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An indigenous grape grown only in Lumbarda - you won't find these vines growing anywhere else in the world. Its origins have been traced back to 3rd/4th centuries BC when the Greeks bought the vines to Korcula. Grk is noted for its slightly bitter after-taste and its unusual characteristic: it only has female flowering parts.
Another autochthonous island white grape, Posip is mainly grown in the valleys of Cara and Smokvica. As with Grk it has a crisp acidity and is a dry wine. Discovered in the mid to late 19th century, it was one of the first white wines to be protected under Croatian law.
Rukatac (also called Marastina)
You'll find this light coloured white wine growing again in the centre of Korcula Island. The best quality Posip is made from around 40% Rukatac grapes.
The most commonly grown red grape in Dalmatia, you'll find Plavac Mali grown across the island. It's a dry wine and its alcohol percentage can be very high. In Lumbarda it is grown alongside the white grapes to pollinate the Grk vines.
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The majority of wineries on Korcula Island are family owned and have been passed down through the generations, some for as long as 300 years. Many are open for public wine tasting or you can visit as part of a wine tasting tour.
There are 7 official Grk wine producers in Lumbarda. 4 of the winemakers have wineries where you can sample and buy wine, and 3 have restaurants where you can try their house and premium wines by the glass or bottle.
The wineries are Bire, Popic-Cebalo, Branimir-Cebalo and Bartul-Cebalo.
The restaurants are Zure, Lovric and Feral.
You can see full contact details for each of the winemakers on the informative Grk website.
There are a number of small producers in Smokvica. Some of the best include Toreta, which also houses an interesting museum and Winery Kunjas.
You can see full contact details for each of the winemakers on the informative Smokvica Tourist Board website.
There is also a "Posip Walk" in Smokvica, which passes by a statute to commerate the discovery of the grape in the area.
There are 4 winemakers from Cara, most notably Krajancic. Krajancic winery is located on the road to Zavalatica.
The largest wine producer in Blato is called "Blato 1902", which also is an olive oil producer. There is a small shop in Korcula Town which sells their house wine (straight from the tank) and bottled wine, as well as domestic olive oil.
Harvest typically takes place mid-late August into September. The time of harvest depends upon when the grapes are ripe measured by the levels of sugar, acid and tannin. Weather also plays a part - grapes need lots of sun, but not too much rain.
Grapes are always hand picked by the extended family of the winery, local friends or even visitors to the island.
Let us know if you would like to be part of an Korcula Island harvest!
There are several wine events taking place on Korcula throughout the summer so be sure to try and make it to one during your visit to Korcula.
Grk Wine Festivals in Lumbarda
Pay one price for your own "Grk" glass and then you're free to taste both the red and white wines from each winemaker.
Dates TBC (3 Sundays across July/August)
LOCATION: Town square in the centre of Lumbarda
Black Island-White Wine
A wonderful evening which showcases the island's very best wines.
22 July 2018 starting at 20:00
LOCATION: Sv Justine square in Korcula Town
Posip nights in Smokvica/Cara
For a week, the wineries in the centre of the village open their doors for you to come and taste their wines.
28 July - 4 August 2018
LOCATION: The villages of Cara and Smokvica
A great opportunity to meet other travellers and learn more about the local wines and the people who make them - why not join us on one of our wine tasting tours.
With over 40,000 winemakers in Croatia, Korcula has its fair share. The island is best known for its white wines, but you'll find delicious reds as well.
Picturesque vineyards in Lumbarda
Toreta winery in Smokvica