Wineries in Istria are awesome. If I remember them correctly. You know that a visit to the winery typically includes lots of wine-tasting. Wine-tasting could potentially affect my, otherwise good, judgement (you have been warned!). However from what I believe I have experienced on my visits to these wineries in Istria, I put them at the top of my list of wineries in Istria worth a visit.
Istria is really a lovely region. And I am very happy to call it a home. One of the strange affaires I've had here is my complete shift from red to white wines. Istrian signiture wine is a white grape variety, called Istarska Malvazija. And I am totally crazy about this wine. Bear in mind that this is the wine to taste on your visit to any Istrian winery, even if you are not into white wines. Authentic, fresh, and light, this is a flagship wine that you simply cannot ignore if you visit any of the wineries in Istria.
Best wineries in Istria (to my taste)
I don't even know where to start when it comes to Kozlovic winery. Beautiful architecture, friendly staff (thanks, Marko!), fixed working hours (not always the case, thus we've learnt to appreciate this fact), and fabulous wines. Oh, I've almost forgot to mention the location! Kozlovic Winery is located close to Momjan, well off the beaten path, surrounded by olive groves, and beautiful landscapes. Combine a visit to the winery with a lunch at Stari podrum restaurant, and you'll set yourself for a great day.
- Contacts: Vale 78, Momjan; t: +385 52 779 177; e-mail: [email protected];
- Working hours: Monday-Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Wines we like: Santa Lucia, Muscat Rose
This is another gorgeous winery to visit in the vicinity of Momjan. The property is nice, a traditional stone building featuring wine cellar, a retail area, tasting room, and even a small museum dedicated to wine and wine making process. Surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, it makes for an excellent vantage point. On a clear day you can see, not only the Adriatic sea, but also the Alps. The particularity of Kabola Winery is that they use “amphorae” for fermenting the wine. These are actually the large terra cota pots buried underground. Very interesting winery to visit!
- Contacts: Kanedolo 90, Momjan; t: +385 99 7207 106; e: [email protected];
- Working hours: Monday-Saturday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Wines we like: Malvasia Amphora, Sparkling wine Re
Cuj is one of our favorite winemakers in Istria. He is passionate, hard-working and wine-loving man. Visit to his winery is a great experience, and he and his family will make you feel very welcome and at ease while sharing with you their family's history of wine-making and viticulture. Cuj also produces four extra virgin olive oils. His property is nice, and consists of an oil mill, wine cellar, and a tasting room with an open fireplace.
- Contacts: Farnažine bb, Umag; t: +385 52 732 385; +385 98 219 277; e: [email protected];
- Working hours: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily
- Wines we like: Malvasia Baština, Cuj Rosé
Bruno Trapan is a rock'n'roll star of wine making in Istria. He's so cool that we've been almost intimidated visiting his winery and meeting him (OK, we're exaggerating, but we were pleased to meet him). Like we've met Mick Jagger for real. Just better :). He belongs to the younger generation of wine makers. He's charismatic, and fun to be around. Very active on social media, there is almost no wine blogger or wine journalist who comes to Istria and doesn't visit Trapan Winery in Sisan near Pula. His winery is modern. The tasting room, decorated in dark brown wood, features a large tasting table and a nice fireplace. Great winery to visit if you are in Istria.
- Contacts: Giordano Dobran 63, Sisan; t: +385 98 244 457; e: [email protected];
- Working hours: by appointment
- Wines we like: Ponente, Rubi Rosé
Roxanich is a living proof that the wine can be made in many ways. This guy doesn't buy a story of young, fresh, and light whites. Instead, his wines are orange, an aged white wines full of character. (Oh, I really love his Ines u bijelom wine). The winery is located in a small village, only 10 minutes drive from Porec (Yay, one of the best and located so close to home!). Since Roxanich takes a different approach, ages his wines, and leaves a must in conntact with skin for up to 180 days, you can have an excellent vertical tasting of the same wine. This is a great way to witness first hand how the wine actually develops through different stages.
- Contacts: Kosinožići 26, Nova Vas; t: +385 91 6170 700; e: [email protected];
- Working hours: by appointment
- Wines we like: Ines u bijelom, SuperIstrian
Wineries in Istria: Map locations
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Do you like to visit a winery? Is there any winery anywhere in the world you would recommend us to visit?