Get Ready to Travel to Croatia & Taste Wines of S.E.Europe at IWINETC!

Dusan Jelic got engaged in wine-networking, studied for Diploma in Wine at the Cape Wine Academy, and in August 2012 founded Wines of Balkans. This emerging website is a content hub of sublime Balk  an wines and as Dusan says “the awesome people behind these wines.”  Dusan is the wine-loving Social Media Manager at www.winesofbalkans.com who passionately & persistently explores wines produced in & around the Balkan Peninsula of the South-Eastern Europe. We asked him about the state of business in the Balkan wine industry.

The Balkans have a new political designation, a newly adopted geographical region, but the vines in this region aren’t so new. Is that why we’re seeing over 1000 wineries making recent arrivals in the Balkans?

Yes, that is a valid point. Number of commercially viable wineries in the region encompassing 12 South-eastern European countries crossed 2,000 recently! Add to this hundreds of small private wine-making entities and it becomes truly dramatic development! Wine culture is a part of the region since the Ancient Greeks, however wines were never branded as Balkan wines or something else. It is necessary now to do so in conjunction with the fantastic development of tourism and more recently wine tourism in the region!

Why do you believe a wine revolution is happening in the Balkans?

It is a happy marriage of technology, mobility and tradition. Many young oenologists travel throughout the world and learn their trade. They eagerly transfer new technology and know-how on the existing classic corpus of viticultural and wine-making knowledge. Results are exciting and the Balkans produces now hundreds of world-class wines.

With this surge of wineries, do you feel that they are prepared for visits and know what Wine Tourism is all about? 

No, not yet. A huge majority of the wine producers only nowadays invests money into wine tourism. It is not even developed in the top Balkan tourist areas like Croatian and Turkish coastlines, however it changes rapidly. Education in wine tourism, interesting wine routes offering and a proper marketing are urgently required.

Will we find traditional French grapes around the Balkans or will local and regional grapes become the hallmark of each region?

Both can achieve world class levels: international as well as local indigenous varieties, depending on a micro-location, climate etc. I support, however, wholeheartedly production of wines made from local varieties, not available elsewhere as it is a major drawing card for tourists and visitors alike.

How would you compare Croatian wines to the rest of the Balkan wine from which we can choose?

Croatia has some of the best wines I have ever tasted. I believe Plavac Mali is the top Balkan red variety. Croatia could be rightfully selected as one of the few most sophisticated wine countries in the region.

Dusan Jelic will be presenting on Friday March 15th from 16:00 to 16:40 in the Paris Suite.  His not to be missed talk is titled Branding Balkan Wines in the Context of the South Eastern European Wine Tourism.

See theIWINETC Programme of talks.

A Croatian Wine Story will be made at IWINETC 2013

Tanisha Townsend is a Wine & Spirits Educator and Consultant who delivers educational and informative presentations from the classroom to the living room. As creator of the blog Girl Meets Glass, she aims to promote the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. Her multi-sensory presentations are featured at expos, seminars, and tastings. Tanisha not only educates novices to the wine & spirits world, but has developed and delivered training programs for retailers, restaurant wait-staff, and bartenders.

What part of the Croatian wine history story are you most excited to talk about?

I’m most excited to talk about the comeback of Croatian wine. Despite the tragedies, setbacks and conflicts, Croatia has overcome it all and is ready for the world to literally get a taste of what they’re made of! 

’50 Shades of Croatia’ as your talk title includes a little innuendo and intrigue. Is there something sexy about Croatian wine that we don’t know about?

Well, I hate to disappoint about the sexy part…but I chose that title more for the fact that this book and author has seemingly come out of nowhere and has taken the world by storm. This book has been on the NY Times bestseller list for weeks and everyone was talking about it! We want everyone to talk about Croatian wine in the same way.

What are some suggestions for a winery or tour operator to make their story as exciting as 50 Shades?

Tell the story of the vines. Don’t just say what grapes/wines you grow, explain it, describe it. Why did you start making wine? How did your family come to make wine with these vines on this plot of land? People want to know the story of the culture and how that ties into the wines. 

Play along with me here. Choose a favorite region and answer:  If the wine region of ________ was a book, what would it’s title be?  Why?

This is a tough one, maybe I should read more LOL! Well, my favorite wine region is Burgundy and while I can’t think of a specific book title, it would be the most romantic love story every told 🙂 

For me, the best part of a story is the ending. How do you suppose the Croatian wine industry will end 2013?

