The Roots of Zinfandel


First wine-event in Split, Croatia that features wineries from California and Croatia, sponsored by the organization.

April 30 - May 5, 2017

6 Days / 5 Nights in Split, Croatia

$2,699 per person

3-Night Post Conference Package to Istria Wine Country

Hosted by winemakers and growers from...


Participating Croatian winemakers from
Bibic, Milos, Vuina, Stimic, and Bastijana


Call (800) 367-5348 and speak with a Food & Wine Trails Travel Consultant

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) is launching a fascinating opportunity for wine lovers to taste and travel through the ancestral home of Zinfandel with some of California’s most famous Zinfandel producers and their Croatian counterparts. 
A connection between Californian and Croatian wines was established in 2001 when scientists at the University of California, Davis, traveled to Croatia and worked with scientists at the University of Zagreb. They confirmed a link between the genes of California Zinfandel and vineyards near the city of Split, Croatia. This brought the wine-world’s attention to a country that until then was more celebrated for its breathtaking beaches, medieval walled-cities and stunning azure seas. 
The Roots of Zinfandel is the first tasting and travel program to bring Californian and Croatian wine producers together with wine enthusiasts. The breathtaking Dalmatia coastline will serve as the backdrop for travelers to find their own private island or hidden cove, explore a rich culture and historical sites, relax on the beach, and indulge in the mouth-watering local cuisine with wines to match. 
The five-day program will be based in Split at the Le Méridien Hotel, just a stone's throw from Split, the hotel's unique setting offers the perfect starting point from which to explore.  The program’s first two days is a conference based at the hotel that features a winemaker reception, panel discussion, and the opportunity to taste and compare California and Croatia Zinfandel with producing winemakers.
Then for the next three days you’ll enjoy a series of field-trips and winery visits to surrounding islands and country-side, with each day featuring conversations with Croatian winemakers and sommeliers, lunches, dinners and great sightseeing.

And, the best part! You’ll be traveling with fellow wine lovers who share a passion for Zinfandel and want to explore the world of wine in a whole new way. This incredible journey promises new adventures as we explore the history, gorgeous landscape and wines of Croatia! It’s also the perfect opportunity to make lifelong memories and new friends.


  • Hosted by ZAP Vintners from Ravenswood, Ridge Vineyards, McNab Ridge, ArteZin, and Grgich Hills Estate
  • Escorted by ZAP Executive Director Rebecca Robinson and Food & Wine Trails Founder Larry Martin
  • Participate in historical first, side-by-side tasting of California and Dalmatian Wines
  • Taste top-rated Zinfandels with top California and Dalmatian winemakers
  • Enjoy wine focused events including a reception, wine-paired meals and casual get-togethers
  • Ferry ride to beautiful island of Brac for winery visit and lunch
  • Tour Kastela wine region for lunch at famed Babic Winery
  • Boat tour to see charming town of Skradin and swim at nearby waterfalls
  • See Diocletian Palace - setting of Game of Thrones TV series with farewell rooftop wine dinner
  • Optional post-tour package to Istria - more to come



Joel Peterson, Ravenswood

David Gates, Ridge Vineyards

Rich Parducci
McNab Ridge Vineyards

Randle Johnson, ArteZin

Ivo Jeramaz, Grgich Hills Estate


  • 5-Nights hotel accommodations at the Le Méridien Split, Croatia
  • 3- Full day tours to wineries, restaurants, and places of interest
  • Local English-speaking guides who specialize in wine and food
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 5 Lunches and dinners as outlined in itinerary
  • Tasting and entrance fees 
  • Local taxes


  • Roundtrip air to Croatia
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional post tour package to Istria 
  • Meals and beverages not included in itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage
  • Hotel city tax of 7 HRK per person per night
  • All items of a personal nature