked whilst being further enlightened by Mario and entertained by his cheerful 2 and a half year old daughter!
The Bartulovic winery produces a number of superb wines including the full bodied Dingac red, the fruity red Plavac Mali, the refreshing white Rukatac and an incredibly flavoursome rose. They can also prepare and serve meals in their rustic tavern (must be pre-arranged), using organic and home-made products and ingredients.
If you would like to be a guest of the Bartulovic winery, they offer wine tasting & cycling trips on the Peljesac Peninsula. This is a fun way to explore the region whilst enjoying some delicious wine and food.