Welcome St. Martin, we cannot wait to taste the new wine

The legend says that Martin was a Roman legionnaire and wine admirer, and that is the reason for him to be the Patron of vine growers. It is celebrated on 11 November, and since it falls on Monday this year, many festivities in honour of St. Martin are organised during the weekend.

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The feast in honour of St. Martin is celebrated all over Europe. On that day in Croatia, especially in its northern part, the tradition is to “baptise the new wine.” It is a great festival because during the ceremony the grape must turns into young wine. It is also a great day for the vine growers because it marks the end of the works in the field. The legend says that Martin was a Roman legionnaire and wine admirer and that is the reason for him to be the patron of vine growers. It is celebrated on 11 November, and since it falls on Monday this year, many festivities in honour of St. Martin are organised during the weekend.


At places where St. Martin is the Patron, great traditional outdoors festivities are organised. Martinje (St. Martin’s celebration) at Dugo Selo, a wine and cultural and entertainment event, runs from 2 to 9 November. Martinje is held at Martin Breg along the city cellar and vineyard, in the immediate vicinity of St. Martin Church. Winemakers from Dugo Selo bring their wine for “baptising,” and visitors can taste new wines and “vineyard sausages,” which is the traditional cuisine.


Except outdoors, high Martinje parties are made in restaurants as well. As part of the Terme Tuhelj, the baroque Mihanović Castle boasts a representative restaurant. It dates back to the 18th century when it was built by Erdödy Counts. Today, the a la carte restaurant offers a rich menu of traditional and national dishes, and on 9 November, they have a real Martinje festivity with the must baptising ceremony

Castle Mihanović. Photo: Davor Višnjić/PIXSELL

On that evening, they will serve the royal starter consisting of crackling pate and a delicious sausage, mace squash soup, followed by an à la Martin Feast – roast duck with honey and baked dumplings, pork chops in wine sauce with donuts with bacon, and for the end the Royal strudel.

- The menu per person is HRK 130. The Martinje celebrations are our tradition and people love them – we were told at the Mihanović Castle.

Castle Mihanović. Photo: Davor Višnjić/PIXSELL

The Klet Kozjak, a restaurant overlooking the Zagorje forests also prepares a real feast on 9 November.

- The Bishop is coming, tambura players will play and it will be a real party. The menu will consist of Zagorje slices, soup, roast goose, blood sausage, roast meat, stewed cabbage – we were told at the Kleti Kozjak.

Their abundant and high quality dishes that have preserved the essence of the local traditional food will make you come back again to this magical place.

Klet Kozjak. Photo: Slavko Midžor/PIXSELL

The Terbotz Restaurant in Štrigova also organises a festivity for 9 November. It is located in hilly Međimurje, in a beautifully restored building older than two centuries where you will find peace, a fireplace with live fire and a terrace overlooking the vineyards of the Jakopić family whose wines you will relish while you dine.

- The Bishop is coming this year as well, we are having homemade blood sausage, duck, pork. It will be a real party because we will have live music as well – they told us at the restaurant.

Terbotz. Photo: Vjeran Zganec Rogulja/Pixsell



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