bol: wine & dine

Bol is on the island of Brač (bra-ch), the largest of the Dalmatian islands.  Bol is known for it's beach: Zlatni Rat, a pebbly beach the comes to a point out in the sea.  I wasn't too interested in laying on a beach (why lay on a beach, when you could suntan on a sailboat?) so Trev and I set out with some of the other people from our boat to explore.  Bol is a bit spread out with Zlatni Rat towards the North and the Dominican Monastery in the South with lots of little beaches and a small town in the middle.

We walked out to monastery first - there wasn't too much to see, but it was a beautiful walk.  I may have stolen a pomegranate along the way...I couldn't resist, it was hanging right over the sidewalk.  I have a theory that stolen fruit tastes better :)

That big white building along the water is the winery

After our walk Trev and I poked around in the little town and found a winery to visit, right along the riva.  Stina (which means 'stone' in Croatian) is a relatively new wine producer.  If my memory is correct they've been around since about 2009, when they took over the Dalminska Vinska Zadruga (the Dalmatian Wine Association) which had been operating since 1903.  They've modernized the building (and wine production), but left enough of the original behind.

This used to store the wine...and this is the small one!

There were gigantic storage vats built into the stone walls that used to hold several thousand litres of wine for fermentation and aging - pretty cool.  We took a little tour and learned about wine production on Brač.  The island is known for it's Plavac Mali grapes (a relative of Zinfandel) and Posip, a lovely white grape.  The best grapes grow on vineyards planted on extremely steep hillsides (almost cliffs) facing the sea - the vines capable of producing on the steep slope grow the best, they get the salt air and the maximum sunlight, resulting in rich, flavourful wines.

Our tour also included a tasting and a few little canapes (actually, the tasting glasses were more like regular-sized glasses).  The rosé was just okay, but we both really enjoyed the Plavac Mali and especially enjoyed the Posip.  Too bad the majority of Croatian wine is consumed domestically!  But, Stina does have plans to expand internationally - last year they planted 1/2 million new vines and are building another winery facility.  It would be awesome to see a bottle of their wine in Canada in 3-5 years.

After our little winery tour we took a walk and enjoyed another gorgeous sunset, then made our way back to the boat and enjoyed a few more glasses of wine with our crew before heading to Konoba Dalmatino for dinner.  Trev ordered squid (both grilled & fried) and I ordered gnocchi with black truffel sauce and Dalmatian-style ham.  Both dishes were good - I really enjoyed the gnocchi, but it was incredibly rich and filling.  I don't think I even managed to eat half, then Trev and I traded plates so I could try the squid too (well, a few bites anyways) and he helped me out with the gnocchi.

Even though I was super-stuffed I managed to still have room for a small ice cream cone.  'Sladoled' in Croatian.  My favourite flavour while we were in Croatia was cherry.  It hit the spot.