Treat yourself to an exemplary gastric experience on the beautiful Pelješac peninsula by eating oysters and drinking premier Croatian wines, in addition to enjoying the stunning landscape.
Meeting point is anywhere in Split you deem suitable – your personal driver will come and collect you at the appointed time – 8 am. A two and a half hour drive towards Pelješac will start.
We will arrive in Hodilje, a small village next to Ston, on the Pelješac peninsula, at about 10.30 am
One of the most beautiful peninsulas in Croatia, Pelješac is truly a sight to behold. If you ever comes there during a warm summer day, you will see colors floating around the coast of Pelješac – all faint in the light, yet so pure and distinct: amethyst, emerald, opal, agate hues, all mingling in the wavelets, and melting into the fields of vast sapphire blue beyond. Across these plains of gently swaying color, in the great days of the peninsula, here lived ancient Greeks and Romans. Today, Pelješac is known for its extensive wine making tradition.
First, we will take a tour of the oyster factory. We will sail to the oyster farm by boat, tasting fresh oysters and mussels en-route.
Shakespeare once wrote: “The world is your oyster” – meaning that you can achieve anything you wish in life or go anywhere because you have the opportunity or ability to do so. Of all the things he could have chosen to express this strong sentiment, he chose oysters, and one has to wonder why. Infinitely patient and completely devoted, oysters take their time – centuries even – to create the ultimate treasure – the pearl. Pearls are very hard to locate thus are very precious and beautiful.
Oysters with have a strong, peculiar taste of the sea, unlike any other food. Oysters usually come with various accouterments (lemon, cocktail sauce, a mignonette sauce of red-wine vinegar and shallots), but purists recommend eating it totally raw. And yes, when eating them, chew. There is an urban legend that says it’s best not to bite them at all. However, it’s this simple: if you don’t chew the oyster, you won’t get the full flavor.
After the tour is finished, we come to the winery touring part of our excursion. First stop – Matuško winery!
The Matusko family has been in the wine-making business for centuries and to keep up with the times they modernized their winery in 1998, building it to match any French chateau you can think of. Taste premium wines made from mali plavac grapes. This wine is dense, lavish, dark and beautiful . The smell is intoxicating with balsamic notes, and scents of the Mediterranean maquis, notes of ripe berry wild fruit, a little bit of exotic fruits, plums, leather, clove, cedar. It’s a wine with a distinct character and its own style. The taste is juicy and and soft, strong like chocolate, with a long finish like cherry dipped in alcohol.
Second stop after Matuško winery is another paraside for al lovers of wine – Miloš winery!
Frane Miloš, the current head of the Miloš winery, was born in a 700 year old house that always had a room for processing and storing wine. The wine making tradition has been in the family for so long it’s impossible to say who started it. Today they own ten acres worth of vineyards, where they plant the “plavac mali” grape, which today is synonymous with the Pelješac peninsula. South, sun-drenched slopes are sandy, with an extremely porous soil that give this micro-location a particular “taste”. Miloš has always claimed that for any good winemaker it is necessary to experience the space and to master it, all with the energy of the human hands and as little machines application as possible. He has invested much work in the vineyard, managing it like a skilled weaver manages the fabric he is making, stitch by stitch.
Afterwards, we will return back to Split.
PRICE: From 107 € per person
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 11
TRANSPORTATION: Luxury mini bus, Mercedes Sprinter 513, the only one of its kind in Croatia
DEPARTURE TIME: 8 am
END LOCATION: Split
DURATION: Full day program
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The program as described, pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, oyster farm, winery tastings
WHAT IS EXCLUDED: Personal expenses