Hopefully you don’t skip all the good stuff in the middle as you rush to the end! 2013 will be a huge year for the Croatian wine industry. As a result of this conference, Croatian wine will be on the minds, blogs, and in the suitcases of several new people that can’t wait to spread the word. People may not  be able to pronounce Plavac Mali yet, but by the end of this.

Tanisha Townsend will be delivering a talk titled 50 Shades of Croatia in the IWINETC Programme of talks.

Destination Croatia! IWINETC descends on Zagreb for the best business, education, tasting, & networking opportunities.

From March 15th to 17th, the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) brings together a unique blend of wine and tourism industry professionals,

Denis Ivošević of the Istria Travel Board kicks off the festivities with a look at wine tourism in the heart-shaped land of Croatian wine.  The peninsula of Istria has been building it’s wine routes over the last 15 years. IWINETC invites you to learn from their trials and successes.

To wet your appetite below are a sampling of the top quality guest speakers who promise to make IWINETC 2013 a memorable experience.

  • IWINETC welcomes two Balkan wine experts to the conference. Dusan Jelic will walk us through the progression of the wine industry of these countries to the future state that will drive wine tourism. Secondarily, Caroline Gilby, MW and Central and Eastern European wine expert will raise a glass and walk attendees through a grand tasting of  notable Croatian autochthonous varieties.
  • Guest speaker, professor, and Huffington Post wine columnist,  Fabrizio Bucella will be discussing the unique link between architecture and wine.
  • Giovanna Sacchi of  Ca’ Foscari Venice University will unveil a new study on the wine tourist. In her talk, she’ll speak to key findings from online research which aims to uncover needs and demands of the wine tourist.
  • A look at wine industry updates and wine tourism opportunities in India, Chile, Nova Scotia, Thailand, Baja, and Georgia. Including a tasting of Georgian wines!
  • Lessons from the wine routes in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region taught by Chiara Tuppy of Movimento Turisimo in Italy

And, several more celebrated wine travelers, bloggers, and experts in their fields will speak to topics like creating a WOW factor, 50 Shades of Croatia, Training and Hiring the right staff, and understanding the wine tourist experience.

See the Conference Programme, events and speakers. 

And don’t forget to arrive early and stay late to take full advantage of the wine tasting tours around wine, food, and  culture of Croatia provided by Ban Tours.

Building a reputation as a great tourist destination, takes grapes! Director of Istria Tourism Board to talk at IWINETC!

Denis Ivošević is the Director of the Istria Tourism Board. He’ll be speaking a the International Wine Tourism Conference about Istria’s growth in tourism and what it took to build a great tourism reputation.. We wanted to know his favorite type of Istrian wine and the soils from which the grapes come.  Denis has great sugestions about where to visit in Istria and what noble grapes not to miss.

Over the last five years, you’ve built a reputation for Istria as a top tourism region. What are you most proud of accomplishing?

Istria had long been seen as a region of the sun and the sea, which provided it with a strong seasonal character of 3 to 4 months. Joint cooperation of private and public sectors has resulted in drafting the strategic Master Plan of Istrian Touristic Development which has launched a new era of Istrian touristic development. We have created a new development model for Istrian tourism including a completely new positioning and identity. This new model of development is accompanied by additional documents including the competitiveness programme, investment needs and possibilities, new communication strategy and marketing plan as well as time-scheduled implementation plan.

What do you believe has had the greatest contribution to the success in growing the “gourmet” perception of the region? 

Primarily an extensive education process and acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the field of enogastronomy. Although we were aware of our excellent gourmet sea and agricultural products, the key was to study the values for increasing the rating of each individual product. We have benchmarked our products with the best ones in the world and soon became aware of possessing priceless wealth which required quality presentation and a built-in marketing story; emotions and experiences…

According to your website, the Istria Peninsula is called a “miniature heart-shaped world.” What do you love best about the emerging wine region in Istra? 

We have awaken our indigenous and prevailing wine sort of Malvazija and turned it into an authentic Istrian story which has become a recognizable symbol of Istria resulting in the launch of numerous selective types of tourism including the wine tourism.

There are four  types of unique soils present in Istria. In what way are they helping to develop a new generation of wine? 

Istra has four different types of soil, of which the red and the brown one are the most prevailing, giving wines its own mark. Today one says that red soil gives more robust and mineral wines with an expressed citrus note, while brown soil produces more elegant, gentler wines with an expressed floral note. These facts are often talked about, however they should be supported and/or rejected empirically by a research.

