The 2018 Dubrovnik FestiWine, the wine festival of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, will be held from April 16 to 22 at the recently renovated Sunset Beach in Lapad Bay in Dubrovnik. The event will bring together more than 100 regional winemakers for six days of wine tasting and presentations to wine professionals and other visitors. The high-quality authentic varieties produced in the wine growing regions from Konavle to the river Neretva and from the Pelješac peninsula to the island of Lastovo draw countless wine aficionados to the Dubrovnik area each year. The annual FestiWine event, now in its fifth year, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to taste all of them in one place.
Wine has traditionally been one of Dubrovnik’s most important products, going back to medieval times, when more than 50 laws regulated wine production and grape harvest time was a public holiday. The region has always been covered with vineyards and Pelješac in particular is home to some of the country’s finest wines.
Dubrovnik FestiWine was launched in 2014 to promote the local wine culture and indigenous varieties. In the past five years, the festival has also gathered many wine producers and distributors from other Croatian regions, as well as from Italy, Greece, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and a number of other countries.
The festival program consists of several events. The Dubrovnik Wine Week invites visitors to enjoy some of the region’s finest wines over authentic local dishes at a number of Dubrovnik’s restaurants and bars, which will offer a special FestiWine menu for the duration of the festival.
The main event, the wine exhibition, will be opened on April 20 at the Sunset Beach in Lapad Bay. The exhibition will be preceded by several events: the Dubrovnik FestiWine Trophy, the selection of the best wine of the festival by an international jury, Blind Date, a competition in pairing about 20 wines with Ston oysters, and the FestiWine Gala, a gourmet tasting event that will raise funds to provide scholarships for talented local chefs, sommeliers and waiters. Winemakers and restaurateurs will get a chance to network at B2B meetings, while visitors will have the opportunity to join wine experts and sommeliers and take part in numerous workshops held during the festival.
Dubrovnik FestiWine is organized by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the County Development Agency DUNEA, with the support of the Dubrovnik PartneR Agency.
Where to stay in Dubrovnik
Visitors looking to experience a real gastronomic journey in the Dubrovnik area can book their stay at Hotel Mlini. Located in the village of Mlini near Dubrovnik, the hotel has a special gastronomy package for two that includes a welcome fruit basket and wine, in-room breakfast on the first morning and three delicious dinners at the local restaurants and taverns. The package is available to anyone who books a minimum 3-night stay at the hotel. Guests also get complimentary use of the Astarea Spa zone at the nearby Hotel Astarea, where they can relax and recharge at the sauna, gym, beauty centre, and indoor and outdoor pools.
Images: DubrovnikFestiWine.com, Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons/Quahadi Añtó (Lapad Bay)