Zinfandel Wine and Brandy Tasting Half-Day Tour
For over a century wine lovers, viticulture experts and dedicated followers of taxonomy have pondered the fascinating question of Zinfandel’s origins and migratory route to the U. S. No more so than in California, where the grape settled in the early 1800s and easily adapted to the topography and climate in regions such as Napa, Sonoma and Mendoncino.
From 1997-2002 a team of American and Croatian experts toured Dalmatian vineyards collecting samples for DNA profiling when, almost out of funds and vineyards to stroll at, they found a perfect match in a small vineyard in Kastela region near Split where just a few plants survived. Locals call this grape Crljenak Kastelanski (The Black Grape from Kastela).
We will start the tour with a short walking tour of Split where we will firstly taste 6 different local Dalmatian brandies and local snacks
Later we will drive to the wine region Kaštela at the southern slopes of the mountain Kozjak for a second tasting of 3 top wines (including the original Zinfandel (Crljenak) in a selected winery, with accompanying cheeses, meats, olive oil, etc.