have been cultivated all over Istria and as such in the area
of Poreč since the time before Christ. Additionally, there are many
written monuments in the Poreč area which bear witness to its
existence. For example, stone monuments that date from the time of the
rule of the Roman Empire bear witness to the existence of grape vines
and grape harvesting. Over the centuries the rulers of the city changed
as did the city's name Parentium, Parens or Poreč, but it always
remained coveted for its oil and wine.
Thanks to its fertile soil and mild Mediterranean climate with long, hot
summers and short, mild winters, Istria has the ideal conditions for
the development of grape cultivation.
The wine roads
of the Poreč region will take you from city crowds to
vineyards and wine cellars
. From Višnjan, about 15 km away from Poreč,
they gracefully slope towards the shore in an area with red soil, ideal
for the growth of grape vines, while in the opposite direction, towards
Vižinada, the wine roads lead to the winegrowing hills and wine cellars
of surrounding villages. Excellent wines who owe their quality to the
melding of traditional production with modern technology are born
precisely in these cellars.
Over the long history of grape vine cultivation and tradition of
winemaking in Poreč, at the end of the 19th century the basis for the
foundation of today's Institute for Agriculture with its wine cellar
The Poreč area's most plentiful wine, Istrian Malvazija
variety of white wine, and immediately alongside it White Pinot, Grey
Pinot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon
proudly climb the surrounding green
hills. Of red wines, those that best grow in the area are Teran,
Borgonja, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
. Muškat and Malvazija Slatka
(sweet Malmsey) are excellent desert wines.
The wine roads will enchant you with their natural beauty and all the
colours, scents and tastes will guide you to new explorations.