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Gastronomy on the Peljesac peninsula

Peninsula is located in the middle part of the Adriatic, which is the richest in fish, so local restaurants offers a great selection of fresh fish and seafood. Ston, with its bay full of oysters is one of the most famous towns in the region, and well-known gastronomic center in Croatia. The peninsula is one of the most important Adriatic regions when it comes to the cultivation of wine; primarily known for its excellent red wines, although it has a great dry white wines. Restaurants are focused on traditional cuisine, although in some restaurants you can find experiments with a kitchen where the modern European cuisine is intertwined with domestic Croatian. That kind of cuisine you can find in the better restaurants in Ston, and in some excellent wine tasting bars.

 
Gastronomy on the Peljesac peninsula
 

Fresh white fish, usually baked, forms the basis of the local cuisine. Also very popular is octopus salad, stuffed roast or squid, crabs and lobsters that are found on almost every menu. Numerous shells and crabs cooked in a sauce (in wine, garlic and tomatoes) are one of the specialties. However, the peninsula is best known for its shellfish, especially mussels and oysters, which are collected in the Gulf of Mali Ston where you can find numerous excellent restaurants serving these specialties. Oysters from Ston are traditionally eaten raw with lemon juice and a piece of bread, although more often served in a variety of ways: fried in breadcrumbs, baked in the oven, on the pan or simple as a base soup of oysters. A particular specialty of the peninsula is the salted roe, omelet of mullet which can be found along the coast of the Loviste village. This is not a specialty that you will find in every restaurant on the peninsula, but it still can be found in some exclusive restaurants and taverns. On the Peljesac peninsula is produced a large amount of olive oil, and most of the production consists of small family businesses.

Vineyards cover a large area on the peninsula, starting from Ston all the way to the northwestern part of the boundary area of Orebic. The vineyards are located on the fertile soil that stretches on the southern coast of the peninsula. While on the Peljesac peninsula successfully is growing white Rukatac, velvety red wine Plavac Mali is the most famous product. This red wine has rich, full and fruity taste with a high tannin and a relatively high level of alcohol (about 13-15%). These wines from the southern shore are so specific that they are among the first Croatian wines that are named for the exact village of origin, for instance famous wines Dingac and Postup. These two small settlements are located close to the coast, just east of Orebic.

Wine tourism is increasingly popular type of tourism on the peninsula. Peljesac is an ideal place where you can visit the winery, taste the wines, and then eventually buy. An increasing number of wineries on the peninsula, such as Korta Katarina and Saints Hills, are open to visitors, and there you can taste and buy wines. The village of Potomje is full of small, family wineries that sell their products in small shops or on farms in the summer season along the road

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