The history of Dubrovnik is intertwined with wine. From the Greeks and the Romans to the times of Republic of Dubrovnik, the grape was cultivated and nurtured and its nectar celebrated. In fact one of the most important and treasured products of the Republic of Dubrovnik was its wine. Wine literally pumped through the veins of the Republic.
Never heard of Croatian wines? The story is rather fascinating, with more international experts praising the unique contribution they are making to the wine world. With more than 130 indigenous varieties, there is plenty to discover, including Crljenak Kaštelanski, which was recently proven to be the source of that American favourite, Zinfandel. That's right, the Original Zin is from Croatia! Dalmatia's finest red is also a relative of Zinfandel, Plavac Mali (literally 'little blue' after the tiny dark blue grapes on its vines), and the good news for Sun Gardens Dubrovnik guests is the very best Plavac Mali is on your doorstep. The Pelješac Peninsula is home to the best wines of this excellent variety, a short self-drive from the hotel, or one which can be arranged via reception as a private wine tour. Don't miss the famous oysters of Ston as you enter the peninsula.
At the end of Pelješac, a short 15-minute ferry takes you to fabled Korčula Town, birthplace of Marco Polo, and the gateway to two of Croatia's best loved white varieties. Of the two, Pošip is more widely drunk, with its vineyards centred in the central Cara region, while the more intriguing is Grk, which only grows on sandy soil in Lumbarda, and where wine tourists can only buy two bottles a time, such is the limited supply. Alternatively, head a little south of Dubrovnik to the fascinating and lesser visited region of Konavle, with its ancient traditions and way of life, where the rare Dubrovnik Malvasia is king of the whites, and where some excellent Merlot is also produced.
No time to explore? Sun Gardens Dubrovnik restaurants and bars are waiting to help you with your Croatian wine discovery. With an outstanding range of local and Croatian wines, coupled with expert knowledge of our staff, your Croatian wine experience begins at the resort, and rest assured – the Croatian wine story is every bit as old and fascinating as the amazing Dalmatia region itself.