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Tuesday, 21 September 2021 08:51

Grape harvesting in Peljesac and Konavle

If there is a part of Croatia that can be considered a wine heaven, it is definitely the Peljesac paeninsula.
Azure sea, not a too hot climate, and tons of sun provide everything that you need, to have a perfect glass of wine.

There, one thing holds a rather privileged status. A drink that is at the same time healthy, if used in moderation and an accessory to your dinner, especially to a dinner out. The drink of the gods.... Martin Luther once said: "Beer is made by men, wine by God!"

Grape harvesting in Croatia usually starts early September and lasts till late October. There is no time at a vineyard or a winery like harvest time! Every single part of the organization is engaged - winemakers checking the sugar levels in the grapes, people picking them, the cellars with tanks are cleaned... harvest time is not just a hard day's work but it is a fun time, too. Usually, everyone in the family, after finishing harvesting, get together for a quick breakfast or lunch, with tea, coffee, homemade pastries, cheese, prosciutto, or some other food, home prepared - it is not about the food at all, but it is about gathering together around the food to catch up and take a break, and finally sharing this food among all workers.

The picturesque and beautiful Peljesac paeninsula will easily shock you with its wine quality. Pelješac is one of the largest Croatian vineyards where Plavac mali reigns, it is these slopes, 25% steep, on which vineyards are grown and some genuinely spectacular wines are made. Vineyards cover large tracts of the Peljesac peninsula, starting in Ston and stretching northwest to the outskirts of Orebic. Vineyards are spread down the steep slopes of the paeninsula. With its long winemaking tradition and plenty of unique grape varieties, it will provide you with a unique wine tasting experience.

Let’s get a bit deeper into the issue of the best Pelješac wines. There is plenty to choose from: white Rukatac grape, cultivated with moderately successful results, Plavac Mali, the absolute king of Dalmatian red wines, for which the peninsula is famous, Dingac and Postup are appelations in this area - with over 250 wineries on Peljesac, it is pretty obvious how much wine is important to the people that live here.
Visitors can tour some of these cellars and taste some of the best Croatian wines on our scheduled tours to Korcula island, which include stops in Pelješac for wine tasting in one of the famous local wine cellars. Red, white, dry-there are plenty of options in Peljesac, whatever you fancy...

Another wine lover's heaven is the fertile Konavle valley, the place for excellent wines in Croatia. Apart from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, internationally recognized grapes, some native grapes are cultivated: Plavac mali, Kadarun, Dalmatinka... Among them all, Dubrovnik Malvasija takes a very special place. Being a rather sweet grape, it is also used in production of the famous Prosek, sweet desert wine, produced exactly here in Konavle valley.

If travelling through Croatia, make sure to include Konavle and Peljesac in your travel paths and taste some of the excellent wines produced there.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 10:20

Čilipi folklore tour

Čilipi, this small picturesque place on the far southeast of Croatia, only 20 kilometres from Dubrovnik, is a true treasure of traditional beauties.
Scattered on the hills, surrounded by the dense cypresses and pine trees, this is the place that is a must-see for any tourist visiting the south od Croatia. This small place is among the very rare places in Croatia still preserving the traditional values of the area, reflected in the local cultural heritage, elegant national costumes and silk embroideries. Its traditions and customs are passed down through generations. Sunday Fair in Čilipi will give you the opportunity to buy hand made souvenirs and embroideries, attend the Holy Mass at St. Nicholas’ church, visit the Konavle Ethnographic museum and enjoy the folklore performance.

For decades, from May to October the folklore dances have been held in Čilipi to entertain the tourists from all over the world and the locals, too. Through songs and dances given by the local folklore group, one gets to know a piece of the tradition of this area. Enjoy some of the most popular dances of this region - the oldest one, POTKOLO, or ČIČAK in which the female dancers are "stolen" from their dance partners by the male dancers.
The show will also present a piece of the traditional wedding as it was held in every family in Konavle over 50 years ago, where bride and groom celebrate their "I do" for the wholy matrimony, and the host, dressed in the national folklore costume, will drink to their health and propose a toast, by reciting a part of it. The toast expresses the faith in Our Father and a hope that this new married couple will be blessed in happiness and peace.

Be sure to make it through the end, as at the end of this 45 minute show, there will be a special dance held - LINĐO, interesting for the use of the musical instrument lijerica, that is very different from other instruments of the area, by its look and sound.

The local vocal group will introduce you to the customs of this area.

We are sure you will fall in love with this small place and all it has to offer. Do not miss to visit the Konavle Ethnographic museum founded in 1974, now arranged like a typical Konavle house, rich in exhibits of the Konavle folklore costumes and famous silk embroidery.
To offer you additional values, enjoy the visit of the local cellars and taste TRAVARICA (strong herbs brandy) and PROŠEK (mild sweet brandy).

Amazing opportunity to learn about the local customs through songs and dances, enjoy the local authentic souvenirs and learn all about the tradition and folklore!

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