Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery 5* Croatia
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery 5*
Stansija Menegeti 1, 522110 Bale
Relais & Châteaux
Date of Creation
October 1st. 2013
Hotel General Manager
Miroslav Plišo – Attorney at Law and managing senior partner in one of the most important Croatian law firms – Marković & Plišo, became one of the managing partners and Director of Development of Meneghetti in 2000. For the last 19 years he has been the visionary behind the project guiding the development stages. During these phases of the project, he oversaw the economic, financial and business model, as well as the architectural development and design of the estate. After completing the second phase of the project, he took over the role of the CEO focusing on product development and people management.
5-star luxury boutique hotel, member of Relais & Chateaux
Passion and talent to make nothing less than the best is set towards achieving another objective – to create an exceptional high-end resort, which will be inimitably grounded in the specific Istrian lifestyle and architecture, and will be a congregation of everything that the Meneghetti name stands for today: peace, serenity, privacy, sense of chosen seclusion from the rest of the world, connection with nature, superb wine and olive oil, superior gastronomy, a blend of tradition and elegance.
MENEGHETTI WINE HOTEL & WINERY 5*
History & Story
The history of Stancija Meneghetti began in 1813, when the Austrian Monarchy annexed the Croatian peninsula Istria. Thirty years later, it established its biggest military base in the Mediterranean in Porto Colone Bay adjacent to Stancija Meneghetti. Mr. Meneghetti (no one knows his first name), a clever man originally probably from the Venice area, started building stone houses, planting vineyards and olive groves, raising goats, sheep, cows and pigs in order to feed the 600 hungry soldiers in the military base. In April 2000, a new era in the history – or better said future – of Stancija Meneghetti began, when Romana Kajfež and Miroslav Plišo bought the derelict and forgotten, but still beautiful ruin. They carefully restored it, planted new vineyards and olive trees, built and equipped the new winery, catering to the needs of modern life, but fully respecting the tradition they inherited Thirteen years later, Stancija Meneghetti became an iconic place locally. It now included one of the smallest hotels in the area, a fine dining restaurant and a winery and became a member of Relais & Châteaux. Its restaurant is now regularly listed as one of the best in Croatia and in the region. Production and sales of estate wine and olive oil under the Meneghetti brand has been steadily growing year after year, boosted by numerous awards and recognition by prominent wine and olive oil opinion makers.
Year 2000 – restauration of the main building, 2016 – construction of 15 new residences and expansion of the main building and the restaurant area, 2019 – construction of 6 new villas. Designers: Riccardo Paliaga, Petra Karuza, Damir Radaković, Nelly Tvrdić.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery is located in Istria – Croatia ‘s most developed tourist region. Within a small geographical area one can find a wealth of natural beauty, cultural monuments, UNESCO world heritage sites, and gastronomic delights. Located amidst untouched nature, the Meneghetti Hotel offers luxury and unique privacy, sophistication and elegance in its architecture, with wooden beams and floors, modern and antique furniture that evoke the atmosphere of the past enhanced with modern amenities, creating the perfect setting for an ideal vacation. Located 1.9 km from its own beach, it spreads across 385.000 square meters of olive groves and vineyards, forests and meadows, surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation.
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery is located in Istria – Croatia‘s most developed tourist region. Within a small geographical area one can find a wealth of natural beauty, cultural monuments, UNESCO world heritage sites, and gastronomic delights. Istria has for several years in a row been named the best olive oil region in the world by leading guide Flos Olei that includes Meneghetti every year among fifty highest quality producers of olive oil in the world.
Key sites/activities in the area
• Roman amphitheatre Arena in the city of Pula, dating from the 1st century
• National park Brijuni
• Euphrasian basilica in Poreč, registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• Beautiful beaches, bike & hiking trails, rich gastronomic offer
The history of Stancija Meneghetti began in 1813, when the Austrian Monarchy annexed the Croatian peninsula Istria. Thirty years later, it established its biggest military base in the Mediterranean in Porto Colone Bay adjacent to Stancija Meneghetti. Mr. Meneghetti (no one knows his first name), a clever man originally probably from the Venice area, started building stone houses on the location of the current estate, planting vineyards and olive groves, raising goats, sheep, cows and pigs in order to feed the 600 hungry soldiers in the military base. He had namely developed his own version of Meneghetti Hotel & Restaurant.
