Friday, 29 May 2009

The vines are growing

Had a long day on the Peljesac Peninsula yesterday. The vineyards everywhere are quickly sprouting. The famous wine from Dingac has steep cliff side terraces, south-facing to receive the sun and the spray with the south wind, thus giving the wines the award-winning taste.

Drove to Viganj which is near the tip of the peninsula - about 2 hours north of Dubrovnik. This delightful village has many stone captain's houses lining the coast (the big ones go for 1 million euros). A very unhurried laid back resort, with kite-surfers, wind-surfers and campers relaxing and enjoying the peace. A 15 minute ferry ride brings you to the island of Korcula, with Korcula walled town like a mini Dubrovnik.

Driving back along the windy narrow roads I had to stop and take a photo at Trstenik. See above the red roof of a frontline house belonging to private estate owner with acres of vineyards, priceless location. The sea looks Caribbean-like. Trstenik is a home of Grgic Vina Winery that was founded by Napa Valley winemaker Mike Grgich, a Croatian emigre, in 1958. Grgich, who earned international fame as the winemaker at Calistoga's Chateau Montelena, founded his own Grgich Hills winery in Rutherford in 1971. Red wine Plavac Mali is famous produce of this winery.

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