The Istria Peninsula is a scenic 3 hour drive from Zagreb, what do you recommend conference goers take advantage of first? 

To visit the area around Momjan; to see one modern and one traditional winery; to taste truffles, to experience the adventure of looking for truffles at night.

To visit the town of Novigrad: to try raw fish delicacies and the magic of extra virgin olive oils in two different restaurants

Denis’s talk kicks off the talk portion of the IWINETC  at 11AM on Friday March 15th. Find him in the Emerald Ballroom. View the Conference programme of talks here>>

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Come for the Wine, Stay for the People! That’s IWINETC Croatia!

Marcy Gordon of the wine and travel blog, Come for the Wine, spent years exploring the world as a travel writer and marketing professional. In addition to her published travel works, the self-proclaimed reader, writer, eater and traveler, likes to share her experiences with wine and cultures around the world.

A returning speaker at the 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference in Croatia and a member of the Blogger/Media Fam Trip, we asked her about her talk topic, recommendations, and why she believes the IWINETC is not to be missed.

Your workshop topic is about connecting wineries and their corresponding regions with professional food, wine, and travel writers to help promote tourism in that region.  It’s great idea and a big idea; there are a lot of wineries and a lot of professionals.

What is one thing a winery could do today to make themselves more visible to wine professionals, and vice versa?

I’m a firm believer in the merits of using social media tools to reach out and connect with people, but I still think the number one way to make an impression is in person. Networking at wine events, festivals and conferences is the best way to be visible for both wineries and wine professionals. Another important way is through writing, be it a column in an industry publication or a blog on a winery site, a well written and informative point of view is an excellent way to increase visibility to a large audience.

What are some things you’d recommend including in a wine tourism guidebook?

Good maps! Clear overview maps of a region and detailed wine trail maps are essential. Also, an index is very important and many guides skip it because it is time consuming to produce, but it’s very useful to the reader.

Do you think there is a greater preference for digital format over hard copy?

For travel guides in particular the portability factor of digital is key. But for now, print media is still the preference of the majority of readers. Many publishers provide content in all formats and smart phone apps are becoming the preferred option for travel. I ‘d like to see publishers offer titles bundled with all the formats for one price. That way readers can access the material any way they choose.

On your blog, Come For The Wine, you mentioned this will be your second visit to Croatia.  Would you recommend people come to Croatia for the wine? Why?

Sometimes I think I should re-name my blog to “Come to Croatia, Stay for the Wine” as I’ve written more about Croatia on my blog than any other destination. Croatia has it all. Excellent wine, cuisine, natural beauty and passionate people working to preserve the traditions of the past in concert with the challenges of the future. I live in California, in the middle of Napa and Sonoma wine country so one could say I might be jaded when it comes to food and wine, but if I could only have wine, cheese (Paski Sir) , olive oil, (and Ajvar!) from Croatia I’d be very happy.

We’re happy to have you back at the IWINETC! What’s the one reason you’d tell someone else not to miss the conference?

I’d say–Come for the wine, stay for the people!–IWINETC is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the wine culture of a particular region and meet like minded individuals interested in wine tourism. The guided tastings and opportunities to sample so many wines is one draw, but it’s the great contacts I’ve developed and the lasting friendships with attendees I’ve met at conferences in Portugal and Italy, that make it worthwhile.

Marcy Gordan’s talk, Impacting Regional Tourism with Customized Wine, Food & Travel Guides will be held on Friday March 15th as part of Session 1.2 in the Istanbul Suite from 12:30 to 13:20.

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Association of Wine Producers of the Croatian Chamber of Economy announced as Premium Sponsor for IWINETC 13

Wine Pleasures is proud to announce that the Association of Wine Producers of the Croatian Chamber of Economy is the Premium sponsor the 5th edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop (IWINETC) to be held in Zagreb 15 – 16 March 2013.

IWINETC 2013 will see wine and tourism professionals from around the world descend on the Croatian capital of Zagreb for a packed 2 day educational programme of more than 30 talks where they can discuss, reflect and develop ideas with respect to this fast developing business opportunity.

The After Conference programme and the exhibitor area will provide delegates with the chance to try wines from India, Italy, Thailand and many of the countries that make up the Balkans. Top of the bill will be the Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting led by Master of Wine, Caroline Gilby

A Wine Tourism Workshop is also on the schedule where international tour operators and travel agents specialised in wine and culinary tourism can meet wine tourism experience providers in a one to one meeting setting.

All participants will have the opportunity to participate in evening social events and post FAM Trip tours to nearby wine regions.

