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  Posted Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:08pm by Zen Recreations

Why step into some over-trodden western Euro destination?

Escape the boring wine list and jump in line fast for a chance to preview the year’s First Sip from Plantaže! This Euro trip will be at the top of your wine touring list for years to come, as this large, award-winning vintner produces exceptional wines (both red and white) and has a few very special preview tastes available nowhere else on Earth.

(The fact that the beaches are amazing is, of course, secondary.)

The Plantaže vineyards are extensive – amongst the largest in Europe – and extremely productive, yielding some of the largest exports in the region. Perched at almost the same latitude as Rome, Plantaže is in the heart of Montenegro, a short hop east of Italy and a stone’s throw (a few miles) from the sea. Some top destination beaches (well-reviewed and tourist-friendly) abound at nearby destinations like Herceg Novi and several beachy sweet-spots in and around Budva.

The area is blessed with perfect sun and soil for viticulture, with stony limestone-dominated soil, plentiful water and about 2500 hours of sun a year.

Assembled by a prosperous company and vineyard, the experience at Plantaže makes a superb destination, with tours through vineyards of gorgeous grapes and big facilities overflowing with local history and color. But best of all, the winery has put a huge effort into making wine tourist dreams come true in the tasting rooms and restaurants. This ‘best of the Balkans’ retreat has two highly regarded restaurants on site, ready to pair the best with the best. (You and your friends paired with the best food and wine, perhaps?)

A highlight of the First Sip trip is a tasting of Val, the company’s brand-leading and award-winning sparkling wine. Made with the champagne method, Val is regarded as “creamy, balanced and succulent” with fine pearls that linger.

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch it, unless I am thirsty.” ~ Lily Bollinger

First Sip also features a broad vertical tasting of their famous Vranac, one of the most coveted varietal reds. Considered a “top 100” European red and cultivated for about 800 years, Vranac has notably higher alcohol content and a very full body.

According to the company, Vranac “reminds of ripe sour cherries, dark forest fruit and prunes with sweet, spicy tones.”

Why step into some over-trodden western Euro destination? Take a little step east to Montenegro and enjoy something new! Lord Byron famously said, “At the moment of the creation of our planet, the most beautiful merging of land and sea occurred at the Montenegrin seaside… When the pearls of nature were sworn, an abundance of them were strewn all over this area.” The man wasn’t wrong…!

Check out our Montenegro Wine-making Tour

or Consider our Flavours of Montenegro Tour

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