Grgić vina at Trstenik was opened in 1996 by legendary winemaker Miljenko ‘Mike’ Grgich, who made established his global reputation in California. The man behind Chateau Montelena, the Chardonnay that famously beat its renowned French competitors at the Judgement of Paris in 1976, Grgich returned to his homeland to bring modern winemaking techniques to the steep slopes of Pelješac. The result is his famed Plavac Mali, deep red with flavours harmonised over two years, including 15 months ageing in special oak barrels imported from France. Sold for a pretty penny at top Dubrovnik restaurants, this top-quality tipple is best and more affordably sampled at the Grgich winery on any given weekday.
Lined with long shingle beaches, the Pelješac peninsula that stretches out north of Dubrovnik towards Korčula is that wonderful rarity, a Dalmatian getaway without the crowds. Welcoming to windsurfers and wine lovers alike, Pelješac is also known for its oysters and mussels, arguably the best in Croatia. Once the northern outpost of the Ragusa Republic, today’s Dubrovnik, Pelješac still contains the unique historic attraction of the Walls of Ston, Europe’s longest fortification.
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