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Istrian Wine Tasting in Pula (Croatia)

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We have just come back from a wonderful holiday in Pula in Croatia. I had no preconceived notions of what to expect aside from some stunning views.  Our all inclusive holiday (whoop!) led us to the heart of Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia, situated in the northern Adriatic. I can confirm the scenery is amazing, the weather was perfect, the coast is clean, the seawater is really clear (we enjoyed some Scuba Diving) AND the food and wine is top notch!!

Not one to shy away from the activities on offer at the hotel, I was front of the class for the wine tasting.

The geographical setting of Istria is certainly a big factor in their wine. During Roman domination Pula, which is very close to Italy, got the rank of a Roman colony, and the Romans bought with them Ampitheatres, Catholisism and grapes.

We tried three wines Vina Laguna Rose, Medea Malvazija Istarska and Medea Merlot.


Vina Laguna Rose 2013 12.0%

Some in the group would usually shy away from a Rose, but this was a refreshing summer wine that everyone enjoyed.

  • Description: Fruity, crisp and light.
  • Serve at 10 degrees.

Medea Malvazija Istarska 2014 13.5%

We were told not to drink Istrian wine from 2014 as the rain last year had drained away the sugars in the grapes. However, this young, straw yellow wine was very paletable!

  • Description: Flowery smell, apples, honey, fresh and expressed.
  • Serve at 10 degrees.

Medea Merlot 2013 13.5%

The Romans did much to spread the viticulture throughout the world. The final wine that we tasted was the favourite; the dense, ruby red Merlot (French grape) with good Croatian ‘Wine Tears’ (rather than legs as we usually describe it). It complimented the cheese from Istria (which was similar to a Chedder).

  • Description: Tannings, rich, forrest fruits, cloves, vanilla, dry and balanced.
  • Serve at 18-20 degrees, open 30 mins before serving.

If you have a chance to visit Pula, I would recommend it. We stayed at Park Plaza Histria Pula. Our lovely Guest and Entertainment Officer Antonia lead the wine tasting as well as cycling, Pilates, fitness, arts and crafts and cooking presentations to name but a few. We Scuba Dived with Orca:


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we love wine, we love food and we love sharing

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