The members of the Rotaract club Osijek celebrated this October the ‘coming of age’ of their project ‘Wine Roads of Slavonija and Baranja’. This event has become a traditional beginning of the Rotarian year and a great opportunity to gather the ‘rotaracters’ of the whole District 1913. Also, it is a way to make the most of those last rays of sun – drinking wine, enjoying the company and savoring the unique landscape.
This year we organized a one-day trip to the Đakovo vineyards with around fifty participants, members of Croatian Rotaract clubs, friends from Novi Sad and Stockholm as well as members of our own Osijek Rotary clubs that supported us every year.
Following the paths of Queen Elizabeth II, we set off to visit the national Lipizzannians’ stables, one of the oldest in Europe, and continued our visit to the Đakovo cathedral, marked as “the most beautiful church between Venice and Istanbul” by Pope John XXIII. Then we descended into historical Bishop’s Palace wine cellars, got to know the basics of this region’s winemaking and tasted some of their best wine.
The next station was the Ivandvor summerhouse, another location of Lipizzannians’ stables, where we had lunch. Ivandvor was declared as culturally significant site for the Republic of Croatia because of its importance and beauty. Here we enjoyed the scenes of beautiful Lipizzaners running free in the Slavonian countryside.
Later we visited the Đakovo Winery in Mandićevac – the largest wine producer of the whole Đakovo vineyard region. Here we learned all the details about wine production and tasted some of the wines they are most proud of.
The last station was in Osijek: a dinner on a Drava river boat with local musicians, wine and a view of the beautiful wire bridge proved to be an excellent way to end this full and happy day.