Belaj is an almost unreal place in Istria, which is best known for its fairytale castle and its endless native vineyards. The first record of Belaj appears as early as the 11th century, while the castle was founded in 1575 by a wealthy noble Barbo family. Its unique position and imposing size throughout history has made Belaj a center for the administration of the region. Today, due to its beauty and historical importance, Belaj is a registered historical heritage of Croatia, which every year attracts many lovers of history, untouched nature, as well as lovers of Istrian wine and local cuisine.The spectacular castle surrounded by perfectly maintained vineyards that stretch over 12 hectares is reminiscent of Tuscan regions. Winemaking is woven into every part of the rich history of the castle because, namely, it is the only estate in Croatia where winemaking and the castle originated and have been developing together for over 5 centuries.Head to Belaj and enjoy the liquid magic obtained from hand-picked grapes on the property itself, from vines planted back in 1964. On top of all that, the Castle Belaj estate serves as a location for wonderful private and corporate events and boasts its own restaurant offering local cuisine in a modern design.
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