Kaštel Sućurac Museum
Wineyard on Kozjak Mountain
Our Pet Merlo
Matela family has been producing wines since the second half of the 19th century when their ancestor started Konoba (traditional Dalmatian name for what would today be a restaurant) where he produced wine and local delicacies. These people are hard working soil worshippers and this can be felt with each sip in their fantastic cellar
Bedalov family started producing wines in 1806. when parts of Church's high quality lands on the slopes of Kozjak mountain were distributed among the locals. High point in their history was the early 20th century when their wines were regularly served in Vienna to the Austrian emperor
According to the old Church documents family Kuzmanic started producing wines 300 years ago, especially ancient Dalmatian sorts Glavinusa, Babica and Tribljan. Their cellar located on the slopes of mountain Kozjak is a 120 years old stone house offering fantastic view of the nearby islands. It was also used during a construction of the local railway as a gun powder magazine
THE ZINFANDEL ORIGIN STORY
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. Often recommended for Thanksgiving and touted as „America's heritage wine“, Zinfandel reigns as California's signature red. At least it did until recently when Mike Grgich, a native of Croatia and co-founder of Grgich Hills estate in Napa Valley, encouraged a campaign to reveal this mistery as he noticed way back upon his arrival to California in 1958 that Zinfandel tasted just like the vino his father used to ferment in Dalmatia. From 1997-2002 a team of American and Croatian scientists toured Dalmatian wineyards collecting samples for DNA profiling when, almost out of funds and wineyards to stroll at, they found a perfect match in a small wineyard in Kastela region near Split where just a few plants survived. More plants were later discovered near Omis where locals referred to the variety as Tribidrag or Pribidrag, so by the rule of anteriority this ancient Croatian name from the 14 century prevailed in expert literature. Locals call this grape Crljenak Kastelanski (The Black Grape from Kastela), in Italy this sort is known as Primitivo (written by Cliff Rames).
/Join us on a half day tour through ancient cellars and wineyards where these intense events took place, visit medieval castles, learn more about Dalmatian history and taste Zinfandel as well as other indigenous Dalmatian wine varieties.