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It’s ‘More Wines, More Times’ as Katarina Line Launches Campaign To Introduces More Travelers to Excellence of Croatian Wines

Company Offers Customizable Wine Cruises for Groups and Individual Bookings that Explore the Art of Viticulture Along Dalmatian Coast

Posted on Sun, Jul 7th, 2019 10:25 am by Anthony Diaz




Croatian wine dates back to ancient Greek settlers some 2,500 years ago, with many of the country’s traditional grape varieties still to be found in the southern Dalmatian islands such as Hvar, Korčula and Brač. These islands are among the ports-of-call of award-winning small ship cruise company Katarina Line, who has launched a company-wide campaign to introduce more travelers to the exceptional quality of Croatian wines. As part of the campaign, the company is now offering a wider range of customizable Wine Cruises for groups. It has also expanded the variety of red and white wines available fleet-wide.

Katarina Line is also accepting individual bookings for a round-trip 7-day Wine Cruise out of Dubrovnik on October 5, 2019, which makes stops at Hvar, Split, Korčula and Šipan, before returning to Dubrovnik. The cruise is on a deluxe superior category vessels, the newer and larger class of cruises built since 2016 that include spacious air-conditioned en-suite cabins and amenities such as hot tubs. Prices start at $3,629 per cabin, based on double. Prices include guided tours and meals onboard per itinerary, entrance to Mljet National Park, and wine tasting fees. All prices are subject to currency exchange rates.

“Croatian wine-making has enjoyed a long history, with the Stari Grad Plains on Hvar Island boasting the longest continuous planted vineyard and becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, managing director of Katarina Line. “We want all of our guests to taste for themselves what makes our wines so special. Therefore, no matter what cruise they take, they can now select from a larger variety of wines, from more wine makers and more islands than ever before.”

Winning With Wine
Katarina Line’s October 5th Wine Cruise reflects the immersive wine tasting excursions and guided tours the company can provide on a typical 7-day cruise. The cruise begins with a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City that includes a ride on a cable car to Mt. Srđ, which is located just behind the city. Guest then cruise to Mljet National Park, where they can visit the old abbey and church inside or take a small boat to explore the lush surroundings. A cruise to Hvar and a visit to the Tomić Winery are next on the cruise. There, the owner will introduce some of his native wines and cuvée, considered among Croatia’s best wines, with innovative combinations of Plavac Mali – the primary red wine grape grown along the Dalmatian coast – and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The following day finds guests at the seaport town of Bol on the island of Brač. The town’s seafront promenade leads to the famous Zlatni Rat Beach, also known as the Golden Horn or Golden Cape for its unique, constantly shifting natural shape. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting in one of Dalmatia’s oldest wine cooperative, currently occupied by the Stina Winery and dating back to 1903.

The cruise continues to Split, the second largest city in Croatia, where guests are treated to a guided tour of its many historical and cultural monuments that include ancient Roman ruins dating back more than 1,000 years. This is followed by a cruise to the island of Korčula for a guided tour and a visit to the wine cellar of Hotel Korsal, where they will taste some of its famous Croatian wines and hear the stories behind them as they enjoy a light snack.

After a stop for swimming at one of the smaller Elafiti islands, guest will conclude the day with a Captain’s dinner and live entertainment. They’ll return to Dubrovnik the next day for a cruise alongside the old city walls, followed by a visit to the Konavle region and Crvik Winery to taste Maraština, a wine made from the indigenous white grape variety cultivated on the Dalmatian coast.

“We want all of our guests to recognize and appreciate the wide variety and rich history of the wines our country has to offer,” said Hauptfeld.

About Katarina Line
Katarina Line is a leading, award-winning DMC in Croatia and Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company with weekly guaranteed departures from the end of April to mid-October. It operates out of the major tourist centers of Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik. With a growing fleet of more than 60 ships in six different categories, the company serves more than 110,000 clients that include 30,000 cruise guests of all ages and budgets. Katarina Line itineraries give travelers the opportunity to explore the stunning natural environment and picturesque Mediterranean towns of Croatia while hopping from one island to another, offering guests unique opportunity to experience the true Croatia. The company enjoys an exceptional relationship with travel agents, which account for more than 98% of all bookings worldwide. Katarina line is a member of many different travel associations, including USTOA, ASTA, NTA, ACTA, RDA, STAN and ETOA. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-485-3121 or visit www.katarina-line.com.