The Meneghetti Winery and Wine Hotel is a hidden gem that unveils the richness of Croatian wine culture through luxury, history, and a deep-rooted passion for winemaking.For wine and travel enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary experience, this remarkable estate offers the seamless fusion of rustic charm and refined elegance that we’ve come to expect from a Relais & Chateaux property.
As you stroll up the long driveway, you’re instantly captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of the Istrian countryside.
The sight of orderly rows of vines stretching towards the horizon, complemented by numerous olive trees with short trunks and vast crowns, offers a sense of serenity that sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.
The Meneghetti family purchased the property in the 19th century and established a small vineyard. Over the decades, the estate went through various changes, however it wasn’t until the late 20th century that it underwent significant transformation. In the early 1990s, a visionary group of entrepreneurs and wine enthusiasts acquired the land with one common goal – to elevate the region’s winemaking and hospitality scene to international standards.
Spread over an expanse of lush greenery, the Meneghetti grounds are ample, encompassing approximately 120 hectares. The Istrian region’s unique climate, characterized by warm days and cool nights influenced by the nearby Adriatic Sea, creates the ideal conditions for cultivating high-quality grapes.
This setting also makes the perfect backdrop for their latest addition, an open-air exhibition of contemporary art sculptures.
The first show is titled “Lupines” and features several striking sculptures by Belgian contemporary artist Arne Quinze throughout the property that will be on display through to December of 2024.
Centred amongst its vines, the Meneghetti Wine Hotel is an architectural marvel. A restored farmhouse made of Istrian white stone, it seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary aesthetics. The 58-room boutique hotel’s design exudes an air of timeless sophistication, and its luxurious amenities promise an intimate and indulgent stay. Each guest room is thoughtfully curated, reflecting a harmonious balance of modern comforts and vintage elegance.
For those seeking ultimate privacy and exclusivity, Meneghetti also offers charming private villas bordering the vineyards.
Beyond the enchanting rooms, the hotel’s spa is a sanctuary of serenity. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding nature, the spa offers a range of treatments using locally sourced ingredients. From rejuvenating massages to invigorating body scrubs, guests can indulge in a sensory journey that complements their overall wine and travel experience.
For oenophiles, guided tours of the vineyards and cellars offer a glimpse into the winemaking process from grape to bottle. The estate’s experienced sommeliers take guests on a voyage through the diverse wine portfolio, sharing the stories behind each vintage and offering expert pairings with local delicacies.
The wine tastings can be tailored to individual preferences, whether one desires to explore specific grape varieties or indulge in a vertical tasting of aged wines. These experiences deepen one’s appreciation for the craftsmanship and passion that goes into each bottle produced at Meneghetti.
Gastronomy is also an integral part of the overall journey at Meneghetti as we learned from the lovely long lunch we were lucky enough to experience. The estate’s gourmet restaurant, aptly named “Damir & Ornella,” pays homage to the visionary founders and their passion for authentic cuisine.
The culinary philosophy here is rooted in the “farm-to-table” philosophy, where ingredients are sourced from the estate’s own gardens and nearby farms. This commitment to sustainability and freshness elevates each dish to a delicious masterpiece. As you savor the delectable creations, expertly paired with Meneghetti wines and their range of olive oils, your taste buds will embark on a journey of discovery, revealing the unique flavors of Istria.
With its storied history, lush vineyards, luxurious accommodation, and unparalleled culinary experiences, Meneghetti beautifully demonstrates the rich wine culture that thrives in Croatia. Whether you are a wine enthusiast, a gastronome, or a traveler seeking an extraordinary escape, Meneghetti promises an experience that will standout amongst anything you might do in Istria. We have had the privilege of exploring numerous wineries and hotels around the world, but few have left such a lasting impression.
So, raise your glass, savor the wines, and immerse yourself in the elegance of Meneghetti – a treasure trove of the finest Croatian hospitality.
Stancija Meneghetti 1,
52211 Bale, Istria, Croatia
T: +385 52 528 800