Anthony Swift, Managing Director of Wine Pleasures, said: “I am very pleased to be able to announce the Association of Wine Producers of the Croatian Chamber of Economy as the premium sponsor of IWINETC 2013. The huge success of hosting IWINETC and its rapid development in recent years is undoubtedly built on long-term partnership such as ours. We look forward to working with the Association of Wine Producers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Zagreb Tourist Board and Convention Bureau to promote  Croatian wine and culinary tourism in key strategic markets through the delivery of the wine tourism conference and workshop.”

About the Association of Wine Producers of the Croatian Chamber of Economy

The Croatian Chamber of Economy is an independent professional and business organisation of all legal entities engaging in business. It was established in 1852, organised in European tradition and on the so-called continental model of Austrian and German chambers with compulsory membership. Every company registered with the Commercial Court is a member of the Chamber. Read more>>

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Tour Operator FAM Trip to head for Veneto, Italy after IWINETC Croatia

In parallel with the 2 day International Wine Tourism Conference to be held in March 2013, Zagreb, Croatia is the Wine Tourism Workshop for international tour operators and travel agents specialised in wine and culinary tourism to meet wine tourism experience providers in a one to one meeting setting. Upon completion of the Conference and Workshop, agents will be making the journey to neighbouring wine region, Veneto for a 4 day Fam Trip sponsored by the Movimento del Turismo del Vino Veneto.

Veneto based journalist and wine blogger, Elisabetta Tosi gives a taste of Veneto:

IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for VenetoThe Veneto region is… a drop of Italy. It’s the eighth largest region in Italy but the first for tourism (more than 15,5 millions of tourists every year, most of them from abroad).

Are you looking for awesome mountains? We’ve got them! The Dolomites, a World Heritage, are a piece of Veneto. Culture’s lovers? Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and many other sites are waiting for showing their churches, galleries, monuments, palaces… not to mention the many historical Veneto villas situated crossing over the great plain, right up to the Alps.

IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for VenetoMaybe you love the romance… well, do you know a more romantic city than Venice? And what about Verona, the city of the immortal lovers Romeo & Juliet? But, above all, if you are looking for two of the most successful italian wines in the world, we’ve got them: the red, full bodied, velvety Amarone della Valpolicella and the sparkling, friendly, easy to drink Prosecco are born in this region.

You can visit Veneto mainly by car (or on IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for Venetofoot, and by bike), but in some parts also by horse, and in the eastern (I mean Rovigo, Padua, Venice, Treviso)  even by boat: in fact there are many waterways which slowly weave between the Dolomites and the Adriatic sea, and Veneto. River itineraries represent one of the best opportunities to fully appreciate the surrounding territory amongst the plains and lagoons of the Polesine. With so many attractions, it is very difficult to find a single reason to visit Veneto as there are so many! However, Veneto is an ultimate destination especially for a wine lover.

IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for VenetoLet me begin with some data: the most exported product in the agri-food sector is wine, and Verona is the most important city for this, followed by Treviso.   Although the last harvest (2012) was very poor in whole of Italy, Veneto is again one the most productive wine regions in the country, with 27 DOC (appellations of controlled origin) and 14 DOCG (appellation of controlled and guaranteed origin) and, in relation to its surface, the first production cluster of wine IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for Venetoworldwide, with about 74.398 hectares of vines. The vineyards are mainly in the plain (54,5%) and on the hills (43,6%), but a small part is also on the mountains (1,9%); the companies are 37.335, and among them there are 38 cooperatives.  Verona is a very particular case history: its wineries are producing all kinds of wine, red, white, rose, still and sparkling, dry and sweet, and all of them are both from local and international grapes! Moreover, exactly in this province the little village of Bolca is situated, and here you can  admire the most important fossil deposit known, called “Pesciaia”, the formation of which can be traced back to about 50 million years ago. Here, fossils of leaves were found, progenitor of “Vitis vivifera”, dated 40 million years ago. It seems that the actual cultivation of the vine in the hills of Verona with certainty goes back to the fifth century  B.C. , because the wine was the nectar of grapes preferred by the Romans, and particularly by Emperor Augustus.

IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for VenetoIf you are wondering what is  currently the most cultivated grape in Veneto, the answer is easy: glera, the grape of Prosecco. The 25,7% of the Veneto vineyard is made by glera, while the second most important grape is garganega, for the Soave wine (13,4%) and the third is a red international grape: Merlot. Pinot gris, very common particularly in the eastern, and corvina (very important in Valpolicella). Thus, as you can imagine, this region is a real heaven for any wine lover: not only for Prosecco and Amarone, but also for Soave and  Valpolicella Ripasso, Bardolino, Lugana, Recioto, sparkling Durello, for the sweet Fior d’Arancio or the strong Carmenere, for Pinot gris, Cabernet Sauv, Sauv Blanc, the Raboso, or the less known Enantio and Casetta.

IWINETC 2013 Agent Fam Trip heads for VenetoWine-tourism, is still in it’s early stages of development: most wineries in Veneto are family owned, and not all are geared up for wine tourists … but they are getting there, because Italians are friendly and pleasant, so…welcome to Veneto!

Elisabetta Tosi, Journalist & Wine Blogger

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Caroline Gilby MW to lead Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013

One of the many exciting features of the 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) in Zagreb, Croatia will be the  Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting. Master of Wine, Caroline Gilby will lead conference delegates through wines from most of the 12 Balkan countries, making it a unique opportunity to learn about wines and wine tourism in some of the oldest wine growing regions in the world.

Caroline Gilby MW has been visiting the Balkan countries for over 20 years since becoming the first major buyer to ship wines from there for Augustus Barnet off-licences. She has a doctorate in plant biology but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while a student.

Caroline passed her MW in 1992 then spent seven years as a senior wine buyer before switching to a career as freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe.  She contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide, and has written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, The Oxford Companion to Wine, The Wine Opus and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report, as well as for various websites and magazines.

Caroline is looking forward to leading the Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting on Friday 15th March 2013 at the International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop to be held in the Regent Esplanade, Zagreb, Croatia.

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Read More: Balkan Wines & Wine Tourism – Undiscovered Treasures at the Crossroads of Civilizations

 

Balkan Wines & Wine Tourism – Undiscovered Treasures at the Crossroads of Civilizations

So bet you don’t know which countries make up the Balkans? Go on have a guess!

On day 1 of the 5th International Wine Tourism Conference we have a Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting lined up for conference delegates – more news on this coming soon but in the meantime Wines of Balkans connoisseur, Dusan Jelic has prepared a preliminary insight into wines from the Balkans and the current situation with respect to wine tourism.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013The Balkan Peninsula is situated in the South-Eastern Europe between Adriatic and Ionian Sea on the west, Black and Aegean Sea on the east and Mediterranean the south. It is customary to conclude that the residents of the region are situated at the crossroads of the civilizations and also that they represent the bridge among the different cultures. Within the Balkans there are a few sensitive ‘touching’ points, most notably between the East and West and Christianity and Islam.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013Konstantinos Lazarakis MW from Greece stated that: ‘Once you travel around the Balkans, a striking notion hits you – this is a land where political boundaries are pointless. This is a wonderful mix of different people, with different religions and different attitudes towards life that have, surprisingly, more things that bind them together rather than make them stand apart’.

The following countries are commonly considered to be a part of region (with Hungary being an exception): Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and Turkey. This is not necessarily the only politically correct ‘definition’ of the region and inclusion or exclusion of certain countries is purely arbitrary. The above countries are considered to be a part of the Balkans, for instance, by Wines of Balkans online platform which promotes the Balkan wines.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013The First Balkans International Wine Competition 2012, held in June 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria, was a first credible attempt to brand the wines from the region by the Bulgarian wine professional Mrs. Galina Todorova Niforou . In their Manifesto they succinctly described the importance of the region and the wines from the Balkans:

  • The Balkan region can be proud of the most ancient wine history in the world
  • The indigenous local varieties are at least as rich as is the spirit of the people in the region
  • With more than 1.8 million tons of annual wine production, the Balkans ranks 5th in the world in terms of quantity of wine produced, immediately after the largest wine producing countries:Italy, France, Spain and the USA.
  • For the last decade or so, the Balkans have made an enormous progress in terms of the quality of its wines and can rightfully insist on its claim of becoming one of the key players in the global wine industry.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013With much more than 1,000 wineries in 12 countries of the region, we have variety of styles and winemaking philosophies. We identified three significant trends among wine producers.

  • First is to almost exclusively concentrate on indigenous varieties which truly represents the identities of their respective terroirs and as such should be preserved and presented to the curious and expecting global wine scene.
  • Second winemaking trend believes that both local and indigenous varieties should be preserved and nurtured, including some of the very interesting experiments of blending autochthonous varieties with the international ones in order to create new wines, more complex, intriguing and ultimately better than the already existing ones.
  • Third trend is aiming to satisfy the international consumer by almost exclusively concentrating on well-known international varieties.

