The area around the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina, northeast from Zagreb, in Lonja River Valley, catches the eye with green hills, plentiful small vineyards and sleepy villages. White varieties dominate, and local pride is the indigenous Kraljevina. On Zelina wine road you’ll also find excellent Graševina, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Yellow Muscat, Riesling, Furmint, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris and Kerner. There’s not much experimenting and messing with the heritage here: wines are straightforward, fresh and smooth, but full of pleasant, subtle aromas.
Tour includes visits to two young and ambitious winemaking families, trying out the pride of their cellars and also very interesting and refreshing sparkling wines made from native grapes. Traditional lunch in a rural restaurant on top of a hill will fill you with simple but delicious dishes made with local ingredients.