During Open Wine Cellars Day, over 80 wine producers in the Istrian region throw open their doors to allow the public to sample their fine wines. An event which has now turned into a tradition and a chance for wine producers to show off their wares, Open Wine Cellars Day is an opportunity to taste what is generally recognised to be some of the best wine in Croatia. Wines to look out for are the white Istrian Malvasia and the Muscat of Momjan which is produced near the area of Buje. As well as the tasting, you’ll no doubt be regaled with anecdotes about local wine production and find out how the area has come to be known for its superior grapes.
Open Wine Cellars Day traditionally takes place on the last Sunday in May at wine production centres throughout the Istrian region. The event is completely free and there is no need to register - simply turn up at your vineyard of choice and you can find out all you’d like to know about the wine between 7am and 10pm. Vineyards in the towns of Vrsar, Novigrad, Rovinj, Buje, Umag and Porec will all be participating. Head to the Istria Tourist Board website for a full list of participating cellars.
While you’re in Istria sampling the finest of wines, make sure you try out some of the region’s traditional food as well. Homemade bread and soup from the finest local ingredients are mainstay dishes in Istria with wild asparagus being a particular favourite. During summer, try out the fresh shellfish which is renowned in the area. Winter is focused on roasted sausages and other meat dishes. A particular favourite all year round are the Istrian truffles which you’ll find fantastically complement the local wine.
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While you’re in the Istria for the festival, take the opportunity to discover the rest of this breathtaking natural area, including the Roman arena in Pula, Parish Church of St. Zenon, the Arco dei Sergi and the gorgeous Cape Kamenjak.
To find out more information about the event, please go to the Tourist Board website where you’ll be able to find a full list of participating vineyards, find directions to the wine cellars and learn more about Istrian wine.
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