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Explore the Culinary Delights of Kaštelir – Labinci

Nestled in the enchanting northwest of Istria lies the picturesque Municipality of Kaštelir-Labinci (Castelliere-Santa Domenica), just a stone's throw away from Poreč. Spanning across 32 square kilometres, this charming region is home to a tapestry of quaint settlements including Babići, Brnobići, Cerjani, and Labinci, each offering a unique gastronomic experience waiting to be savoured.

Getting here is a breeze, whether by car or through the convenient regular bus service from Poreč. Yet, the true essence of Kaštelir-Labinci unfolds best when explored at a leisurely pace – hop on a bike or take a stroll along the network of cycling and walking paths curated by the local Tourist Board for an unforgettable journey.

Where to start?

Embark on your culinary escapade from the heart of Kaštelir, adjacent to the venerable Church of Saint Cusma and Damian, where Kašetica awaits. This delightful shop is a treasure trove of products sourced from local family farms, offering you a taste of authenticity at every turn.

Begin your day with a visit to the Lucija Venier family farm and immerse yourself in the art of crafting traditional Istrian pasta, pljukanci, in the rustic ambiance of an old Istrian home. Indulge your senses as you knead, shape, and savour these delectable creations paired with exquisite sauces from Venier's kitchen.

Before venturing into the countryside, tantalize your taste buds with the original flavours of Kaštelir beers at the Castellana craft brewery. Founded by the dynamic duo Tina Kovač and Gabriel de Faveri, this brewery boasts ingredients sourced from their very own family farm, ensuring a truly authentic experience.

Quench your thirst with a sip of Gineta, the quintessential Kaštelir drink, a refreshing ode to Istrian tradition meticulously crafted by Marko Bratović at Count's drinks. As the sun kisses the landscape, let the gentle breeze of summer accompany you on your journey.

Explore the countryside

Explore the bucolic charm of Tadini and discover the Radoš Winery, where oenologist Dejan Radoš, guided by his mother Nadija's legacy, crafts wines amidst the serene beauty of the countryside.

Continue your odyssey to Cerjani, home to the award-winning Istrian distillery of Goran Špehar, renowned for its exquisite Istrian Drop (Istarska kapljica), a testament to the region's rich viticultural heritage.

Return to Kaštelir via the idyllic village of Rogovići, where the rare taste of pumpkin oil awaits at Irvin Kocijančić's family farm, challenging preconceptions of Istrian tastes with each delightful drop.

Time for lunch

As the day draws to a close, treat yourself to a culinary feast at Restaurant Toni, indulging in the flavours of Istrian and Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients. Alternatively, savour the rustic charm of Tavern Žardin, where an array of culinary delights awaits, from succulent Istrian prosciutto, truffles, to homemade pasta.

A gift for home

Before bidding farewell to this gastronomic haven, don't forget to take a piece of Kaštelir-Labinci home with you. Discover the treasures of Monte Formento olive oil tasting room in Kovači, where the Grebac family invites you to sample the finest offerings from their century-old olive groves.

Delight in the exceptional wines of Cossetto winery, nestled amidst the scenic vistas overlooking the western coast of Istria, or immerse yourself in the flavours of the Čehić family farm, where Ana Čehić's passion for hospitality shines through in every bite.

Where to sleep

As the day fades into night, retire to the tranquility of Natura Camp Karli in Krančići, a rustic oasis nestled in the embrace of nature, offering wooden houses and a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Indulge your senses, tantalize your taste buds, and embark on a culinary journey through the flavours of Kaštelir-Labinci, where each bite tells a story of tradition, passion, and the rich tapestry of Istrian gastronomy.


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