Wine Tasting Dubrovnik: Wine Tours, Bars & Wineries Nearby

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Last Updated: May 2, 2023
Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik Croatia: Medieval Wine Tasting & More

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2023

The walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most impressive destinations. The medieval town is encapsulated by ancient walls and home to towering fortresses, rocky cove beaches and unique wines. It’s no wonder the destination — dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ — sees over a million visitors each year. Avoid the crowds by visiting during the shoulder seasons, like April and October. These months see pleasant weather, but less congestion.

The Best Things To Do, See and Drink in Dubrovnik

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You can also bundle access to walking the Dubrovnik walls and taking the cable car up Srd Hill with this super saver pass.

Dubrovnik Wine Tours

To truly experience the magic of Dubrovnik and the surrounding Adriatic Sea, vineyards and countryside, we recommend arranging one (or several) of these unique and highly rated tours operated by locals. This way you can avoid the logistics of planning and driving, while getting more detailed insider insight. Note that for the next month, Winetraveler readers can get 15% off any tours booked through this website by using code WINETRAVELER15.

Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Dubrovnik

Paddle through crystal-clear waters while admiring the stunning sunset with this special tour from Dubrovnik, and conclude the experience with a delightful wine tasting session in a cozy, beachside setting. This unique tour perfectly blends outdoor exploration and gastronomic indulgence, making it an ideal choice for an unforgettable Dubrovnik experience.

Visit Ston, Go on a Boat Ride, Taste Oysters Paired with Wine

Join Dubrovnik Wine Tours for a captivating day trip to the historic town of Ston, situated just a short drive from Dubrovnik. This remarkable excursion offers a blend of culture, gastronomy, and natural beauty. Marvel at the ancient wall as you explore the medieval town, and venture to a local vineyard for a delightful wine tasting session. The highlight of the tour is a boat ride to a nearby oyster farm, where you’ll learn about the millennia-old cultivation process and savor the fresh harvest. With convenient pickup and drop-off from Old Town Dubrovnik included, this Ston adventure is an unforgettable experience that combines history, viticulture, and breathtaking coastal views.

Dubrovnik Food and Drink Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Experience the authentic flavors of Dubrovnik with Fabula Ragusea on a delightful walking tour that takes you to the city’s hidden culinary gems. Steer clear of tourist traps as you explore local food and drink spots with your knowledgeable guide, who will provide cultural insights and personalized tips along the way. The tour includes visits to four family-run restaurants, where you’ll indulge in delicious seafood, wine, and other local specialties. With food and drinks included in the price and a small-group size for a more intimate experience, this walking tour offers a unique and immersive way to discover Dubrovnik’s rich history, culture, and gastronomy.

Wine Lover’s Tour of Peljesac Peninsula

Explore the world of Southern Dalmatian wines with Insider Holidays on a wine tasting tour of the Pelješac peninsula. This immersive experience takes you away from the bustling city of Dubrovnik to visit two authentic rural wineries, where you’ll learn about the winemaking process and enjoy samples of the region’s finest wines. The tour also includes a visit to the historic town of Ston, known for its architectural charm. With the benefits of a small-group tour, personalized insights from your guide, and hassle-free round-trip transfers from your Dubrovnik hotel, this wine tasting adventure offers a delightful and relaxing getaway to discover the true essence of Dalmatian viticulture.

Wine Taste at These Dubrovnik Wine Bars within Medieval Walls

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Wine tasting within Dubrovnik’s ancient walls at Malvasija Wine Bar or Razonoda are must-do’s when visiting the city.

Croatian wines, especially those cultivated in the Peljesac Peninsula, are rarely exported, so the best way to sample them is within the country. Inside the city’s ancient walls, weave through the cobbled streets up and down to any of the recommended wine bars in Dubrovnik below. Taste varieties along to jazz music while nibbling on Croatian cheese. Some of the wines offered come from spots that only 300 bottles per year, so make sure to sample some of these special and rare wines.

Wine Bar Škar Dubrovnik Old Town

Dropčeva ul. 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

+385 98 787 705

Wine Bar Škar is a cozy and intimate wine bar nestled in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. This charming spot offers a diverse selection of local and international wines, paired with delicious tapas-style dishes. With its knowledgeable staff, rustic atmosphere, and impressive wine collection, Wine Bar Škar is a must-visit for Winetravelers and casual drinkers alike looking to experience the rich flavors of Croatian wines in a historic setting.

