Istria is a prosperous wine-producing region due to its climate and soil. The most famous Istrian Malvasia goes alongside Teran, Muscat, Merlot, and Carbet Sauvignon. Istria is now one of the top 10 wine destinations in both the world and Europe thanks to several of these wine varietals.
Istria is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Europe because the Greeks brought the first grapes there in the sixth century BC. It is hardly surprise that one of the top tourist destinations is the wine route, which allows visitors to sample regional wines in taverns and cellars while also learning about winemaking.
Let’s go on a tour of the most famous Istrian wineries.
The greatest treasure of the Roxanich estate are undoubtedly its wines. It is fitting then, that they should be kept safe deep inside their cellar. Visit the cutting-edge new winery below the hotel, a masterpiece of design by the renowned architect Idis Turato. Selection of 20 organic labels ranges from crisp whites to honeysuckle rosés, to long aged and macerated white, orange and deep, dark and rich reds, divided into three distinct collections: PHILOSOPHY, SORELLE and FIRST ROSES. You can book a wine tasting tour on their website and purchase their selection of wines via website or on the spot after the wine tasting.
“The Red Land” of the Meneghetti vineyards is cultivated in an ecologically sustainable manner with deep respect towards nature. Along with the autochthonous sorts, Meneghetti winery are cultivating international varieties that get special characteristics, affected by the local terroir, the unique soil, and the environment full of Mediterranean vegetation. You can schedule a tasting session on their official website and stay at the Meneghetti hotel to enjoy yourself to the fullest.
Kabola is situated in the northwestern Istrian peninsula at 275m above sea level, with a view of the Alps and the Dolomites on one side and the lush greenery of pristine nature and a beautiful sea panorama on the other. Through shorter or longer maceration in oak barrels and amphorae, grapes gain special notes. This is how Kabola wines are born: Istrian Malvasia, Malvasia Unica, Amphora Malvasia, Momjan Muscat, RE Sparkling Wine, Teran, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran Amfora, Supremo. They offer a choice of four tasting programmes according to your preferences.
Kozlović Winery offers visitors to get to know the history of Istria and winemaking and the indigenous varieties of the region. They offer two programs: Explore and Taste and Meet the Estate. They will host you on the terrace overlooking the Valle vineyard where the story of their family began back in 1904. Tastings last for two hours with wine, delicacies, and olive oil. In 2017, Kozlović Winery won a bronze medal for Malvasia at the world’s largest Decanter competition.