The Second Wine, Olive & Heritage Festival
2. The second Wine, Olive & Heritage Festival is being held in Jelsa on Hvar Island from June 24th to 27th 2021. It was not held last year due to Covid restrictions, but this year the festival is planned over four days with local participants, aiming to promote Hvar Island on different levels as a whole.
The Festival is aimed at local and foreign tourists, and will be promoting Hvar’s local producers in the context of ‘The Mediterranean Diet’, a concept based on ‘knowledge and expert practice using due care towards the natural food sources obtained from land and sea, which is important for food security, quality of life and a stable ecological environment’. The top priority is the presentation of Hvar Island’s local wines and olive products, in conjunction with the Festival guests.
Local people with their products and ideas for communal progress are the foundation of the Festival, and an important part is played by the guests and visitors who can help the locals to develop through learning new ideas. The Festival is a promotion of ‘The Best of Hvar’ through enjoyment and education. The official #hashtag is: #najbojeodHvara #JelsaWOH
The Festival will start on Thursday 24th June with an organized trip around the historic village of Zastražišće, with visits to the family firms of Mateljan Babić and Grgo Lučić, who produce a variety of local speciality products. In the evening there will be music, wine tasting, Dalmatian specialities prepared by local Hvar Island chefs, and desserts made by Jelsa’s students in the hospitality sector.
Friday and Saturday, 25th and 26th June: themed tours of some of the best-known Hvar wineries and oil production facilities, with tastings at each. Visiting Vina Carić, Vinarija Ventus, Plančić, Matković, Vinarija Tomić, Vina Bojanić, Vina Bell’Iakov, Uljara Božić, OPG Murvica, Ranč Gabelić.
On Friday evening there will be a ‘Gastro-show’ by Hvar Island caterers offering various Hvar specialities and tastings of olive oil and wine.
Guided tours of the wineries, olive oil facilities and local family firms cost 200 kn.
Details of the daily programmes are as follows:
THURSDAY, 24th June 2021.
ZASTRAŽIŠĆE TOUR. 10:00 – 16:00 Guided themed tour of Zastražišće, visiting first the local family firm OPG ANTE MATELJAN BABIĆ, where there will be tastings of olive oil and other local products (jams, dried figs, home-made little doughnut delights (a local festive speciality), rakija, prošek…)
Afterwards there will be a tour of the village, with an explanation of the history and way of life in this eastern part of Hvar, where agriculture has always been the primary activity, and which has its own special unspoilt charm.
Then follows a visit to the OPG Grgo Lučić, a family business which includes a distillery and Hvar’s first herbal health shop. There will be a visit to the family’s lavender field, and a presentation of their wide range of etheric oils and balms.
After this, lunch will be in the family-run farm ‘Kod Kućera’, where guests can enjoy the company of the owners and the various animals which have the run of the farm, while enjoying tasting their special cheese products.
BIKE & WINE TOUR. A cycling trip organized around the central part of the island by the Natural Hvar Agency, taking in the wine-producing areas. To reserve places on this tour, please ring + 385 91 376 8050.
EVENING PROGRAMME: The official opening of the Festival is in the centre of the Jelsa Park on THURSDAY 24th June at 19:00. To celebrate the opening there will be music and a ‘Gastro-show’ by Hvar Island caterers offering various Hvar specialities and tastings of olive oil and wine. The event will be a feast of tastes, aromas and sound!
FRIDAY, 25th June 2021.
09:00 – 12:00: Guided tour of some of the best-known Hvar wineries and olive oil production facilities, with tastings at each.
Vina Carić: “Our family has been making wine since time immemorial. We founded the registered company Vino-Hvar d.o.o. in order to market our own wine, known under the name of VINA CARIĆ. Our vineyards and our winery share equal importance for our wine production.”
Uljara Božić – Svirče d.o.o.: “Our olive oil production goes under the name Božić uje, which represents top-quality extra virgin olive oil from Hvar Island. We make olive oil from different olive varieties, each of which has its particular qualities of aroma, taste and colour. When you taste oil from Božić uje, you will savour the fruity flavours, and the traces of the natural scents of the island, including lavender, green plants, olive leaves.”