D’Vino Wine Bar Dubrovnik

Palmotićeva ul. 4a, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

+385 20 321 130

D’Vino Wine Bar Dubrovnik stands out for its expertly curated wine flights, which allow guests to sample and compare a variety of regional wines in a single visit. Patrons love the warm, sociable ambience, as well as the opportunity to participate in engaging wine tastings led by the bar’s passionate and well-informed staff. The intimate, rustic interior and outdoor terrace provide a versatile setting for both casual gatherings and special occasions. D’Vino is the go-to destination for an authentic and educational wine experience in Dubrovnik’s picturesque Old Town.

Bakus Wine Bar

Prijeko ul. 6, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

+385 98 644 645

Bakus Wine Bar is another hidden gem situated in the enchanting streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. This quaint wine bar offers a delightful fusion of modern design and traditional charm. Its unique feature is the focus on organic and biodynamic wines, showcasing the best of Croatia’s sustainable viticulture. In addition to its eco-friendly wine selection, Bakus offers a delectable assortment of cheeses, olives, and other Mediterranean nibbles, creating a perfect environment for a leisurely evening of sipping and savoring with friends or loved ones.

Cave Bar More

Šetalište Nika i Meda Pucića 12, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

+385 20 494 200

Cave Bar More in Dubrovnik offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience, as it is set within a naturally formed cave that extends into the cliffs along the Adriatic coastline. This extraordinary bar seamlessly blends the awe-inspiring beauty of its geological surroundings with modern and stylish decor. Winetravelers are captivated by the enchanting atmosphere and breathtaking sea views, while enjoying a diverse selection of expertly crafted cocktails, local wines, and light bites. Cave Bar More provides an unforgettable and unparalleled experience for those seeking a remarkable fusion of nature and sophistication in the stunning city of Dubrovnik.

Wineries Near Dubrovnik Overlooking the Sea

The vineyards of the Peljesac Peninsula are just a short drive away from the walled city. Plan to explore and taste the nearby seaside region town of Ston. Here, you can admire the steep vineyards built on a 45-degree incline overlooking the sea, stopping to taste at wineries such as Grgic, Milos, and Marlais.

Grgić Winery

Unnamed Rd, Croatia, 20245, Trstenik, Croatia

+385 20 748 090

Embark on a memorable journey to Grgić Winery, located roughly 80 miles (130 km) north of Dubrovnik in the picturesque region of Pelješac. A scenic two-hour drive along the stunning coastline will lead you to this world-renowned winery founded by esteemed winemaker, Mike Grgich. As you arrive, the lush vineyards against the backdrop of azure seas create a breathtaking setting for an unforgettable visit.

At Grgić Winery, you’ll be immersed in the art and tradition of Croatian winemaking. Delight your senses with a guided tour of the vineyards and production facilities, and learn about the winery’s storied history and commitment to quality. The true highlight of your visit will be a tasting of their exceptional wines, including the famous Plavac Mali and Pošip, accompanied by local delicacies and captivating views.

Milos Winery

Boljenovići 15, 20230, Ston, Croatia

+385 98 965 6880

A pleasant 90-minute drive through idyllic landscapes and charming villages will transport you to this family-owned winery steeped in tradition and passion for winemaking.

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by the warm, hospitable Miloš family, who have been cultivating vines and producing exquisite wines for generations. Explore the terraced vineyards, where old vines masterfully blend with the rugged landscape, and delve into the winery’s fascinating history and organic viticulture practices during a guided tour.

Savor the moment as you indulge in a tasting of Miloš Winery’s exceptional wines, such as the highly regarded Plavac Mali and Stagnum, paired with locally sourced cheeses, olives, and other delectable treats. The serene atmosphere, accompanied by panoramic views of the stunning Adriatic coast, will create lasting memories of your visit to this charming winery.

Marlais Winery

D414 3, 20230, Boljenovići, Croatia

+385 98 174 8427

Discover the charm of Marlais Winery, a family-owned boutique vineyard nestled in the picturesque Istrian countryside of Croatia. Located near the small village of Sveti Lovreč, this hidden gem is just a short drive from the popular coastal destinations of Poreč and Rovinj.

At Marlais Winery, you’ll be captivated by the lush vineyards and modern production facilities, where traditional winemaking techniques are skillfully combined with innovative technology. The passionate and welcoming Marlais family is dedicated to producing high-quality wines that authentically represent the terroir of the region.

During your visit, enjoy a guided tour of the estate, where you’ll learn about the winery’s history, commitment to sustainable practices, and the unique characteristics of Istrian wines. Indulge in a delightful tasting experience, featuring Marlais Winery’s exquisite selection of Malvasia, Teran, and other local grape varieties, perfectly paired with regional delicacies.

