D’Vino Wine Bar
Palmotićeva 4a, Dubrovnik, Croatia
+385 (0)203211230, dvino.net
The Pitch Dubrovnik’s old town has its fair share of places to get a drink. It also has more than its fair share of cruise ship passengers who take over the town for hours during the day in high season making prime real estate out of most terrace seating and drink prices an exercise in inflation. While D’Vino is centrally located, on a side street just off the Old Town’s main drag, the Stradun, and frequented by tourists, it’s the kind of place that needs seeking out, so those who go are making an effort and looking for an experience. The staff are appreciative of this and return the effort in kind by stocking their bar with more than 100 varieties of wine from across the country and serving it with not only smiles but educated and convivial conversation. A thorough wine list, of which more than three-quarters is available by the glass, is made easier to work through via tasting flights. (If you’re travelling with a larger group, say six or eight, call ahead to arrange a private tasting.) Food is also available to pair with select vintages. The space is intimate but not crowded, the place tucked away but not hard to find. D’Vino is the sort of spot that encourages regulars, even if you’re only a resident of the town for two or three days.
What We Love The food pairings. Staff here know what they’re doing — they keep things simple, while still incredibly delicious, so that the wines shine. A glass of premium graševina from Slavonia was paired with goat’s cheese, mango chutney and ginger. I’m still dreaming about it. Antipasto and cheese platters are meticulously curated and generously layered. Snack until you’re full; it beats the multitude of tourist traps around the corner on the Stradun.
Don’t Miss The opportunity to bring home a souvenir to be savoured. Croatia’s winemakers don’t produce large enough yields to export their vintages, so it’s extremely unlikely you find these bottles back home. D’Vino also makes a point to collect hard-to-find labels and special productions. Every bottle in the place is for sale, and if you buy one to open at home, you get 20% off.
Wine by the glass from 25 kn