Duration: 26 Oct 2018 - 06 Nov 2018
Location: Slovenia, Croatia
Price: $3800 USD
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Our Harvest Tour is a one of a kind opportunity to sit down and talk with the generous and hospitable owners, wine makers and local producers in their cellars, houses, restaurants, shops and mills. A special invitation into peoples’ place of work & passion that focuses on the history, wine making traditions and culinary magic of these countries.

Over the past thirteen years of running small group tours to Slovenia and Croatia, guests routinely told us how undersold the food and wine was. So we decided to create a new tour that is designed to showcase the best food, wine and culinary traditions that these diverse regions have to offer. And there’s no better time of year to immerse in this culinary utopia than the harvest season. Most of the tourists have gone home, the leaves are turning color, vineyards are being harvested and the smell of wood stoves and heavenly aromas float through the cool air. This unique tour features a variety of home-cooked dinners, a few very special five-course meals, strolls in the beautiful wine country, ten wine tastings and an array of other tastings including honey, olive oil, jams, fruits and truffles.

Nearly two weeks of stimulating your taste buds can be a bit much. That’s why we’re leaving time for curious guests to back away from the kitchen table and go explore castles, stroll through old Venetian towns, discover colorful frescoes in tiny churches and make a personal connection between the food, the land and its people. Like with our other tours, a maximum group size of ten guests lends itself to a more intimate travel experience served up with a genuine, personal touch.

 

    • • Wine and dine with special meals hosted by top winemakers in Goriska Brda, Slovenia’s premier wine region

      • Get your feet muddy in the forests as you follow truffle-hunting dogs sniffing out your next meal

      • Indulge your sweet tooth with local cream cakes, honey ice cream and hand made chocolate truffles

      • Enjoy traditional home-cooked meals, dried meats and local spirits at rustic farmhouses throughout the Slovenian countryside

      • Savor  gourmet goat cheeses, olive oils, pastas, fresh Malvasia wines and many more treats in Croatia’s Istria gourmet region

      • Soak in the atmosphere at a converted 13th century chateau with sparkling wine tastings

      • Discover the nutty flavor of pumpkin seed oil, mouth-watering bograc stew and smoked meats in eastern Slovenia, loving referred to as ‘the chicken-head’

  • October 26th – November 6th, 2018

    For a different preferred start date or request for a private tour (4-10 people), please contact us for scheduling and price quote.

  • $3800

    11 dinners (wine included), 9 lunches, 11 nights lodging at B&B and farmhouses (en-suite), 10 wine tastings, tastings of olive oil, honey, pumpkin oil and truffles, transport, private guide, transfers to/from airport.

  • Slovenian farmhouses from NY Times

    Kabaj Morel Wines ranked in Top 100 Wineries in the world.

    Kumparicka goat cheese farm in Istria

    History of  Draga di Lovrana Hotel situated near Kvarner Bay, Croatia 

 

Proud to announce that our 2018 Harvest Tour features all 3 wineries in our SLO WineHighway road trip (but thankfully not all in one-day like in this video). 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Slovenia

Overnight: Brda, Slovenia

Transfer from airport and head straight to Goriska Brda, the country’s premiere wine destination. Home cooked dinner of typical Brda specialties at the home of one of Slovenia’s finest natural wine makers. Many unique cuvée blends and orange wines here. Wine will be paired with each dish served..

Day 2:Culinary Delights of Slovenia’s Goriska Brda region

Overnight: Brda, Slovenia

Breakfast out on the patio overlooking vineyards and hill towns of Brda. Today will be filled with tastings of all that Brda has to offer and visits to some of its scenic and historic villages and towns. First a trip to cellars located in Visnajvic, the birthplace of Rebula wine, the quintessential wine of this region. Of the 2000 hectares of vineyards here in Brda, 25% produce Rebula. A tour and then lunch of mouthwatering cheeses (herbal, aged and fresh cheeses) at Bio dairy in Italy’s neighboring Collio region. Five-course ‘slow-food’ dinner paired with wines at winery which continually ranks on the list of 100 best wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits Magazine.

Day 3: Dry sparkling and Teran wines

Overnight: Karst, Slovenia

Start the day with Slovenia’s best sparkling wines and a tour of oldest cellar in Brda (dating from 13th century). Lunch of white polenta, prosciutto and peas in the only fortified hill town left in Brda. In Slovenia’s karst area we’ll enjoy the two most iconic culinary items of the region: prosciutto and Teran wine. Sit down and meet with one of Slovenia’s youngest and brightest wine makers in a tiny Karst village and try his red blends and Teran wines in three varieties. Mouth-watering home-cooked dinner and to-die-for honey ice cream at agroturismo (farmhouse) in the countryside.