Edivo Underwater Winery

Drače 18 A Drače, Pelješac, 20246, Croatia

+385 91 612 7229

Visit Edivo Underwater Winery in Žuljana, Dubrovnik and/or Drače, Croatia
How many wineries have you visited that offer an opportunity to scuba dive for your wine? At Edivo Vina, it’s possible.

Experience the captivating allure of Edivo Vina, a pioneering Croatian winery with a truly unique approach to aging their wines. Located in Drače on the scenic Pelješac Peninsula, Edivo Vina combines winemaking expertise with an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Edivo Vina’s innovative technique involves submerging clay amphorae containing their premium wines in the depths of the Adriatic Sea for one to two years. This underwater aging process creates a distinct flavor profile and adds an intriguing mystique to each bottle.

Visitors to Edivo Vina can embark on a thrilling scuba diving excursion, where they’ll have the opportunity to personally retrieve their wine from the underwater cellar. The submerged amphorae, encrusted with marine life, create a mesmerizing sight and a tangible connection to the sea.

After the dive, delight in a tasting session that showcases Edivo Vina’s exceptional wines, including their signature Navis Mysterium, accompanied by the breathtaking backdrop of the Adriatic coastline.

Once you get back in Dubrovnik…

Back in the city, Buza Bar (Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia) sits on edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, the perfect place to wine taste at sunset.

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More Essential Things to Do in Dubrovnik

Walk the Walls

The Walls of Dubrovnik
The Walls of Dubrovnik. Photo by Lori Zaino.

Meandering along Dubrovnik’s walls is probably best done before wine tasting, as some areas are steep, narrow and rise up high above sea level. But that’s what makes the adventure so incredibly enticing, as the views of the sparkling Adriatic and the red rooftops of the historic center don’t get much better. The walk (which you can reserve here), which takes at least an hour or two costs 200 Kuna (about $30). Make sure to bring sunblock, water and arrive early — especially during the high season.

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Visit the Fortress

Your Walls Ticket also includes entrance to the Lovrijenac Fortress, which sits just outside of the historic city walls. Perched high above the sea, be ready to climb more stairs to get there. Exploring the ancient structure that was once defended by its ten cannons may seem familiar — you’ve probably seen it on Game of Thrones. If Game of Thrones is/was your thing, you can also book a tour that takes you through the locations where many scenes were shot.

Go to the Beach

While many of Dubrovnik’s beaches are rocky, the Adriatic waters seem to sparkle, making the pebbled beaches just as gorgeous as the sandy ones. The nearest beach to the historic city center is Banje Beach, just a short walk. You’ll find both rocks and sand along this beach. A short drive away is Sveti Jakov Beach, a quieter cove with gorgeous views of Dubrovnik in the distance.

Take the Ferry to Lokrum

An island just a 20-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik is Lokrum. A beautiful hilly island complete with a wooded interior, a salty lake known as the Croatian ‘Dead Sea,’ and hidden, rocky beaches scattered throughout the island. It’s known for its large population of rabbits and peacocks, both of which seem to be unperturbed by the presence of humans. Note that ferry tickets to Lokrum can only be purchased in-person in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, and they run about every 30 minutes. Plan to pack a picnic lunch and spend the day there, and consider scheduling a guided walking tour once on the island.

The island of Lokrum just 20 minutes outside of Dubrovnik
The island of Lokrum just 20 minutes outside of Dubrovnik by Ferry. Photo by Lori Zaino.

Stroll the Streets

Walking through the tiny medieval alleyways takes you back in time. Don’t worry about losing your way — remember, the city has walls on all four sides. Plan to wander and admire the old buildings, small shops and crumbling churches. Game of Thrones fans should plan to see some of the filming locations like the Spanish Steps.

Kayak the Waters

If you’re into aquatic adventures, make sure to do a kayak trip along the bay. Seeing Dubrovnik from the lapping waves of the Adriatic makes for truly stunning views. Tours often go out around sunset, and the quiet waters are easy to navigate as you follow the group. 

See the old town of Dubrovnik with the famous Srd Hill Cable Car.
See the old town of Dubrovnik with the famous Srd Hill Cable Car.

Take the Cable Car

Riding Dubrovnik’s cable car up to Srd Hill is best at sunset. Views overlook the historic city walled city center, the expansive Adriatic and many Croatian islands, including Lokrum. You can get roundtrip tickets and more for the experience right here.

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