The Graševina Path

Description:

Lenght: 19.2km
Height difference: 306m
Ground: asphalt and macadam
Difficulty: 2/3
Time needed: 2h

Tour description:

This path is partly asphalted, party a macadam following the wine roads of Kutjevo and connects some of the most important wineries in this area. The path goes from Kutjevo, the crossroads of Cvjetna and Republika Hrvatska Street in the vicinity of the castle in Kutjevo. We start in Cvjetna Street turn left at the end, then right and contunue along towards Mitrovac and Venje on a macadam road. In Venje we turn onto the main road left, and then on the first diversion right towards Hrnjevac. After coming in Hrnjevac we turn left on the macadam road and then on the corner of the vineyard we turn left towards Lukač and Vetovo. In Vetovo we turn left on the macadam road connected to the Velika-Kutjevo road. We come to Kutjevo, turn left at the petrol station. Go past the castle, turn left over the bridge. Right over the bridge we turn left, the next right through the forest to a gazebo at Vinkomir which offers a wonderful view over the vine slopes on the south. The path goes through vineyards, we turn left and end up in the very centre of Kutjevo.

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Lat: 45.427564, Long: 17.843857 ili
N 45st 25’ 39.23”, E 17st 50’ 38.884”
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Music used in video:
God Is An Astronaut - Route 666
(Revive Records 2002.)

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Near monuments

Jesuitical Castle in Kutjevo

The history of Kutjevo is more than seven and a half centuries old, since the 13.century when cistercians came and founded a monastery. In medieval documents the name Gotho is mentioned, rather than Kothoa.
Today's castle is a part of the former jesuitical complex which included the monastery church, the residence (it was the castle later), out-houses and gardens. The castle was built on the remains of the cistercian abbey and got well preserved and famous wine cellars in possession . They had been built by Jesuits in the first half of the 18th century, it changed it appearance and owners in time. The castle has got three wings that close the inner yard, whereas the fourth side is the church itself. There are numerous remains of the medieval walls in the south wing. The west wing connecting the church with the castle was built recently. There is also a smaller wing on the east side, so the whole complex all together almost close the inner yard. The central spire, famous for it picturesque roof in the shape of a bulb, dominates over the whole complex. The church and the residence is surrounded by the park from the 19th century that emphasizes the residential feature of the castle. .

Wine Cellar in Kutjevo

From the former Jesuitical residence which included the church, out-houses and gardens, the famous wine cellar only remained. The wine cellar is the oldest in Croatia and has the tradition of almost 800 years. It came into existence by construction of the cistercian cellar in 1232. which is even today one of the symbols of Croatian continenetal wine culture. There is a legend connected to it, about a secret love affair between the empress Maria Theresia and baron Trenk. They had allegedly met at night and would spend up to seven days together in the cellar without coming out. Throughout history the conquerors and owners have changed but the wine tradition has been kept till now, which is confirmed in numerous medals and certificates.

Gazebo Vinkomir

The area around Vinkomir has been the best place for vine cultivation for centuries. Back then when Turković family owned the property, it was one of the most advanced in Croatia. Vine-growing and wine production was the most developed and the most lucrative branch on the property. Zdenko Turković, a world-famous wine expert, had it built in Vinkomir. The building is an imitation of a watchtower from the times of the Ottomans and offers the visitors a unique view over the Golden Valley.

The Church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In 1232. in Kutjevo the Croatian-hungarian king Andrew II had sent cistercians to found a monastery-abbey. After their arrival they built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in gothic style. During the Ottoman rule the church was destroyed and not renovated until the 18. century by Jesuits in a baroque style. The new church came into existence as a baroque interpretation of the medieval cistercian church. Therefore, the church in Kutjevo shows the full meaning and value of this cistercian architecture, withour the original one being preserved. Today's church with its park, gardens and the castle makes a unique monumental heritage. .
There are as many as 12 objects protected as valuable examples of art. The picture of the Miraculous Lady of Kutjevo or Mary with a Child from the 16. century is worth mentioning as a very rare late rennessaince monument. The medieval church in Kutjevo represents a special place in the Croatian heritage and is the key of the gothic architecture in Slavonia.

Medieval Town Kaptol

Right in the centre of Kaptol, founded by Pečuj diocese there is a medieval fortress. It is the landmark of Kaptol and one of the biggest and best preserved monuments left. The fortress was devastated, rebuilt and changed its aim in the past. The hexagonal fortress with round half-towers and a square entrance was built in a renaissance way and was surrounded by a ditch filled with water. The remains today are a part of the church property of St. Peter's Zborni Kaptol, and inside the fortress there was evidence of the former gothic church. Inside the northern wall, in the 18.century, a partly preserved baroque church of St. George with a bell-tower was built. In the 19. century after its owner had changed, the church was converted into granary. The fortress was conquered by the Ottomans, and was even the residence of the conqueror Dizdar-aga. Today this fortress represents one of the best preserved fortresses from the pre-Ottoman time, it has been renovated and is on its way to be brought back to life by the diocese of Požega.

