50 Istrian wineries and four distilleries will open the doors of their cellars, unique tasting rooms and family estates on Sunday, May 28th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Is there a better invitation to visit Istria?
After Vinistra and the world's most famous wine judging event, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, it's time for another beautiful Istrian wine story - the 23rd Wine Day - Open Wine Cellars day. As in previous years, the last Sunday in May will be reserved for top wines this year, as 50 Istrian wineries and four distilleries will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year, all six wine regions of Istria will participate again: Northern Istria with the largest number of wineries – 19 of them; then Poreč region with 14 wineries, and there are also Eastern Istria, South Istria and Rovinj region.
"Peering into wineries, talking with winemakers, relaxing in an idyllic atmosphere and enjoying Istrian wines is a special experience. This is an opportunity to taste excellent malvasias and terans, merlots, cabernet sauvignons, muscats, increasingly popular cuvees, among them the award-winning wines from this year's Vinistra evaluation", points out Luka Rossi, president of Vinistra, the association of winemakers and winegrowers of Istria, which together with the Tourist Board of Istria county and Istrian County organises this attractive event.
World Wine Day is traditionally celebrated in many wine regions of the world on the last Sunday in May. The custom dates back to the mid-1990s, when this, at that time, new form of tourism promotion of wine started in the Italian region of Tuscany, which has turned into a global movement to this day. Istria joined in 1999, and for more than 20 years the Wine Days have become one of the most anticipated wine culture festivals.
In order to avoid large crowds at Istrian wineries on Sunday, it is necessary to make a reservation directly with the winemaker, and look for a list of wineries here.