Day 4: Wines of Vipava Valley

Overnight: Karst region, Slovenia

Walk off all the great food and wine with a visit to UNESCO protected Skocjan caves and see amazing underground world featuring Europe’s deepest underground canyon. We travel from the karst to Vipava Valley where strong burja winds up to 175 km/hr make wine making a challenge. First we  learn the history of wine making in this valley and the nitty-gritty of the wine business as we hang out with expert winemaker and try his line of Pinto Noir and Pinot Gris. Dinner at wine maker’s house featuring Vipava’s fresh white wines of Zelen, Pinela and Malvazija plus a 10 year old aged Cabernet.

Day 5: A Taste of Two Istrias

Overnight: Istria region, Croatia

Morning visit to gorgeous little seaside town of Piran where touches of Venetian empire are all around. Special visit to olive orchard for beautiful lunch and meet with English-Slovenian couple who have organic/BIO olive orchard in Slovenia’s Istria region with sea views down to salt flats. Cross over into Croatia, tuck into some refreshing semi-sweet Momjanski Muskat followed by a dinner grilled Istrian sausages, ox ragu over melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi plus other regional delights at a rustic taverna.

Day 6: Truffles and Istria Hill Towns

Overnight: Istria region, Croatia

Head to the forests with a local woman and her dogs to sniff out and dig up truffles. Hopefully we will find some truffles but regardless there will be a special truffle-themed lunch in the countryside. Then browse the charming hill town of Motovun with glorious views all around. Enjoy a dinner of succulent lamb or veal cooked under a metal lid covered in embers known as ispod peka by locals..

 

Day 7: Goat Cheese Crazy

Overnight: Istria region, Croatia

Morning visit to historic Venetian town of Rovinj, Croatia’s most beautiful seaside town. Visit to olive oil maker to see the family’s old olive oil equipment (from 1930’s) along with tastings and a demonstration of modern oil making techniques. Epic goat cheese feast at a goat farm far off the tourist grid with home cooked stews, sausages and tasty surprises, not to mention about a dozen types of soft and semi-hard goat cheeses. Consistently one of our guests’ favorite experiences on any of tours!

Day 8: Chill Out With A View !

Overnight: Kvarner region, Croatia Slovenia

Afternoon to meet a young Frenchmen whose Croatian heritage brought him to start Piquentum Winery. Tasting of his Istrian Teran and classic white Malvasia. Chill out with fantastic views down to sea at our secluded hotel perched up on Mt. Ucka. Relax with your favorite wine and watch the sun go down over the Adriatic or take an easy walk to waterfalls through a quiet chestnut grove. Five course seafood dinner in elegant restaurant.

Day 9: Southern Slovenia’s Wine Roads Less Traveled

Overnight: Eastern Slovenia

Sparkling wine tour and tasting in Slovenia bucolic southern region, often missed by visitors. Picnic lunch amongst picturesque vineyards and wine cottages. A visit to underground cellars called repnica which are carved out of sand that were use to store vegetables but now hide wines. Home made cognac, indigenous white wine of Šipon and dinner at rustic farmhouse set amongst the vineyards

Day 10: Idyllic Charms and Flavors of Eastern Slovenia

Overnight: Eastern Slovenia

Guided walking tour around Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town situated on the Drava river. Learn how farmers make the delicious nutty and smokey taste of pumpkin seed oil, the ubiquitous speciality of the region. Chocolate tastings featuring local products in innovative and unusual combinations at a family run shop. Visit to the top restaurant in the region for dinner of quintessential Prekmurje dishes of bograc (spicy stew with 3 types of meat) and gibanica (a complex multi-layered cake).

Day 11: Honey, schnapps and glacial lakes

Overnight: Bled, Slovenia

Morning wine tasting with 360 degree views of hilltop churches and rolling hills of Austria at the Doppler Winery, where it’s the women who’ve made wines for the past two generations. Lite home made lunch with Monika, a Bled local who makes her own cheeses, dried meats, traditional cakes, herbal liqueurs. Learn the history, importance and secrets of bees with a local Slovenian beekeeper followed by a tasting of his honeys. Farewell dinner at Bled castle overlooking gorgeous Lake Bled down below

Day 12: Transfer to airport / End of Tour