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Hi I have been making wine on the beautiful island of Hvar since 2014. I’ve made wine all over the world but chose Croatia to start my own winery. I currently make 7,000 bottles a year - it’s tiny. I work on my own so during harvest time I need a bit of help from friends and family. This year someone suggested Workaway and so here I am!
I make minimal intervention wines so everything is very hands on. The work involves cleaning tanks and equipment in the winery, lifting cases of grapes into the crusher and then later into the press, coming with me to the vineyards to take samples to decide when to pick.
Ideal for someone who wants to learn about all aspects of winemaking. The days can be long but I do make sure you get time off everyday to go swimming . And of course you get a case of the wine you helped to make! Sometimes it’s an early start and so,times it’s a late finish. It all depends on when the grapes come in. It’s hard, messy work but there’s always a beer and good food and wine at the end of the day.
The accommodation is in a private room in the coastal village of Vrisnik so you don’t need transport to explore the beaches.
One aspect I need to warn about is the bees and the wasps. Since the grapes are full of sugar there is often a bit of a feeding frenzy so this is not suitable for anyone who is allergic to wasps or bees.
As someone who’s a Master of Wine and made wines all around the world for over 20 years I can give you in insight into wine production and tasting. Not just my wines but wines from all around Croatia.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
It’s physical work with heavy lifting at times. Lifting crates of grapes and cleaning winery equipment. But also tasting and testing ferments, checking temperatures, visiting vineyards to collect samples.
English, French, Spanish, Italian
Private room in a house overlooking the sea, 5 minutes walk to a swimming spot and two minutes to bars, cafés and restaurants. Shared bathroom and kitchen. All food will be provided and a comprehensive tasting of Croatian wines and craft beers will be on offer.
The island of Hvar is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The sea is on your doorstep but bikes and mopeds are available for hire and amazing hills to hike in. Local buses to take you to other parts of the island or if I’m free I can drop you off in other villages.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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