It is important to mention that world-class results were achieved in many Balkan countries in all three of these ‘categories’.

Wine Tourism in the Balkans

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013Wine Tourism as a category had become a meaningful and organized commercial activity in the region since early 2000s. Many of the countries established Wine Routes and with a little help of the state authorities started promoting their wineries. Development of wine tourism facilities, however, is pretty uneven. Very little is done in countries such as Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia etc.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013The Croatian region of Istria is probably the best example of the extraordinary synergy between wine and tourism, whereby great gastronomic and tourist potentials are crowned with exceptional wine offerings: more than hundred wineries, numerous tasting rooms, restaurants, hotels and other facilities as well as the Vinistra festival, running for 20 years already! There are various types of Istrian wines that reflect the diversity of climate and soil on which they are grown like the Istrian Malvasia. In northern Istria you can enjoy the great tastes of Teran, Muscat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, a wine tour is also an adventure through the landscapes and picturesque hills of Istria that one should not miss out on. While in search of wine cellars, a tourist comes across secluded rural estates and a perfect blend of countryside life and modern trends. Each season adorns the vineyards with a new image; each harvest creates new champions. There are a few world-class spots in Istria, for instance the following wineries: Matošević, Kozlović, Trapan, Coronica, De Grassi and so on.

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013At present there are at least 60 wineries in Serbia which are actively engaged in Wine Tourism and it has been assessed that some 70,000 tourists, wine and travel lovers visit these wineries annually. As a distinct part of the Cultural Tourism, Wine Tourism definitely helps promoting each Balkan country as an interesting tourist destination. It also helps strengthening other gastronomic offerings and creates a strong and attractive tourist brand.

Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting

Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013The Grand Balkan Tasting is designed to be a showcase for the wines from 12 countries of the Balkan region on March 15, 2013 at the IWINETC Conference. We would like to attempt to present the contemporary picture of Balkan wines with many exciting developments and particularly to offer a collection of world-class wines made from the indigenous varieties not available elsewhere. As each Balkan country shall be briefly presented at the tasting, we would like to briefly highlight the most important vinous information and latest developments in winemaking. It will include an opportunity to taste each of the selected top quality wines from various Balkan countries, take notes, talk Wines from Balkans Grand Tasting at IWINETC 2013to the organizers, producers, wine professionals and other specialists, share your experience and get a fresh and new perspective about this exciting region and its revival!

Don’t miss this unique wine tasting! Register now for iwinetc 2013!

Dusan Jelic

Zagreb based Ban Tours Local Partners for IWINETC 2013

A wine tourism conference would not be complete without an After Conference programme of wine tastings and an evening social programme taking us off site to discover the culinary and cultural delights Zagreb and region has to offer.

We are delighted to announce that Ban Tours will be working closely with us as our local partner. Specifically, they will be in charge of getting you the best deal on accommodation, advising you on how to get to Zagreb and hosting you during the both the pre and post conference tours and the daily evening social programme.

We recently asked Ban Tour Director, Pavle Marković to tell us a little bit about Ban Tours philosphy with specific reference to wine and culinary tours:

Ban Tours is a tour operator and travel agency situated in the center of Zagreb, Croatian’s capital, founded in 1994. 

Our team consists of 30 highly educated and multilingual professionals whose competences and skills will exceed your expectations, since we combine excellent knowledge with a profound understanding of our client’s needs and preferences. 

Ban tours is specialized in providing best quality services related to wine & dine culture in Croatia. One-of-a-kind experiences that only insiders and true lovers of food and wine can deliver. All our products are carefully handpicked; our providers are not only the best Croatian wine, cheese, ham or olive oil producers, famous chefs, ambitious and passionate restaurant and hotel owners but also our friends with whom we share the same ethics and philosophy. 

Our most important asset is our passion for innovation. We strive to introduce the amazing diversity of Croatia’s natural landscapes, indigenous history and lavish cuisine, whilst maintaining our standards of excellence with a strong professional focus and cultural sensitivity. Our offer of memorable travel experiences with exclusive amenities, personal involvement and creative routes carefully designed for each preference asserts us as true connoisseurs of exquisite taste and beauty. 

Ban Tours IWINETC 2013 Partners

Discover Croatia as the new, prospective and exciting destination on the world’s culinary map and let us lead you every step of the way. Come and meet us at iwinetc 2013!

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