SEPTEMBER IN LABIN AND RABAC

Labin area wine road

Pay a visit to one of the numerous family-run wine estates set in the picturesque countryside of Labin area and enjoy the tastes of top-class wines. This wine road offers sun gifts wrapped in drops of awarded wines Calypsa Histria and Calypsa Nera, made by Goran Baćac and his family, who have been involved in winemaking for 75 years now. At Romeo Licul’s estate in Sveta Nedelja try the queen of Istrian vineyards-the Malvasia. Move on the next stop on your wine tasting route and head to home atmosphere at konoba (wine cellar in the local dialect) of Doriano Licul in Brgod. More than hundred years old sorts of wine are waiting for you at konoba Markus located in Ripenda Breg. San Martino Vineyards from Sveti Martin ‘refreshed’ their 2010 Merlot and Malvasia with a new label and a larger packing. All these wines as well as unique ceramic wine jugs are available at Butega souvenir shop in Labin Old town.

Goran Baćac, 16 Kukurini, Pićan, tel: +385 (0)52 869-090, e-mail: gbacac@net.hr

Romeo Licul, 67 Sv. Nedelja, Sveta Nedelja, tel: +385 (0)52 865-401

San Martino Vineyards, 105 Dubrova, Labin, tel: +385 (0)52 851 912, e-mail: info@vinosanmartino.com

Doriano Licul, 40 Brgod, Raša, tel: +385 (0)52 875-063, mobile: +385 (0)91 1337-408

Dino Knapić, Markus restaurant and pension, 36A Ripenda Breg, tel: +385 (0)52 856-903, www.markus.hr

Butega souvenir shop, Labin Old town, 1 Paolo Sfeci, tel: +385 (0)97 751-7782. Opening hours 9-21

Rabac Regatta September 22. – 23. 9.

Enjoy the first day of autumn with colourful sails at Rabac bay. Tradition of the first Rabac Regatta dates back to 1973 when it was one of the widest and most popular regattas for class Optimist on the Adriatic. Returning to the former glory of exciting races of white sails, the local sailing club Kvarner Rabac organizes Rabac Regatta for classes Optimist, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial, which will count for the Istrian county Championship. More info available from:
Sailing Club Kvarner Rabac, www.jkkvarner.hr, e-mail: jkkvarner.rabac@gmail.com mobile: +385 (0)98 234 667

Work out your goddess figure

Shine in your new working year with your improved figure with the help of recreational exercises from Sentona bio well center at Mediteran hotel in Rabac. Try the morning antistress Pilates under an enchanting scent of magnolia tree or the evening dynamic night boxing with excellent music and tons of laughs. For maintaining your body beauty use natural cosmetics rich with local essential oils of lavender, rosemary and bay laurel. Highlight the beauty of your new look with Sentona’s Spirit authentic hand made olive tree jewelry dedicated to the local goddess of Sentona.
Sentona Bio Well Massage & Beauty Center, Hotel Mediteran, Rabac bb, Rabac, tel: +385 (0)99 794 58 68, +385 (0)91 118 47 29, e-mail: biowell.sentona@hotmail.com

Brovinjski hlebić- fig cake with sage and pine nuts

Juicy grandma’s figs used to be the last taste of summer announcing the beginning of the new school year. Nowadays the old Istrian tradition of drying this nutritious and healthy fruit can be tasted in a delicious fig cake called Brovinjski hlebić made at Damir Dobrić’s family farm. Between drywalls and native vine plants there are fig tress growing in a small village of Brovinje, where the member of Dobrić family pick figs and use them to make a traditional Brovinjski hlebić-fig cake with sage and pine nuts, and a delicious fig brandy. Thanks to their quality and traditional value these authentic produce are labeled as Sentona’s original souvenirs- Labin area quality mark. Dried figs are part of breakfast at Rabac’s Valamar Sanfior and Maslinica Hotels & Resorts healthy tables.

Damir Dobrić family farm, 35 Brovinje, 52222 Koromačno, tel: +385 (0)91 2022-027, e-mail: lavandadobric@gmail.com

Forest goddess

Sentona, Labin’s saint patroness of travelers, brings you healthy and local autumn yields on your favorite pizzas at pizzeria Napoli in Labin Old town. Autumn in Labin area is the time of truffle hunting and magical scents of all sorts of mushrooms. From the secluded and mystical forest the goddess Sentona brings you the ingredients for a delicious ‘Forest goddess’ pizza, with tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, truffles and olives. Try the other Sentona’s gifts in three more kinds of pizza: Sea goddess, Veggie goddess and Mountain goddess. With the view overlooking the forested tracts of Sentona’s Labin-Rabac trail and the mystical Old town these tastes will take you to an unforgettable gastronomic journey.
Pizzeria Napoli, 7 Titov trg, Labin, tel: +385 (0)52 852-261, www.pizzeria-napoli.hr, e-mail: info@pizzeria-napoli.hr

Sentona detox massage

Relax and prepare your body for autumn with a new specially designed detox massage dedicated to Sentona goddess from ‘Mendi’ massage studio at Albona hotel in Rabac. With the view overlooking the Kvarner bay and autumn sea scents, feel the delight of peeling with olive oil, sea salt, sage honey and lavender essential oil. This 80- minute relaxing ritual is followed by a massage, with olive oil and essential oils of rosemary, lavender and sage. Treat yourself with the best in a special wellness-energy ritual which will give you the strength for all autumn challenges.

‘Mendi’ massage studio, manager: Biserka Mendiković, contact: +385 (0)95 806-3556,
e-mail: mendi@pu.t-com.hr

Albona Hotel & Residence Rabac***, Rabac bb, contact: +385 (0)52 862-530, reservation center: +385 (0)52 465-200, reservations e-mail: reservations@valamar.com