Duration: 07 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021
Location: Slovenia, Croatia
Price: $3700 USD
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Kabaj's Rebula wine from Slovenia's Goriska Brda region
Tasting at Tilia winemaker's home on Harvest Tour
homemade prosciutto sliced - Harvest Tour
Herbal marmalades of Istria on Harvest Tour
Prekmurje sausages at Gostilna Rajh on Harvest Tour

 

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 fifteen years of running small group tours to Slovenia and Croatia, guests routinely told him how undersold the food and wine was. So he decided to create a tour to showcase the best food, wine and culinary traditions while making sure guests get personally introduced to all this deliciousness by those that create them in their cellars, vineyards and kitchens.

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.

 

    • • Engage on a personal level with local wine makers in six different micro regions

      • Don’t be afraid to get your shoes dirty in the forests as you follow truffle-hunting dogs for your next meal

      • Indulge your sweet tooth with Slovenian ‘potica’ cakes, honey ice cream and hand made chocolate truffles

      • Enjoy the secluded view down to the Adriatic Sea from your hotel and Michelin starred restaurant

      • Savor gourmet goat cheeses, olive oils, prosciutto and handmade pasta 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 and other local treats off the beaten path in eastern Slovenia’s eastern ‘chicken-head’ region

      • Get your fill of traditional home-cooked meals and local spirits at rustic, countryside eateries

  • October 7th – October 17th, 2021

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

  • $3700

    10 dinners (wine included), 8 lunches, 10 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.

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

    Kumparicka goat cheese farm in Istria

    Italian BIO dairy farm with herbed cheeses

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

 

Some highlights from our 2019 Harvest Tour.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:

Intro to Slovenian wines and a very memorable welcome dinner

Overnight: Vipava Valley, Slovenia

Overview of Slovenian history, wine making and geography AND intro to Vipava Valley’s predominantly white wines (Pinela, Zelen and Malvazija) at Lepa Vida winery.  Extravagant and imaginative welcome dinner at Zemono restaurant, Gault & Millau pick for Slovenia’s top restaurant.

 

Day 2: Young winemakers of Vipava and Karst regions

Overnight: Vipava Valley, Slovenia

Tour and tasting at one of the country’s premiere biodynamic winemakers, Guerila. Visit to hill town of Stanjel in the Karst region, a region dominated by air-dried prosciutto, bold red Teran wines, caves and stone houses. Tasting of Teran (fresh, aged and barrique styles) and Vitovska (indigenous white of the Karst) at CV winery. Four course dinner at Majerija restaurant/homestead, where we overnight in Vipava.

 

Day 3: Prosciutto, caves and macerated wines

Overnight: Brda region, Slovenia

Tour of UNESCO protected Skocjan caves, an amazing underground world featuring Europe’s deepest underground canyon. Typical Karst lunch at local family’s agriturismo who make virtually everything on the table, including a killer honey ice cream! Arrive into Brda, Slovenia’s most prestigious wine region and get a great intro to the region’s flagship white, Rebula. Check into lodgings at a villa with patio opening up to rolling hills and olive groves. Five course dinner paired with orange/macerated wines at Kabaj winery.

 

Day 4: Cross border tastings Italy and Slovenia

Overnight: Brda region, Slovenia

Optional visit to outdoor First World War museum before exploring the narrow streets of Brda’s most charming hill town, Smartno. Lunch of traditional white polenta in a sauce of prosciutto and peas with a surprise dessert that will prompt you to ask the chef for her recipe. Explore the originator of orange wines on the Italian side of Brda (known as Collio) at Radikon winery. Enjoy a wonderful array of comfort foods at a Slovenian family-run restaurant in Italy.

 

Day 5: Slovenia’s top Sparkling wine and organic cheese

Overnight: Brda region, Slovenia

Start the day with Slovenia’s best sparkling wines and a tour of the region’s oldest cellar at Bjana winery. Mouthwatering cheeses (herbal, aged and fresh cheeses) at Zoff, a BIO-certified dairy that also makes the regional cheese and potato soufflé called frico. Explore an Italian city founded by none other than Julius Caesar himself and meet with a local Friulian family that helped save the most typical indigenous red wine of the region called Schioppettino. Arrive back in Brda for a home-cooked dinner and samplings of more wines.

 

Day 6: A Taste of Two Istria regions

Overnight: Istria region, Croatia

Visit to gorgeous little seaside town of Piran. Tour of olive orchard followed by beautiful lunch overlooking Venetian salt flats. Cross into Croatia and check-in to your hotel in the enchanting artisan hill town of Groznjan. Tuck into some refreshing semi-sweet Momjanski Muskat wine followed by a dinner grilled Istrian sausages, Boškarin (Istrian ox) ragu over melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi plus other regional delights at a rustic taverna.

 

Day 7: Goat cheese feast

Overnight: Istria region, Croatia

Get your taste buds ready for a wholly unique pairings of honey and wine – served as one spoonful together – from a great central Istrian winemaker who also keeps bees. Epic goat cheese feast at Kumparicka farm that is far off the tourist grid with home cooked stews, soups and tasty surprises, not to mention about a dozen types of soft and semi-hard goat cheeses to go with hot-out-of-the-oven bread. Consistently one of our guests’ favorite experiences on any of tours! Later afternoon visit to historic Venetian town of Rovinj, Croatia’s most beautiful seaside town. Dinner on your own.

 

Day 8: Truffle food coma and chill out with a view

Overnight: Kvarner region, Croatia

Morning to browse the charming hill town of Motovun with glorious views all around. Then we ead 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. Chill out with fantastic views down to the sea at our secluded hotel perched up on Mt. Ucka near the Bay of Kvarner. 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. Four course seafood dinner in an elegant one-star Michelin restaurant, Draga di Lovrana.

 

Day 9: Štajerska wines and charms of Jeruzalem

Overnight: Jeruzalem village, Slovenia

Cross back into Slovenia to discover the oldest still-producing vine in Europe (400 years old) before an introductory tasting of wines from Slovenia’s Štajerska region and lunch at Joannes winery. Visit to Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town situated on the Drava river. Arrive into perhaps the most beautiful of all Slovenia’s micro wine regions – Jeruzalem. Meet with  owner of Kupljen winery and taste his macerated and experimental twists on many of the classic wines of eastern Slovenia, not to mention his love of Star Wars that has made a mark on the wines. Dinner at his restaurant, surrounded by terraced vineyards.

 

Day 10: Farewell at Slovenia’s Chicken Head

Overnight: Jeruzalem village, Slovenia

Learn how Slovenes make the delicious nutty and smokey taste of pumpkin seed oil, the ubiquitous speciality of the region, a mill in . Chocolate tastings featuring local products in innovative and unusual combinations at a young couple’s shop.  Tuck into regional specialities of what is affectionately known as the ‘chicken head’ of the country, Prekmurje. Taste dishes such as bograc, a spicier, thicker cousin to goulash, and gibanica, a multi-layered cake which seemingly has every ingredient packed into it, at the much heralded Gostilna Rajh.

 

Day 11: Transfer to airport / End of Tour