The birthplace of Zinfandel

The Zinfandel grape was not always a super sexy wine from the sunny hills of California. Before this American sweetheart became everybody’s favourite, it lived a harsh life on the Dalmatian hillsides. And it’s name was Crljenak Kaštelanski. A team of enthusiasts led by Croatian born Californian winemaker Mike Grgich challenged the Zinfandel viticultural community…

Split – the difference

What made the emperor Diocletian choose this very spot for his retirement home more than 2.300 years ago, is not recorded. What he thought about when he watched the sun sink into the west, into the Dalmatian ocean, is not remembered. What remains, though, is this amazing open-air museum slash lively scene slash tourist mecca.…

The sea that burped

Zadar is a lovely old town, isolated from the office building bricks in the outskirts of the city by the sea, as the old, finger-shaped old town on the peninsula would turn its back to the ugly architecture, that preceded the town’s hay day back in the renaissance. But not everything is old, in the old…