Our first night on Hvar, I ran out to grab us a few dishes to try for dinner. After ordering, I asked the owner of the restaurant if there were any local wines he'd recommend? He immediately poured me a glass from an unmarked jug of white wine. In Croatia, this usually means it's homemade and going to be something special. It was. The wine was made by his neighbor and sold in the next square over. I walked over and found the shop, but it was closed. Womp, womp. As I was turning around, I literally ran into a Croatian couple we had befriended a couple months ago but had forgotten to exchange numbers and hadn't seen each other since. They are wonderful people and I was so happy to see them again! It turned out that they were also on a wine shop search, a little store owned by a French couple that they'd found in one of the cobblestone side streets last summer. It sold some of the best bottles of wine on island. They hoped it hadn't closed, and after hearing about it, I hoped it hadn't either and went with them to find out.
Za Pod Zub was not only still open, but thriving, and owned by the nicest and friendliest couple! We have a few friends who work for themselves in Zagreb and they often express that the survival and success of a small business feels like beating all the odds. I am so happy our friends introduced us to this shop and the kind owners - Cam and I stopped in every day we were on the island and could have bought everything in it! We also admired how the owners have created jobs and partnerships through their lovely shop for local producers and farmers.
All of the products they sell are locally made in Croatia. Some of the things I had my eye on were the beautiful olive boards, herb & truffle cheeses, lavender cookies, jams, olive serving spoons (which I bought!), dried herbs, deli sandwiches and of course... the wine!
Each wine in Za Pod Zub is carefully chosen so you can't go wrong with any that you choose. Cam and I tried these made on Hvar, and were just blown away: Duboković 2718 Sati Sunca u Boci (meaning "2718 hours of sun in a bottle"), Duboković Medvic and Carić Rosé Marino. If you come to Croatia and can get your hands on any of these, it will be a happy day!
We wholeheartedly recommend visiting Za Pod Zub tucked in the beautiful cobblestone streets of Stari Grad... and trying as many Croatian wines as possible:)