Take a scenic drive to explore Istria and you will be met by rolling hills of lush green vineyards. Even if you are not a wine connoisseur you will be enchanted with the picturesque landscape. There are countless opportunities to taste the varieties of wines, grappas and brandies produced in Istria.
Taste Istrian wine at a festival or winery
An excellent way to discover the quaint towns in Istria is to attend a local festival, join a wine walk, or tour a winery. Seaways villas are located near many of the Istrian wine festivals and local wineries. Take home a souvenir glass from a festival in Svetvinčenat, Rovinj, Barban, Motovun or Labin to name just a few. Choose your favorites and visit the winery to learn about the growing and production of the grapes. Official tourist website of the Istria Tourist Board (istra.hr)
Wine events throughout the year
There are countless festivities featuring Istrian wine and food. Visit the northeast part of the region and take a train to visit 3 wineries Novigrad-Cittanova Wine Trail | Calendar of events in Istria (istra.hr). In late summer, during the harvest, take part in the ritual and volunteer to pick grapes. On November 11 join locals of Svt. Martin to honor the patron saint of winemakers, Saint Martin. In May explore northern Istria at the Buje Wine and Walk event. And don’t miss the last Sunday in May, Open wine cellar day in Motovun, where the town is overflowing with wine.
Vinistria recognizes top Istrian wines
One of the best opportunities to try a variety of locally produced wines is at a Vinistra event. The 27th Vinistra festival was held in Poreč’s Peškera Bay on 18-20 June. Each year they bring together over 100 Istrian wine producers to promote, judge, and recognize their outstanding quality and production. Discover the award winning native varieties such as Malvasia, Teran, Pinot, Merlot, Moscato, and Moscato rose.
Bike through the vineyards of Istria
Late summer is an excellent time to plan a bike voyage through the vineyards of Istria. The grapes will be ready for harvest and the sun will be mild. Join the nearby winery bike ride on 23rd October in Svetvinčenat. The Istrian tourism board has mapped out trails for cars and bikes throughout the region with signs along the road. ISTRIA BIKE – the official site | Home Page (istria-bike.com)
Relax and enjoy an Istrian wine
Relax by the pool and enjoy a glass of Malvasia wine, Istrian cheese, and local smoked pršut ham. Come stay at Seaways villas with family and friends this fall at Infinity pool villa San Amore – Villa in Divšići (seawaysvillas.com). The weather in fall is usually quite pleasant and our pools are heated accordingly. Escape the winter and enjoy the Mediterranean climate and cuisine.
Choose from any Seaways Villas. Contact us for availability and discounted off-season prices.
Cheers, Ingrid Buic