Split has had several wine bars opened in the past few years but all with limited success. Not sure if it was for poor advertising, lack of real enthusiasm behind it or maybe something else, but it never really worked out: there was never a place that would make one go back and learn about wines while sipping something never tasted before.
So, I was obviously interested when I heard that there was a new place in town: Klub gurmana i hedonista. It got even more interesting once I realized it was owned by my old acquaintance Mr. Igor Beros who runs a delicacy delivery service called Domeniko.
Igor has been in wine business for a while promoting and selling some of the finest stuff available in Croatia. Everything from smoked tuna ham to sage and carob brandy. He also has a very interesting list of exceptional local wines from all regions of Croatia. Igor has been focusing on promoting and selling mostly products from Dalmatia and that immediately is a big plus. I did not know of him opening the wine bar so, when my friend Robert sent me his flyer and asked me to go and visit, I said “yes” right away. And Igor did not dissapoint.
The Klub gurmana i hedonista is located in the historic Split neighborhood of Radunica and an easy 5-10 min walk from Riva and Diocletian’s Palace. Housed in a traditional stone building, it makes a very nice setting for an introduction to Dalmatian wines or just a nice place to buy a great gift for someone you care about.
The selection of wines is quite extensive and covers nearly all the best wines from all wine growing regions of Croatia. Igor also offers a lovely selections of local sparkling wines that he is particularly passionate about. Some of the classics have received a bit better exposure being placed in special, custom designed, cast-iron stands.
For me, the cast iron elements are a bit too much but overall, the place is very nicely organized and spotless clean.
I am mostly interested in cooperating as I was looking for a nice wine bar for a while now as I wanted to offer clients a relatively inexpensive wine tasting introduction in Dalmatian wines without taking them too far from Split. Untill now, my only options were to go to Skradin or Hvar. It is also great that Igor offers several types of wine tastings paired with various delicacies and all that can be paired to specific wines.
And Igor is not afraid to take his guitar off the wall and accompany the wine tasting with some authentic Dalmatian songs 🙂
Here is his web site with more information: https://fullbusiness.com/tvrtka/domeniko.htm