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“Wonderful food, great company, fantastic day”

EatIstria Cooking Classes and Wine Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We invite curious visitors of Istria, the green Mediterranean, to join our Cooking Classes and Wine Tours and learn how we eat, drink and live on the largest Adriatic peninsula. Fresh, local and simple for more taste and less fuss. Let all your senses enjoy the magic of Istrian cuisine. All our tours are private experiences and tailored for individuals and small groups. (1-6 guests). What is included: transfer from anywhere in Pula area, all the ingredients that we source on local green and fish market, the lesson followed by a meal that you cooked, a bottle of wine for two persons, water and some authentic sightseeing… Experience Istrian wines on the spot, talking to them, not listening to boring talks about them. If you are a wine enthusiast eager to meet in person Istrian winemakers and taste their Istrian Malvasia, Teran and Istrian Borgonja, grape varieties indigenous to Istria, take one of our wine tours - Central, Western or South Istrian
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Our first day in Pula was very well spent with Goran, Allan, and Pina. We first went to the market to pick up a few supplies and just browse around this very well equipped market. We walked by the fish market, a baker, and the cheese store. All along Goran shared his knowledge of the food, cuture and history of the area. Then we drove out to the family house in Medulin where we cooked duck in a clay pot in the oven, and helped make pasta and a fantastic ratatouille. And all along we tasted several types of Istrian wine. Goran went to great lengths to accommodate our teenage kids, who helped chop and peel vegetables, and make the pasta.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We were blown away by how great Goran's Istrian wine tour was! He is funny, knowledgeable and helpful - such a nice guy with such enthusiasm for great food and wine. We got an intimate look at three very different wineries, talked with the winemakers themselves, and tasted some amazing wines and delicious local food. I wish we could hire Goran to take us on all of our future wine tours, wherever we go! Highly recommend.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Who would have thought that my wife and I would enjoy Istrian wines so much? Goran's tour of the wineries was fantastic. He knows all the best ones and is a certified sommelier who knows what he's talking about. My only regret was not taking advantage of their cooking classes while there as the pasta looked fantastic!

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

The best wine tour I've done!! Very knowledgable tour guide!! Amazing local lunch and very personable tour guide!

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

In planning our first trip to Croatia last August, I stumbled upon the Taste of Croatia website and enquired with Goran where he might suggest we eat, drink and explore all-things-foodie in several cities along the coast. His response blew me away! My first thought was, ‘now this is a man who knows his local cuisine’ and secondly, ‘we will be fast friends’.

Goran not only gave unique recommendations for the touristic cities of Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar, but he also shared a few hidden gems. Luckily my partner and I travel flexibly, with few plans and many possibilities, and thus we were able to take advantage of his advice on several occasions.

As we drove south from the island of Pašman and harbour town Biograd na Moru toward Split, we decided to venture off the main roads and take one of Goran’s recommendations to visit Bibich Winery near Skradin. Bibich is situated atop a small hill, its vineyards stretching outside the village with views of the coastline. Summer 2012 had been unseasonably dry in Croatia and several times we drove past small bush fires but as we approached Skradin we noticed a fire in the distance seemingly moving in the direction we were travelling.

As we entered the winery we were greeted by Alen Bibich who appeared unfazed by the approaching fire! Despite the ominous cloud of smoke nearing the village, Alen took time to share the family process of wine making, happily walking us through each vintage. Knowing little about Croatian wines before our visit, we were pleasantly surprised by the delicious flavours (and affordable prices!). We took home several bottles of the G6 Grenache and the Sangreal Shiraz, coupling them with stunning sunsets up and down the coastline in the following days.

Back to Goran and EatIstria! Our second visit to Croatia was last November, with Istrian truffle hunting objectives. On the day we spent in Pula, we met Goran early at the local markets where he (must now be recognised as the local who brings the tourists!) willingly accommodated a vegetarian and planned the meal around the fresh produce we found that day. Tasting our way through the market, we discovered indigenous fermented berries which we later paired with fresh goat cheese; we also bought several types of fish, courgettes, wild herbs, forest mushrooms, etc.

Upon arrival at the house we were greeted by Allen and Pina, and the five of us spent an unforgettable afternoon cooking, tasting, drinking, and enjoying together. All enthusiastic about food and culture, we found ourselves sharing cooking tips from our respective backgrounds (the image of Allen chopping onions with a piece of sourdough bread in his mouth to keep from crying is forever engrained in my memory!).

Before diving into the fish we sampled homemade sourdough bread and the youngest olive oil I’ve ever eaten- just six days old from the olive tree in the garden! We made fresh pasta, learnt how to properly filet fish, boiled a fish stock, and Goran even taught us Swiss traditions with a red wine tart he created as a physics student in Switzerland. The meal was paired with local wines and homemade schnapps. It was hard to leave at the end of the evening, equally due to the conversation we didn’t wish to cut short and the delirium post-meal!

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