ROUTE - OUR HERO, KASTELA’S CRLJENAK WINE – during the route our guests will discover our tradition, culture and history as well as our best product – the crljenak wine - from the Cooperative Agriculture “Coop” and one private winery.
1st stop THE OLD OLIVE TREE - meet and greet by a local tour leader in front of the oldest olive tree Olea Europea (1500 years old) in Kaštel Štafilić (in front of the kindergarten). Prepare yourself for a tour like no other. You can experience the most enjoyable and original way to taste the wine and view some of the castles in the city of Kastela.
Travel deep into the vineyards in a traditional carriage pulled by two purebred horses through spectacular Kaštela Bay, a place where nobility built 17 citadels and palaces, home of two lovers Miljenko and Dobrila and the city where grappa Zinfandel was primarily grown. The whole route is around 18 km long and lasts for approximately 3 hours.
2nd stop AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE „COOP“ - WINE TASTING - meet and greet by the locals. The stop is in front of the Agricultural Cooperative. The history of the Cooperative dates back to 1939 when Kaštela winemakers, enthusiasts, joined forces in order to present to Europe their Kaštela's crljenak in the best possible way.
Guests will be able to taste wine directly from a wooden barrel (0,2 l) or from the bottle (depending on the time of the visit) during our tour of our hero – Kaštela's crljenak. Besides tasting, guests have the opportunity to learn how to make wine and at the end also to buy it.
3rd stop ROSANI CASTLE / RUŠINAC IN KAŠTEL LUKŠIĆ AND ST. JOHN’S CHAPEL - the carriage passing by the Rosani Castle in Kaštel Lukšić (mentioned before in our legend of two lovers). It was built by the Rosani family back in 1482 on a sea reef. Now famous as the home of Miljenkoa and Dobrila’s tragic lovers, this former summer house and the castle was abandoned, along with all the surrounding houses in the 17th century because it lacked fortification. Today, it is a residence and you are welcome to walk around its landscaped gardens. Also, we will pass by the tiny chapel of St. John where Miljenko and Dobrila are buried.
4th stop VITTURI CASTLE IN KAŠTEL LUKŠIĆ - built by the second family featured in the tragic love story of Miljenko and Dobrila, the Vitturi Castle was constructed by Nikola and Jerolim Vitturi, two noblemen from Trogir in 1564. It consisted of a residential two-story building with a balcony and typical sea exit on the south side and of two defensive towers and a drawbridge as a connection with the mainland on the northern side. The drawbridge was replaced with a one-arc stone bridge in the 18th century. In the centre of the castle is a yard with arcades and galleries on the 1st and 2nd floors. Today it houses the public library and the Kaštela Tourist Board office. Free time for photo pause.
5th stop DOMESTIC WINERY - arriving in the small, famous Winery and welcomed by our host. Maybe it is hard to pronounce but a delight to taste Kaštelanski crljenak as well as prosecco, homemade cheese and olive oil. Tasting is directly from the fermentation tanks or from the bottles. Here you can taste the most rewarded wine in Kaštela. After a short break, we are going back by carriage at the first stop.