The Green Mediterranean Paradise
Istria is the biggest Croatian peninsula, with overwhelming diversity between its western, eastern and inner sides. Its hilltop towns, UNESCO sites in coastal areas, Roman amphitheatres and rustic villas, beaches, the National Park Brijuni, many artisan food and wine markets, create a paradise for gourmet, culture and nature lovers. It also boasts with distinctive wine varieties such white Malvasia, Muscat and ruby-red Teran. Istrian wine roads and wine makers feature as the most prominent in all of Croatia.
Key highlights: Hilltop towns (Buzet, Roč, Motovun), Poreč, Rovinj, Lim Channel, Brijuni National Park, Momjan vineyards, Pula Amphitheatre, walking, cycling, diving, swimming, truffle hunting, food and wine tasting
Tourist season traditionally begins with Easter and ends in November, but Istria is open for visitors all year round. The best time to come is early spring, when asparagus is fresh for picking, and summer heat is not yet so vivid. Also, September and October are grape harvesting months, followed with truffle hunting in Motovun woods, and olive harvesting in October and November. Thus, minimum stay desirable is one weekend, but you can roam around for a week or two and still find remarkable differences in such a small area.
Most famous wine areas are:
What else is there?
At Winerist, finding the perfect wine tours and experiences to enhance your holiday is what we do best. See below for our top picks of the region from short, gourmet tours of the city, to full-day activities, like cycling around vineyards with an expert guide and a sumptuous picnic. The choice is yours…
We’ve teamed up with some of the best wineries in the region to bring that extra special something to your visit. From centuries-old Châteaux to brand new wineries at the cutting edge of production, we’ve got winery tours to suit every palate and personality.
Whether you’re after a quaint little local bolt hole for the night or the full, wine spa and hotel experience complete with michelin-starred restaurants, here are our hand-picked partners to make sure that your stay is pitched exactly to your budget and tastes.