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6 Must-Visit Wineries of Istria


The Istrian peninsula is not only known for its stunning coastline and medieval towns but also for its flourishing wine culture. Istria's diverse climate and fertile soil create the perfect conditions for grape cultivation, resulting in a burgeoning wine industry that has been gaining international acclaim.

If you're a wine enthusiast or simply appreciate the finer things in life, here are some of the best wineries in Istria that promise to tantalize your taste buds and leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Tomaz Winery / Motovun

Situated right next to the picturesque hilltop town of Motovun, Tomaz Winery is a family-owned establishment that has been making both locally and internationally awarded wines since 2008. Their dedication to traditional winemaking techniques, combined with a passion for innovation, results in wines that reflect the unique terroir of Istria. A visit to the ultra-modern facilities of Tomaz Winery offers the chance to savor a diverse range of masterfully crafted wines - from aged Merlot to fresh Malvasia, as well as innovative premium wines with locally sourced truffles.

Coronica Winery / Koreniki, Umag

Coronica, a winery owned by a family of the same name, is located in the village of Koreniki near Umag. They are renowned for their commitment to indigenous Istrian grape varieties. The winery's focus on traditional practices and a deep connection to the land is evident in every sip of their wines. Explore their cellars and sample their exceptional Malvasia, Teran, and Ottaviano wines, which perfectly capture the essence of Istria's wine heritage.

Radovan Winery / Radovani, Poreč

In the heart of central Istria, some 20 kilometers away from Poreč, Radovan Winery stands as a testament to the region's winemaking traditions. The Radovan family, which has been successfully running this business since 1994, emphasizes quality over quantity, producing a limited number of bottles that showcase the pure flavors of the grapes. Their Chardonnay, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc reflect the passion and dedication that go into every drop of every bottle.

Damjanić Winery / Fuškulin, Poreč

Set against the tranquil vineyards that have been there since the early 18th century, Damjanić Winery in the village of Fuškulin just outside Poreč is a place where modern technology and tradition harmonize. Their unique approach to winemaking results in distinct and memorable flavors, which have been recognized at local and international wine exhibitions. As you explore Damjanić cellars, you'll have the opportunity to taste the local classics, such as Istrian Malvasia, the ruby red Borgonja, and Yellow Muscat, as well as their exceptional premium wines like the award-winning Clemente Blanc.

Benvenuti Winery / Kladir, Motovun

Located in the charming village of Kaldir, Benvenuti Winery is a Benvenuti family project driven by a generational love for winemaking. Their wines reflect the fusion of tradition and modernity, with a focus on grape varieties indigenous to the region. Apart from the traditional wines, which include a fantastic Rosé and Caldierosso, Benvenuti’s biggest pride is the incredible Santa Elisabeta Teran. The winery's commitment to sustainability and quality is evident in every bottle, making it a must-visit destination for any wine aficionado. The fairytale-like views of Motovun and the surrounding lush vineyards are just another reason why you should not miss it.

Valenta Winery / Kladir, Motovun

Located just about 60 meters away from the Benvenuti, Valenta Winery is a hidden gem that invites visitors to explore the world of Istrian winemaking. The winery's dedication to preserving the natural beauty of the region while crafting exceptional wines is truly commendable. Teran Terre di Paradiso and Valenta Malvasia are some of the winery's best-recognized wines, but their Sauvignon Blanc and White Muscat are also worth a try. Immerse yourself in the serene rustic atmosphere and enjoy tastings that showcase the best of Istria's wine heritage.

Embark on a Vinous Journey in Istria

Istria's wineries are more than just places that produce wine; they are repositories of tradition, innovation, and passion. Each of these six family-owned wineries offers a unique perspective on Istria's wine culture, allowing visitors to taste the essence of the region in every sip. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a curious traveler, a visit to these must-see wineries in Istria promises an authentic and unforgettable vinous journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the art of winemaking.

If you’re looking for a perfect base for exploration of the Istrian wine scene, make sure to check out the 4* Aminess Maestral Hotel in the charming coastal town of Novigrad.

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