PELJEŠAC – An empire of mighty Plavac and Paradise for wine lovers
Peninsula is a destination for high- quality wines, beautiful wineries, active holidays and beautiful beaches.
Habitants of Pelješac live in accordance with the centuries-old tradition of cultivating olive groves and vineyards, of which some are generated in hard-to-reach areas, testifying to the efforts and persistence of our people. There, a cruel Dalmatian karst gave mightiest Plavac. As this sort on the peninsula gives the best results it is not surprising that with it is planted 90% of the Peljesac vineyards, which is one of the largest in Croatia ( 2nd, 1st is Istria ). Due to the reflection of the sun from the sea and the stone are created excellent conditions for the accumulation of sugar in grapes, particularly the famous Pelješac’s Dingac and Postup, but also Ponikve and Milija, who are creating beautiful landscapes descending toward the sea.
This peninsula is best to get to know if you start a thematic path “Peninsula wine empire” or ”Napoleon path ” which is 61 kilometers long, passing the whole Peljesac and today this is an integral part of the trail for active tourism.
Vineyards cover large tracts of the Pelješac peninsula, starting in Ston and stretching all the way northwest to Orebić. Plavac Mali wine for which the peninsula is famous; deep color, rich, fruity and full-bodied, with lots of tannins and a comparatively high alcohol level (13-15%). The moister soil of the vineyards found slightly inland produce Plavac mali that is lighter and marginally less distinguished than the Plavac Mali that originates on the stony southern coast, where arid conditions and salty breezes produce vines that are low in yield but rich in flavor. These south-coast wines are so specific that they were among the first Croatian wines to be accorded an appellation denoting the precise village they’re from, notably Dingač and Postup. Harvesting the vine-clad slopes above Dingač and Postup involves back-breakingly hard work. Some of the vineyards are so steep that grape-pickers have to harness themselves with ropes and almost abseil down to gather the crop.
Wine tourism is increasingly big business in Pelješac and it’s an ideal place to cruise the wineries, sample and buy. An increasing number of top Pelješac wineries such as Korta Katarina and Saints Hills now have visitors’ centuries where you can taste wines and buy bottles. The village of Potomje, just inland from Dingač, is full of small family wineries, many of which sell their produce from a small farmhouse shop or a summer-only roadside stall.LET’S START…
STON AND MALI STON –
Ston can offer, this Medieval little town with whose history reaches back as far as the 14th century. It is a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe(5,5km), with narrow quiet streets, noble ancient houses and with traces of ancient cultures.
Its former value as a „salt city“ gets confirmed even today in the plants of the oldest active salt-works in the world. These saltworks have remained faithful to the tradition and to the natural way of salt production which has not changed since remote ages.
Do not miss to taste the mussels and oysters, the most famous delicacy of crystal clear bay of Mali Ston, which is along with the wine famous trademark of Pelješac
Admission 15 HRK open from May to Oct from 7 am to 7 pm.
RESTAURANTS IN STON…
You can find restaurant Bota Šare, Mali Ston in narrow center waterfront, situated withing old castle. Wide palette of oysters, fish, shellfish are prepared as per original local recipes that bring finger licking food to your table ( ask for gradele, popara, buzara, brudet… ) Do not miss to try local risotto. Black risotto, and homemade bread from natural fire heated oven.
- Marina Držića 1, Ston, 20000, Dubrovnik
If your travels take you to Mali Ston, visit the gastronomic temple of family Kralj – restaurant “Captain’s House”, for years is one of the leading restaurants in Croatia and winner of many awards for its work. The name of the object has its own history – for years it was the headquarter where Captain lived.
- Obala dr. Ante Starčevića 9, 20230, Mali Ston
This is about a 10-minute detour from the highway going to/from Dubrovnik, a charming restaurant where you can enjoy in local fresh oysters that everyone needs to try for a full experience of local culture. Black risotto with seafood is delicious and restaurants specialty. Best place for perfect Adriatic meal.
- Imena Isusova 25,Ston 20230, Croatia
- +385 (020) 754158
Trpanj – For active holidays lovers
It can be reached in two ways – driving along the road through the picturesque landscape of Peljesac or ferry from Ploce. In this tourist town that is one of the oldest on the peninsula fans of active holidays will fall in love. Resulting in the ancient Gradina with unique belvedere, Trpanj and its surroundings you can see on one of the bike trails, and just as you enjoy at one of the four mountain trails – Whitter, Lozica, Pascal’s way and Milosevic or themed trails such as the Roads herbs and Roads of Olive oil.
Windusrfing in Viganj
WATER WINDSURFING CENTER is located in Viganj on Pelješac one of the windiest and suitable windsurfing destinations in Croatia since the early 80s because of fantastic wind conditions for every level of windsurfing and also for total beginners. Every year it hosts Croatian national championship and this year also Central European formula championship. The windsurfing courses and lessons are offered in the following Languages: English, German, Croatian, Slovenian, Polish, Czech.