Zinfandel, the grape made famous by Californian vineyards, has strong roots tied very closely to a grape that is within kilometers of our dedicated food & wine bar here in Split.
In the 2012 book “Wine Grapes Masters of Wine” – Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Swiss grape geneticist Dr. José Vouillamoz thoroughly investigated Zinfandel’s origins. After years of research and DNA testing of wines from vineyards across the globe, a single 90-year-old grapevine from the garden of an elderly lady in Split, Croatia, provided the evidence to show that Zinfandel was a Croatian grape.
Since opening in May 2013, we have acquired a reputation as one of Split’s best wine bars, and as a turning point in Split’s local dining scene. Zinfandel is a friendly and interactive environment to sample some top Croatian wines along with a passionate menu to complete the entire experience.
We have understood from the day we opened that we are part of the fabric of the city, and we have always embraced being quintessentially Dalmatian.
The restaurant, with a striking central bar and informal seating, is the perfect spot to enjoy our seasonal menu any time of the day or evening. Zinfandel is comfortable and relaxed, with seats for 60 people.
The menu is always focused on seasonal ingredients with regular changes according to the current season. We have a strong reputation for our red, blue or green, 3-tier platters, now serving a hot component on the top tier. Our À la carte menu focuses on quality ingredients, locally-sourced, cooked to perfection, with a modern twist on much-loved Dalmatian classics.
With over 100 bottled wines and an extensive range of 30 wines by the glass, we take particular pride in our wine selection. We encourage you to sample our wines and take advantage of our educated and professional staff. Zinfandel gives you the opportunity to learn about Croatia’s wine heritage and its influence on today’s world.
We believe wines should reflect their origin: from where the grapes are grown, to who has made the wine. Most of our wines are delivered straight from the vineyards. We have wines from Croatia’s most renowned estates, as well as exciting boutique winemakers. Whether a basic Plavac or a complex Dingač we always try to ensure that the wines we show reflect their respective ‘terroirs’. We take great care in selecting our wines and keep the selection fresh and interesting.