When we arrived in Croatia, we were surprised to learn that the Zinfandel grape's ancestral origins are in Dalmatia.
Eager to taste wine, and try authentic cuisine in the Split area, we embarked on a fantastic and private day trip. As a gluten-intolerant traveler and 'selectarian' eater who only eats poultry/ fish, I was uncertain about the menus, but Secret Dalmatia's director, Alan, was quite patient, and lined up fantastic gluten-free offerings for me for the entire day. In doing so, he introduced us to a superb network of locals who are passionate about great wine, fantastic food, and Croatian culture.
Our first stop was a cozy wine bar in Split, where we sampled a flight of wines from the island of Korčula. Our hosts, Srdjan & Igor were jovial and patient as we bombarded them with questions about Croatian culture and history.
Next, we were whisked off to a winery in nearby Kaštela where up-and-coming-vintner, Anton, was eager to take us up to the vineyards that his family's been tending for more than a century. It was magical being there just before sunset, overlooking the city of Split and the azure Adriatic. And then it was time for dinner with Jakša, who treated us to an incredible four-course spread, and of course, more exceptional wine. Our favorites were the Zinfandel Risotto and Tuna Pašticada.
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