Vinarija Ventus: This is a new winery, located in Vrisnik, whose produce is certified organic. It has extensive vineyards on the south side of Hvar Island, around Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedjelja, as well as on the north side around Vrisnik, where the winery is the hub of the wine production and marketing.
14:00 – 17:00: Guided tours of some of the best-known Hvar wineries and olive oil production facilities, with tastings at each.
Vinarija Plančić: The Plančić brothers manage this family-run winery, which is prized for producing wine only from Hvar’s autochthonous grape varieties: Bogdanuša,Parč and Mekuja (white wines), Darnekuša and Plavac mali (rosé and red wines).
Nikola Matković: Situated in the historic heart of Vrboska near the second bridge, the winery has a beautiful view and wonderful atmosphere. On offer are eight different wines: finest Plavac mali barrique, high-quality Plavac mali, Bogdanuša, Pošip, Rosé, Škarpunero dessert wine, and two table wines.
OPG Murvica: “Our family-run farming business called ‘Murvica’ is situated in the central part of Hvar Island near Jelsa. We are continuing the long-standing example of our forebears, who cultivated vines, olive trees and lavender in the traditional way, and while honouring the traditions we are enhancing them to raise them to a higher and more competitive level.”
EVENING PROGRAMME: In Jelsa’s central park at 19:00, a ‘Gastro-show’ by Hvar Island caterers offering various Hvar specialities and tastings of olive oil and wine.
SATURDAY, 26th June 2021.
09:00 – 12:00: Guided tour of some of Hvar’s best-known wineries and olive oil production facilities, with tastings at each, plus a visit to a lavender field and production facility.
Vinarija Tomić: The winery is a new building on family land in the Mina Bay in Jelsa, a place with a long-standing tradition of viticulture and wine production. While cherishing autochthonous grape varieties and traditional knowledge, the winery also experiments expertly with new varieties, constantly refining the production of red, white and rosé wines with the latest technology.
OPG Deanović: “Our mission to establish lavender products of the highest quality started in 2015, when we planted a hectare of land with lavender plants right by the entrance to Jelsa. Lavender has been used for many different medicinal and cosmetic purposes since ancient times. Numerous different types of product can be made using lavender, and we have a whole range of them on offer.”
Vina Bojanić: “We make our wines in the tiny village of Bojanić Bad, where we combine traditional methods of wine-making with the use of modern technology. We produce about 5,000 bottles of wine a year. We sell our wines in Bojanić Bad and the neighbouring village of Jagodna, which is just 5 minutes away. Above the wine-bar is one of our vineyards, which produces the grapes for one of our red wines. It is a special experience to taste the wine while enjoying the beauty of the vineyard, which will remain in your memory as a visual reminder of the taste of the wine!”
14:00 – 17:00: Guided tour of some of Hvar’s best-known wineries and olive oil production facilities, with tastings at each.
PZ Svirče: “Our Cooperative is situated in the heart of Hvar, in the picturesque village of Svirče. In 2002 we enrolled in the system for organic production, setting us on the path to produce Croatia’s first top-quality organic wines.”
Ranč Gabelić: The ‘Gabelić Ranch’ is a small family-run farming business, situated not far from Vrboska. Surrounded by numerous olive trees and lavender plants, it offers guests a wonderful natural environment with an enchanting, relaxed atmosphere.
Bell’Iakov: Unlike the majority of Hvar’s wineries which have a long family tradition, the Bell’Iakov winery has only been going for a couple of years. Most of its vineyards are situated on Hvar’s southern slopes around the village of Ivan Dolac, with a few on the UNESCO-inscribed Stari Grad Plain. The winery offers five single-grape wines: bogdanuša, prč, maraština, plavac mali.
SUNDAY, 27th June 2021
20:00: Presentation of a book of poems by Nela Vrkljan (in Croatian)
Book your place for the tours (apart from the Bike and Wine tour) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The tours cost 200 kn per person, and the price includes transport, tourist guides and tastings.
For the Bike and Wine tour details and reservations, ring + 385 91 376 8050.
We are looking forward to your visit to discover Hvar Island’s special local treasures! #eatlocal