No age restriction, special amenities for children include children’s cosmetics, children’s menu and restaurant chairs, children’s welcome treats in the room on the check in day etc.
– Number of rooms in all: 39 accommodation units with 43 bedrooms in total
– Number of Luxury rooms: 30 luxury accommodation units – 4 of them are 150 m² sized Two-bedroom residences with private pool, terrace and garden, 4 are 75 m² sized One-bedroom residences with private pool, terrace and garden and 22 of them are 75 m² sized One-bedroom residences with terrace and garden. Each residence has a view of the vineyards and/or the pool. Some of them are combined within 225 m² sized villas with with private pools that can be rented as completely independent units. They are all equipped with the following:
• Cable/satellite HDTV/AM – FM radio
• Shoe horn
• Work desk
• Twice-daily Maid service
• Desk lamp
• Mini bar
• Notebook, pencil
• Premium bedding
• Direct-dial phone
• Private bathroom
• WiFi connection free of charge
• Iron/ironing board (on request)
• Individually controlled air conditioning
• Plug adaptor (on request)
• In-room safe
• Mini bar
• Egyptian cotton bed linen
• Coffee machine
• Sewing kit
• Water heater
The bathrooms are equipped with the following amenities:
• Body shampoo
• Shaving kit
• Hair conditioner
• Shoe-shine cloth
• Body lotion
• Shower cap
• Dental kit
• Cotton balls
• Make up removal pads
• Manicure set
• Weighing scale
– Number of Suites (+ size, views, room amenities): 3 suites 65 m², view of the vineyards and/or the pool. They have the same amenities as the residences.
Restaurants & Bars
Michelin recommended a la carte restaurant with up to 70 seats offering Mediterranean cuisine with estate produced single sort olive oils and 10 estate produced wine labels. The restaurant was awarded 15 points and three chef ’s hats in the Guide Gault & Millau 2019 and listed among the world’s top 1,000 restaurants according to La Liste.
– Bars, lounges: Our pool bar, surrounded by beautiful vineyards, guarded by hundred years old oaks, is to best place to enjoy a colorful cocktail or a light meal from our pool bar menu.
Our Energy Clinic Spa Center is a peaceful oasis where you will find the relaxation for your body and mind. ENERGY CLINIC products are made from premium quality ingredients of organic or natural origin and plant extracts known for their exceptional therapeutic qualities. All products are manufactured in Croatia, in cooperation with the most renowned experts in the field of pharmaceutics. You can choose among programs that offer a variety of massage and body treatments. We are also equipped with a sauna, fitness room and one indoor swimming pool.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Organization of corporate events within the villas – living room as a multifunctional room for meetings with up to 30 participants, offering a HDMI screen, projector, projection screen and daylight.
• Wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 120 guests on an outdoor location or 50 guests indoor.
Extra Notable Features
Yoga classes, aqua aerobic, cooking classes, open air cinema etc.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Meeting Star Awards in the category top 10 Boutique Meeting Hotels by Kongres Magazine in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
The Meneghetti restaurant, recommended by the Michelin guide, is among the best in Croatia and in the wider region. It was awarded 15 points and three chef’s hats in the Guide Gault & Millau 2019 and listed among the world’s top 1,000 restaurants according to La Liste. Meneghetti olive oil is repeatedly year after year included in the list of 50 best olive oils in the world. World’s leading olive oil guide “L’extravergine” in 2007 declared Meneghetti’s ‘Izbor’ as the world’s best olive oil in one of of the most challenging olive oil categories – “intensely fruity” aroma.
One of ten best European food hotels in 2016 by the Geo Saison Magazine
Top 10 best rated hotels in the world according to the Booking Truth by Booking.com in 2014
Number of employees
50-80 depending on the season