XVI century castle estate with historical Vineyard, two wineries, restaurant and events venue
Chapel of St. Henrik
Castle Belaj estate contains: Castle(XVI century); Left annex with history of presence there of court, prison and the wine cellar (XIX century); right annex, where the stables and management room of the estate; historical vineyard of 11 hectares, which surrounds the estate.
In 1575 a noble Barbo family raises Belaj (Bellai)castle which stood out as one of the largest fortress in the region following Pasberg and Waxenstein.
At the end of XVII century the castle was sold to prominent Johann Weikhard von Auersperg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Austrian Empire. From 1668 to 1848 Belaj was a judicial administrative headquarters of a newly established district stretching from Boljun to Plomin and from Kastav to Kršan.
Moreover, with the arrival of the Auersperg family a wine story of Belaj begins and brings the prosperity to the entire region. Auersperg recognized the excellent benefits of the soil and microclimate of the hill and started cultivating olives and grapevines here. At that time wine production was focused on delivering great winesto Vienna and Bordeaux.
Nowadays Belaj is the only Château in Croatia with a lengthy history and traditions of winemaking. It's a registered Historical Heritage
-Two Families-Two Wineries - One Estate-
Dvorac Belaj: Dvorac Belaj winery established in 2011 by Belay family. From that on we produce wine only from the historical Vineyard around the property. First Vintages are produced with the help of Gianfranko Kozlovic and Ivica Matosevic winemaking craftwork. From 2016 production is fully moved into Belaj cellars. Every year Dvorac Belaj wines brings Golden and Silver medals from Decanter and Vinistra wine competitions. For more info about the winery: www.dvoracbelaj.com
Podrum Belaj: Podrum Belaj winery is established in 1998 by Ivic family. The history of winemaking in the family go back to the start of XX century. Vineyards are located in Boljunsko polje. Every year winery put on the market more than 30 000 liters of top quality wines. Under the brand Podrum Belaj Ivic family is also producing honey.
One of the cosiest dining room in the istria for 35 guests
Sunset terrace on the edge of Historical vineyard for 50 guests
In our restaurant we cook with the concept of ZERO km - from farm to your table
All dishes are matched with in house produced wines