Join us on Berat’s wine festival retreat! There’s no better place than in the historical city of Berat and the beautiful Cobo winery. This is a playful fun retreat, great as a girl’s getaway, a romantic and spontaneous couples vacation, or a rejuvenating personal holiday. The retreat will consist of hiking, lounging on retreat grounds and of course, wine and gliko. Each day we will feature a different experience of local wine and food from one of Berat’s favorite vineyards (Cobo), a workshop on the local favorite dessert Gliko, visits to the city of Berat (castle, Mangalemi and museums) and a organized picnic to the nearby village of Drobonik’s church.
· Cobo Winey Wine Festival and tasting
· Tour of historic Berat Castle
· Gliko Workshop
· Visit to the village of Drobonik church
· Albanian/English language instructions
This wine retreat in Berat is a great opportunity for you to both experience the charming city of Berat. However, please also remember that changes may occur in the schedule.
Saturday, September 2017
10.00hrs: Arrival and accommodation in hotel
10.30hrs: Visit to the Castle of Berat and Ethnographic Museum
19.00hrs: Wine Festival at Çobo Winery
· Wine tasting accompanied with an assortment of Berat’s finest olives and cheese
Sunday, September 2017
9.30 hrs: Breakfast
10:00 hrs: Visit the village of Drobonik
Visit the church of Saint Mitri
(Legends say that Skënderbeg’s sisters had her wedding ceremony in this church)
Workshop on making the delicious plum Gliko in a local house
Picnic lunch with local products
18:00 hrs: End of program
About the Çobo family
The Çobo family has a long tradition of wine production that dates back to the early 1900’s. When a communist government was established in Albania in 1945, this family tradition ceased to exist as private enterprises were not allowed under the new regime. Fortunately, these treasured traditions were kept alive in the stories and memories of elderly members of the Çobo family.
“My grandfather started the wine making tradition, in a village near Shpiragu Mountain. He told his son and so on until the stories reached my brother and me. During communism we had one boottle of state-produced wine in celebration of the New Year. This was always the time when my family and I remembered the wine that we once made. I was greatly affected by the stories that my father and grandfather told and the memories they shared.”