The Roots of Zinfandel


For Members of AIWF

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


Your host from AIWF—

Frank &  Elissa Giaimo
National Chair
American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF)


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

Dear AIWF Members,

As we look to expand our AIWF travel offerings, we discovered a unique trip with our friends at ZAP:  The Roots of Zinfandel in Croatia! The reason I love this trip is that its blend of wine & food education and fun experience, speaks to the core of the AIWF. We will have the opportunity to learn about the history, styles and expression of the zinfandel grape from its iconic winemakers themselves- both new and old world. We will experience not only this first-ever zinfandel symposium but the chance to explore the region’s other wines, cuisine and sights. I am especially excited about the Istrian add-on and the chance to experience the wines and food of this increasingly popular region, once a part of Italy. So please join me, ZAP and these winemaking giants on this land-based excursion to Croatia and beyond.

*As an AIWF Member, the usual ZAP membership fee has been waived if you register using this special AIWF REGISTRATION FORM.

Frank Giaimo
National Chair
American Institute of Wine & Food


  • Hosted by ZAP Vintners from Ravenswood, Ridge Vineyards, McNab Ridge, ArteZin, and Grgich Hills Estate
  • Escorted by ZAP Executive Director Rebecca Robinson and F&WT President 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 4-star Radisson Blu Resort in 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