On my trip to Croatia in September I had the pleasure of visiting Pelješac – the second largest peninsula in Croatia and part of the coastal region, which is famous for its wine production. An extraordinary experience, not only for wine and food enthusiasts, but for anyone who wants to know more about Croatian culture. Cheers.
An ancient wine district
For thousands of years people have been growing wine in Croatia; in fact it began with the Ancient Greek settlers more than 2.500 years ago. This is only one of the reasons why you should go deeper into the wine industry if you’re ever in Croatia. The country is not only filled with history and intriguing culture, there’s also a strong tradition for ”living the good life’ and harvesting the perfect grape.
The country is divided into two wine regions; the Continental and the Coastal (including the islands), and they’re both worth a visit. However, Pelješac is part of the Coastal region, which stretches from Istria in the North to Dalmatia in the South. The wines here are obviously influenced by the warm Mediterranean climate, where winters are short and mild.
Pelješac is 65 km long offering a beautiful scenery of vineyards and green hills, so even if you’re not into wine and wine production, you should come here just to explore the area. Pine, Cypres and lemon trees gather along the coast line as you drive further into the area, which just hasn’t changed a bit through thousands of years.
The peninsula is easy to reach by car, but not by public transportation. I’d recommend renting a car if you want to explore the area on your own. It’s also possible to embark on a guided tour that will take you through Ston as well. And if you do go to Ston, remember to taste the the oysters and seashells (they’re world famous!)
Pelješac is located approximately 1 hour from Dubrovnik and 2 hours and 45 minutes from Split.
thecopenhagentraveler.com was invited to Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Board. For more information about Croatia go to www.croatia.hr.
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