Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 - Friday, May 5, 2017
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017
Split, Croatia

Mystery and Adventure

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is launching a fascinating opportunity for wine lovers to taste and travel through the ancestral home of Zinfandel with some of California’s most famous Zinfandel producers and their Croatian counterparts.

A connection between Californian and Croatian wines was established in 2001 when scientists at the University of California, Davis, traveled to Croatia and worked with scientists at the University of Zagreb. They confirmed a link between the genes of California Zinfandel and vineyards near the city of Split, Croatia. This brought the wine-world’s attention to a country that until then was more celebrated for its breathtaking beaches, medieval walled-cities and stunning azure seas.

The Roots of Zinfandel is the first tasting and travel program to bring Californian and Croatian wine producers together with wine enthusiasts. The breathtaking Dalmatia coastline will serve as the backdrop for travelers to find their own private island or hidden cove, explore a rich culture and historical sites, relax on the beach, and indulge in the mouth- watering local cuisine with wines to match.

The five-day program will be based in Split at the Radisson Blu Hotel. This four-star property overlooks a beach near the medieval city center.  Participants will have the chance to mingle with some of California’s and Croatia’s most famous wine producers in a series of parties, meals, tastings and tours to neighboring islands and vineyards.

Hosted by Zinfandel Winery Experts:

Rich Parducci – a fourth-generation Winemaker in Mendocino and proprietor of McNab Ridge Vineyards

Randle Johnson – Director of Winemaking at Hess Collection and ArteZin, which specializes in wine from heritage grapes

David Gates – Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Ridge Vineyards, a winery that has been making Zinfandel for over 60 years

Ivo Jeramaz – Vice President of Vineyards and Production at Grgich Hills Estate and whose own roots can be traced back directly to Croatia

Joel Peterson – Founder of Ravenswood Winery and considered “the Godfather of Zin”

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