The island of Brač is perhaps the best known for its remarkable white stone. But the island rich in stone is scarce in earth, and making wine here is an art of taming both land and rock. But in recent years, winemaking has undergone a resurgence, with new vineyards planted all over the island, even around the highest point of the Adriatic, Vidova gora!
After an easy 50-minute ferry ride from Split, travel past those sky-high vineyards towards the Golden Horn (Zlatni rat), the famous shape-changing sandy beach in the village of Bol, on the island’s southern shores. Here, the oldest wine cooperative on Brač, established in 1903., is currently occupied by the Stina winery, which draws its inspiration from Brač stone. The winery’s name literally translates to “Rock” and their wines, made of Plavac Mali and Pošip grapes, speak very fondly of it!
After enjoying Stina winery, drive back to the central part of the island to meet the winemaker Saša Senjkovic in the village of Dračevica. His family winery is located in an old, traditional Brač house, filled with authentic details and that good, old-times feeling. Their wines - Bosso, Brocka Ric and the outstanding Spoza rose, coupled with delicacies prepared by the golden hands of Saša’s wife Magdalena, make for both a spectacular food and wine pairing lunch, and a real Brač experience.
At the end of the day, you will feel immersed in the magical relationship between the Dalmatian karst and its wines, as well as the inspirative note of livelihood hardships in this area, which, when overcome, give rise to small, but wondrous treasures of life, like great art and great wines.