Saints Hills is possibly the best winery experience in Croatia.
Founded by entrepreneur Ernest Tolj, the winery produces four wines from a number of different regions around Croatia.
With three vineyards, all named after Tolj’s children, who in turn were named after three saints, all wine-making is guided by an oenological team led by French specialist, Michel Rolland.
There’s a Dingac from the Saint Lucia vineyard and a Plavac (Saint Roko) made with grapes from vineyards at Komarna, just opposite Peljesac on the Dalmatian mainland.
Saint Heels (from the Saint Roko vineyard) is a rosé created from Plavac Mali.
For white drinkers there’s Nevina, a blend of Malvazija and Chardonnay that comes from the Saint Ante vineyards at Radovani in Istria.
On entering the wine cellar and tasting centre you’ll find yourself taking part in a truly unique experience. Perched on the edge of the hill-top village of Zagruda, the restaurant and tasting rooms on the top floor offer wonderful views of the countryside.
Visitors can choose between a standard tour of the cellars followed by a glass of wine; a tour followed by a tasting session accompanied by tapas-style meal or if you’re looking for haute cuisine, indulge in a 5-course dinner in the restaurant, each course accompanied by a paired wine.
Of course, you can also purchase Saints Hills’ olive oil.