Wine at the beach: Istria

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Istria, Croatia, is one of those incredible destinations that has something for everyone. It offers the perfect blend of sun-kissed beaches and world-class wines. An incredible, gastronomic focused culture, small towns, scenic landscapes and amazing hospitality are some other reasons we love this area. This triangular peninsula is part of Croatia nestled between Slovenia and Italy. It’s location makes it even more special in terms of history.

This week, we focus on why this area is one of our favorites for wine and beach lovers!

Beaches in Istria

When it comes to stunning coastlines and crystal-clear waters, Istria is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Nestled in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, this beautiful peninsula in Croatia boasts some of the most picturesque beaches in Europe. Whether you’re looking for a secluded cove to unwind or a lively beach to soak up the sun, Istria has something for everyone. These are some of the best beaches in Istria that are sure to leave you in awe.


Known for its charming old town and vibrant atmosphere, Rovinj is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Istria. Head to Lone Bay for a relaxing day by the sea or explore the hidden gem of Punta Corrente. Along with crystal-clear waters and stunning views, Rovinj is a must-visit destination for beach lovers.


Porec is another coastal town in Istria that offers an array of stunning beaches. Don’t miss the Blue Flag-awarded beach at Plava Laguna or the rocky shores of Brulo Beach. Whether you prefer sandy stretches or pebbly coves, Porec has a beach for every taste.


Umag is a popular destination for those seeking sun, sea, and sand. Visit the beautiful Kanegra Beach for a day of relaxation or head to Katoro Beach for water sports and activities. With its pristine waters and well-maintained shores, Umag is undoubtedly a beach-goer’s paradise.


Rabac is a hidden gem on the Istrian coastline, known for its stunning beaches and picturesque landscapes. Spend a day at Girandella Beach for a mix of sunbathing and water sports or explore the secluded cove of Maslinica Beach. With its clear blue waters and lush surroundings, Rabac is a beach destination not to be missed.

Wine in Istria

Istria boasts a long and storied tradition of winemaking that dates back to ancient times. Its favorable climate, with plenty of sunshine and cool breezes from the Adriatic Sea, creates the perfect conditions for growing a variety of grapes. From indigenous varieties like Malvasia and Teran to international favorites like Merlot and Chardonnay, Istria offers a diverse selection of wines that cater to every palate.

Wine Routes and Vineyard Tours

One of the best ways to experience Istria’s wine culture is by embarking on a wine route tour. Meandering through picturesque vineyards and charming villages, these tours offer a unique opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines and learn about the winemaking process from local experts. Whether you prefer red, white, or rosé, Istria has something for everyone.

Private tours of Istrian Food and Wine

One of our favorite tours in the area is our inland tour of Istrian food and wine – truffles and more!

This morning meet your guide and driver for a private tour of Istria’s gorgeous and interesting inland. Known best as the truffle region, Istria is a fine mélange of picture-perfect landscape and exquisite gastronomy.

After approximately a one our driver through the countryside, you will reach the charming village of Buzet. Here you will meet your hosts a local family Prodan, who are the third generation of truffle hunters. Learn about the history and enticement of truffles in a private truffle hunt, followed by lunch in their home. Let their trained truffle dogs take you into the family’s private woods and enjoy intact nature around you. After the truffle hunt, you will use your catch to make your today’s lunch!

Afterwards, your driver will accompany you to the charming hilltop town of Groznjan where you’ll enjoy its artistic atmosphere, as it abounds in quirky galleries and art studios. Spend the rest of the day exploring the idyllic Istrian inland of rolling hills, dotted with small towns and hilltop villages.

In the Momjan area discover a small but productive wine region, which even provided the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy with wine. Enjoy private wine tasting at the Kabola family winery and taste their excellent Teran, Muscat and Malmsey wines. Afterward this full day, your driver will transfer you back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Unique Wine Tasting Experiences in Istria

In Istria, wine tasting is not just a simple activity – it’s a true experience. Many wineries in the region offer guided tastings that showcase the flavors and aromas of their signature wines. You can also indulge in food and wine pairings, where local delicacies like truffles, olive oil, and fresh seafood are expertly matched with the perfect wine. It’s a sensory journey that will delight your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Some of the top wineries to visit in Istria include:

  • Kabola Winery: Known for its organic wines and stunning vineyard views, Kabola Winery is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts.
  • Meneghetti Winery: Indulge in a wine tasting experience at Meneghetti Winery, where you can sample a variety of award-winning wines. This is also one of our favorite hotels in the area.
  • Roxanich Winery: Explore the unique wine cellar carved into the rocky hillside at Roxanich Winery and taste their innovative biodynamic wines.

Istria, perfect for beaches and wine

If Istria seems like your dream holiday, contact us today to stop dreaming and start planning!

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