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Croatian vineyard
Croatian vineyard (Mary Curry)

With a menu of excursions to choose from, we decide to focus a good part of our time in Croatia visiting the local wineries! Croatia offers stunning vineyards, quality wines, and memorable cellars. The Croatians love their wine and cherish it. In one cellar, the sommelier told a great story about the cellar master during WWII who hastily created a fake wall in the cellar. He fashioned a mud and stone false front to protect the oldest and most valuable (some worth over 8000 Euros) bottles when the Nazis occupied the area. He efforts paid off. While several cellars were looted or destroyed, the decades old vintages behind the wall were never discovered and some are still kept by the cellar to this day. 
Ilok Wine Tasting Croatia
Ilok Wine Tasting Croatia (Mary Curry)
Ilok Wine Tasting Croatia
Ilok Wine Tasting Croatia (Mary Curry)

Of course no winery visit would be complete without a tasting. We stopped for a snack to try a couple of reds and whites and one winery. Then we headed to a second winery that specialized in white wine where we sipped sparkling wine while walking amongst a wedding party celebrating their reception at the winery that day. 
Sparkling Wine in Croatia
Sparkling Wine in Croatia (Mary Curry)
Croatian winery
Croatian winery (Mary Curry)

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