Original Zinfandel Comes Home: I am Tribidrag Conference in Split

Did you know that the original Zinfandel grape variety comes from Central Dalmatia?

It is a surprise to many, and just one of the many fascinating aspects of the region’s wine heritage, which boasts a number of indigenous grape varieties, and export markets around the world. Central Dalmatia’s wine heritage will attract global attention later this month with an international conference on its famous grape variety, also known as Tribidrag.

“I Am Tribidrag” Conference is organized by the Tribidrag Association of Zagreb, founded by wine enthusiasts Davorka Krnić-Trick, Fani Prodan,and Iva Drganc, in collaboration with Edi Maletić and Ivan Pejić.

And when we say “world’s leading experts”, we are not kidding: the conference will include lectures by Professor Carole Meredith of the University of California, Davis, the most important person in the quest to find the European origins of Zinfandel, which was eventually resolved in Kaštela over 15 years ago (and that was one of her many successful studies of grape genetics), her colleagues from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Professors Ivan Pejić and Edi Maletić, leading Croatian grapevine researchers and geneticists, Professor José Vouillamoz, Swiss grape geneticist trained with Prof. Meredith at UC Davis, one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling, Jancis Robinson, wine critic and book author described by Decanter magazine as ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’, co-author of Wine Grapes, the first book in English to introduce Tribidrag as the prime name for this variety.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Split-Tacular: Britain’s Most Popular Newspaper on Central Dalamtia

It is Britain’s favourite newspaper with a circulation of around 4 million copies, and a great showcase for destinations looking to attract the British market. The UK is one of Central Dalmatia’s strongest growth markets, a trend is set to continue in 2017, with even more flights announced.

The Sun found Central Dalmatia to be Split-Tacular, with seven key reasons why this is the destination for your summer holiday:

“Sitting on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Split – the country’s second largest city – is seriously pretty, with UNESCO-protected architecture and views of the Adriatic.

“Spend an afternoon wandering the cobbled streets to the sound of the nuns singing at St Dominic’s Church. Grab a pre-dinner Ozujsko, £5 (Croatia’s favourite beer) at Lvxor, across from the steps of Peristil square and take in live guitar music.

“Spy the 20ft statue of Gregory of Nin outside the gate of Diocletian’s Palace, too. Legend has it that rubbing his big toe brings good luck!”

Read the full article here.

Learn more about Split here.

The Daily Telegraph: Why Split Should Be Your Next Break

With all the increased air traffic to Split these days, access to the Dalmatian capital is better than ever, and with the significant upgrade in the city’s gourmet and tourist offer outside the peak sense, there has never been a better time to take a city break in Split. The Daily Telegraph thinks so too… 
“Split, Croatia’s second city, is a revelation… a seafront gem that combines honeycombs of unique historical buildings with a cosmopolitan, palm-lined “Riva” waterfront and a glorious wooded peninsula (the “Marjan”), where you’ll find secluded beaches adrift with pine cones and feathered by olive groves. At the heart of the Old Town is a unique city-within-a-city, the fortifications of the former Roman palace built for the Emperor Diocletian. 
“Its grid of majestic monuments is overlaid with bustling medieval alleyways and crammed with higgledy-piggledy shops and restaurants. Visit for the annual Summer Festival (July 14-August 14), when the palace’s magnificent courtyard – the “Peristyle” – is transformed into an open-air stage. Refreshing breezes from the Adriatic mean summer temperatures are seldom oppressive in Split. And if you do need to cool off, there’s a jolly town beach (Bacvice), and boat trips aplenty from the Riva to the neighbouring islands of Solta, Brac and Hvar.”
To learn more about Split, click here

Sinj as Seen from Above: Skydive over Central Dalmatia

Central Dalmatia is gorgeous whichever way you look at it. And while many take the lazy option and head to the beach for their views, adrenaline junkies have a number of options available to them in a region which is fast becoming known as an adventure tourism paradise.

Skydiving perhaps? Did you know that there is a small sports airfield north of Split in Sinj, which is home to a very active group of sporting enthusiasts? Plenty of action is possible there, including skydiving. Want to get a feel of the Sinj skydiving experience? Well-known Split aviation photographer Eddy Mestrovic brings the reality into your computer screen with this excellent video of a recent skydive from Sinj.

To learn more about Sinj as a destination, click here.

Postrana, Home to Croatia’s Small Boatbuilders and Tourist Attractions Fair

Croatia has a rich maritime tradition, as well as a thriving boat building industry, but while the majority of the country’s boat building industry awareness is centred on the shipyards of Rijeka, Split and elsewhere, there is a small but thriving sector which supplies international clients all over the globe with some of the finest vessels of their kind, an industry which survives without any state subsidies at all.

The Croatian Small Boat Builders Association has an impressive portfolio, from the red tourist semi-submarines dotting the Croatian coast and further afield to quicker boats made for the Cameroon Coast Guard.

Each year, these hard-working producers gather at Hotel Meridien Lav in Podstrana to present their wares at the Days of Croatian Small Boatbuilding fair. For the last two years, they have been joined by an innovative Tourist Attractions fair,and the combination of the two makes for a fun family day out, with lots to entertain the kids. Entrance is free, and you can see the trailer below for this year’s event, which runs from April 27-30.

For more information about Podstana as a destination, click here.