Sightseeing and tourism

Restaurant – Inn „Ribarska kuća“

Ribarska kuća stands for a traditional family catering for longer than half a century. Among the traditional specialties typical for Slavonia, fresh-water fish as well as salt-water fish is served fresh on daily basis, as well as traditional home-made desserts. You can also try calamaris filled with ham and cheese as the ideal mixture of slavonic and dalmatian cuisine. Only the best quality wines from this area are offered..

OPG Majetić

Wine producer Petar Majetić in Venje has an excursion site with a Wine house, cellar as well as wine tasting. There are only home-made products offered. The wine house offers 13 different kinds of cheeses, kulen (a paprika-flavored salami) from one of best producers of kulen in this area Vjenceslav Hruška, a meat from a native black hog. In a very pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy home-made specialties and dishes from under a lid made according to old recepies. You can spend the night in ten double rooms called after varieties of wine offered at Vinska kuća Majetić, like Graševina, Rajnski riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot. Also children can enjoy the private playground.

Schön Blick Restaurant

The restaurant in Vetovo has a long-standing tradition of preparing specialties from Slavonia. Beside the rich offer of slavonic food, all kinds of fresh-water fish, game, a la carte dishes, grill dishes, there is also a great variety of wines from vineyards around Kutjevo at one's disposal. The specialty of the house is „A Drunk Carp“. There are also quarters for the night in five bungalows with a terrace above the lake. Additional places of interest are two tennis courts for both playing during the day or at night, volleyball pitch and football ground, and for the youngest guests there is a mini zoo. Visitors can enjoy and take a rest actively by three small lakes, on a riding track, a wandering path or riding a bike through vineyards. The Tourist Association of the Požeško-slavonska county conducted a project called „A Green Flower“ in 2011. and this restaurant was chosen as the best arranged tour destination in the area.

Restaurant Kutjevački podrum

The resturant is in the vicinity of the famous wine cellar in Kutjevo. The rich gastronomical offer includes game specialties, grilled dishes, on the spit and under a lid, home-made bread and cakes. Among the best known are the „Kutjevo steak“ and „Vineyard ćevap“. All meals are prepared with daily fresh ingredients from Slavonia in a traditional way. Beside the variety of food, for all wine lovers there is also a variety of high quality wines made by Kutjevo d.d.

Krauthaker wines

In the Krauthaker wine cellar all sorts of grapes – from the Late harvest to the Dry berry selection - are maintained, matured and transformed into wine. Thanks to the suitable climate and soil the world-famous grape sorts can be cultivated as well. The vineyards are situated on the 45,3 parallel heading west connects the world famous wine areas like Piemont, Val du Rhone, Bordeaux and Oregon. As many as 25 different quality wines are produced by Krauthaker. For the soil cultivation and vineyards the hundred-year-old techniques have been used. The wines are world-famous and their quality is sealed by numerous medals and certificates of the trade.
The most awarded is Graševina, also Chardonnay from Mitrovac is worth mentioning especially as the gold medal winner on the competition Chardonnay du Monde in 2002., and the Sauvignon from 2005. was chosen as the only Croatian wine served in the first class on Lufthansa flights.

Enjingi Winery

The family tradition has existed since 1890. when the first vine was planted on the slopes of Krndija by Koloman Enjingi in Hrnjevac. Love for wine and other secrets of the trade have been carried over generations till today. Ivan Enjingi put an end to the traditonal way of selling wine in barrels and started with bottled wine. All wines in his cellar come from ecological production since they haven't been treated and grow naturally. You can also order wines online via their webshop. The best sorts are a high quality Graševina, Bijeli i crni kupaži Venje, Chardoanny and Zweigelt. The vineyards have been cultivated on the sunny, south slopes of Krndija and have been approximately 15 years old, whereas there are some up to 35 years old but very well kept. Beside the wine tasting, traditional dishes from Slavonia and home-made bread, Enjingi offers accommodation in a considerable amount of appartments and rooms. The place is well suited for the organisation of conferences, gatherings and relaxed weekends with family and friends. It also offers sightseeing of vineyards and cellars, wandering through the natural park Papuk, cycling, and relaxing with the local tamburitza players. .

Galić Winery

The family passes the wine tradition for generations, and the wines produced were made mostly for their own purposes. It grew into a serious business. Since the vineyard property belongs to them, this company cultivates vine using the latest knowledge about soil and sorts using the most advanced equipment and technology. They cover most of the property (80%) out of 25 hectars with graševina. The rest of the sorts are: Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot, Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot. The natural balance of the relief and climate and a great amount of efforts give high quality vine and wine.

Turistička zajednica Požeško-slavonske županije. Turistička zajednica Hrvatske