This year’s Wine & Walk by the sea gathered 550 participants, and as always, one more spot was sorely sought after. Understandable, because who wouldn’t want to spend a sunny autumn Saturday strolling through Novigrad, tasting wine from the cellars of seven top winemakers? We are especially pleased that the news of our event is spreading beyond the borders of Croatia, so this year we were joined by guests from Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Germany.
And the intoxicating drops awaited us at the very first checkpoint, where the Pervino Winery presented itself with chardonnay and sparkling wines. Delicious hors d’œuvres were done by Pelagius Catering, who delighted everyone with their anchovy & cod bruschettas. The pleasant atmosphere was complemented by a fun performance by actors from Istra Inspirit who visited us again at the fourth checkpoint.
At the second stop, we tasted Malvasia and Rose from the cellar of Moreno Ivančić. The perfect savory Istrian delicacies of the Navigare restaurant were excellently paired with it. At the third stop, we were served by the Stancija Fava Winery whose Teran quickly brought out the colour in our cheeks, and the Nino Tavern rewarded our palates with a delicious Boscarin & truffle cream paninis. An accordion and guitar duo joined us here as a perfect and playful accompaniment to our wine delights.
The Demark Wines welcomed us at the following checkpoint of our walk, and in addition to tasting their Malvasia and Rose, we also tasted some pljukanci with homemade salsa and mozzarella presented by the Half 8 restaurant.
Let’s move on! At the fifth stop, we enjoyed Malvasia and sparkling wine from the Leonardo Palčić Winery and a delicious black risotto from the Sergio Tavern. A new feature in this year’s Wine & Walk was a break point, a stop between the fifth and sixth checkpoints, where we took a little break from wine and refreshed ourselves with water and juice, re-charged our batteries with coffee, and also worked out a little bit with the help of some expert tourist entertainers.
The sixth stop was reserved for Mihelić Wines and their already well-known wine brand Ghira. The Kod Marice Restaurant prepared an irresistible brodeto with polenta. At the final point, we tasted the Borgonja and Muscat from the Novacco Winery, and the winewalkers with a sweet tooth came into their own with the almond biscotti from the Ošo Bakery.
Of course, Saturday’s party continued after the wine walk: the walkers moved to the Novigrad square, where they enjoyed the after-party with the excellent Goran Griff band. In short, it was an unbeatable weekend getaway!