NP Mljet- the First National Park on the Adriatic

Hvar port seen from the fortress

Today was an R&R day- no winery visits scheduled, just some swimming in the Adriatic and a walking tour of the first national park on the Adriatic: NP Mljet. More spectacular vistas including the 13th century Benedictine monastery built on St. Mary’s Island in the middle of the great salt lake in the national park.

Hvar’s stone walls are everywhere

However we did have a great winery visit last evening on Korcula at the Bire Family Winery. Frano Bire is continuing the 500 year family legacy of grape growing on the island. He has completely restructured 6 100 year old buildings into a state of the art autonomous farm winery. They produce almost everything they serve at dinner, including the olive oil, olives, bread and of course, the wine. They produce 15,000 bottles: a unique white from the grk grape and plavec mali. Grk is only grown on Korkula so impossible to find anywhere else. It’s a pity because although reminiscent of a very good sauvignon blanc, it has a distinct floral aroma with a deep golden color and good acidity. Everyone loved it. We ended the meal with homemade pastry and 3 different homemade liqueurs.

On Hvar Island towards Tomic Winery

I do apologize that the photos published on the blog are not in sync with the topic because it takes a day for my server to upload the photos. So today’s photos are from the unique topography on Hvar, one of the world’s 10 most beautiful islands, according to Condé Nast.

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