Tradition and a tendency toward change, passion, and duty is Saints hills mission. Even when it’s sometimes contradictory, and sometimes impossible. But if you drink a glass of their wine, all fits into place.
Croatia, at the heart of Europe, at the heart of the Mediterranean. The Adriatic Sea and Saints Hills’ vineyards are but a stone’s throw away from Dubrovnik, and two from Diocletian’s Palace in Split and Vespasian’s Amphitheatre in Pula.
When visiting the peninsula of Pelješac, this miraculously preserved wonder of Mediterranean nature and culture, you can easily get the feeling that someone placed you into the scene of an old movie Maybe the clocks were stopped here, somewhere in the times without smartphones and constant rush.
These beautiful vineyards, are all done by hand, because Nature does not allow machines in Dingač, you slowly get the picture what these wines are all about. They are all about sun, sea, stone and really hard work. Yet every drop is worth it. Now that you are in Saints hills vineyard, you are put into the “Pelješac mode”, ready to visit the winery.
“Vinaria”, what they call Saints Hills winery, is an old stone house in a little village of Oskorušno. This house actually used to be a winery, but its owners went on a quest for better life over the ocean, leaving their winery to sleep for 80 years. In Saints hills they believe that it was waiting for them to breathe in a new life in her, so they decided to leave the old stones untouched. The modern part of story is however, for the guest yet to discover.
The “Treasury” room is maybe the best way to meet Saints hills wine. That is where they keep all their vintages produced. You can see the development over the years, and in different vineyards. And take your time. This room will take you to wine-wonderland.
This story is also followed by the food that is served in Saints hills restaurant. All ingredients are fresh and local, vegetables and spices are grown in their own garden. Dishes tend to follow Dalmatian traditional recipes made with a little twist from the Chef.
“Vinaria” is also a place to stay, with couple of luxury rooms made to meet high expectations of guests, and to spoil them, fulfilling the experience of this old stone house with everything a modern person needs.
After a visit to “Vinaria” with full batteries and refreshed soul, guests bring with them beautiful memories, and a reservation to come back very soon.
Two millennium’s worth of history of vine is one of the symbols of the Mediterranean. The other symbol, although far subtler, is the family. Saints hills founder’s children, Lucia, Roko, and Ante, are named after saints, and vineyards, St. Lucia, St. Roko, and St. Ante are named after the children. Little Lorena is still waiting for her vineyard.