Business meeting of vintners, restaurateurs and hoteliers, held on February 17 2015 gathered more than 150 participants. The meeting was organized by Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Regional Development Agency DUNEA in order to better promote our wines and also to have better representation of our wines on the wine lists of our hotels and restaurants.

We also wanted to enable caterers to meet in one place wineries, discover new wines and incorporate them on their wine list. The meeting was closed for public, so that the participants can focus on the business negotiations.

- We are completely sure that the tourist offer in our county is incomplete and inadequate if we do not include the wines of the county in the offer as these wines are among the best wines in Croatia in general. These activities arise from the Strategy for the Development of viticulture and winemaking of Dubrovnik-Neretva County adopted by the County Council - said at the opening of the meeting Nikola Dobroslavić, Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Deputy Chairman of the Professional group of hoteliers and restaurateurs at CCE - Dubrovnik Chamber of Commerce Nikola Bogoje sent his words of praise and support to this initiative, as well as Jozo Rabušić, who in the name of vintners, pointed out that we are all systematically working on the product quality.

This meeting is part of the Dubrovnik FestiWine, the regional wine festival which the County and DUNEA organized for the second time this year in April. Vido Bogdanovic, from the Dubrovnik Partner agency, which is responsible for production of the festival, announced this year's events, wine week from 20 to 26 and the very wine exhibition on 24 and 25 of April.

The meeting hosted a total of 50 exhibitors, including six producers of traditional products. The intention of the organizers is for these business meetings to become a permanent event at the beginning of the year. 

On Saturady, January 24th 2015 in the hotel Royal Princess in Dubrovnik, on the initiatve of the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association a wine workshop has been held for the memebers of the Association, organized by the regional wine festival Dubrovnik FestiWine, Croatian Sommelier Club and Regional Developmet Agency DUNEA. Wine workshop has attened some 30 memebers of the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association.

On January 24 2015 in the Hotel Royal Princess Dubrovnik wine workshops for Tourist Guides Association "Dubrovnik" will be held. Workshop will introduce participants with viticulture and oenology in Croatia with focus on Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and they will also convey basics of producing white, red, rosé and sparkling wine.

Participants will learn tasting techniques on selection of regional wines. Workshop and tasting will be presented by Mr. Franjo Francem, renowned Croatian oenologist , one of the founders, vice-president and lecturer of Croatian Sommelier Club, and

Mr. Sandi Paris, main educator in Croatian Sommelier Club, four-times winner of national sommelier championship of Croatia who also participated in two European and two World championships organized in Vienna and Montreal.

Members of the Tourist Guides Association "Dubrovnik"expressed great interest for workshop like this and recognized the importance of knowing more about Croatian wines and acquiring possibility to share their knowledge with visitors of Croatia. Main purpose for tourist guides is to introduce visitors of Dubrovnik – Neretva County with history, culture and all beauties that it has and in which certainly belong ours vineyards and uniqueness of our wines.

Croatia sommelier club was founded in 1993 and since 1994 is a member of the Worldwide Sommelier Association (L’Association de la Sommellerie Internationale – ASI). Main purpose of Croatian Sommelier Club is the further development of the profession of sommeliers, increase awareness of the culture of food and drink and educate professionals and citizens . That implies promotion of Croatian viticulture and also present state of Croatia as tourist destination, F&B industry and wine sector. They manage that through competition and conference in worldwide sommelier association.

Croatia Sommelier Club achieves its goals through competition, professional and non-professional courses, lectures and study trips in Croatia and all over the world, group meetings and conferences, publication and other activities. Focus of Croatia Sommelier Club is education which results with a significant number of organized courses and workshops in different parts of Croatia.

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