When it comes to great wines, Croatia's Peljesac Peninsula doesn't exactly spring to mind the way Montepulciano or Rioja might. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't pay a visit to Peljesac's family-owned wineries and start swigging. Our favorite, by longshot, was Matusko, whose signature donkey-labeled wine wasn't just delicious, it was incredibly affordable. I'm talking 20 kuna, aka $4 US dollars for a bottle of Plavac Mali, a local grape that makes one fantastical, smooth, well-balanced red wine.
The friendly staff will pour you their entire lineup, including other reds (the Dingac is to die for, and that was only $18), whites, bubblies and roses. And DON'T forget the olive oil either.
Take a tour of the cellar room and check out all of the owner's cool antiques and vast barrel rooms. The owners certainly do have a quirky personality, evident in the cherry liquer they sell in bottles shaped like saxophones, motorcycles and high heels. Kooky good times.
We hired out a driver so we could partake in the tastings, but if you've got a designated driver, it's easy to rent a car and drive from Dubrovnik.