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Matusko Winery

Trstenik, Croatia
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The Best Wine You've Never Had Trstenik  Croatia

The Best Wine You've Never Had

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.