Castle Belaj, the only estate in Croatia where the Château and winemaking started and developed simultaneously, is set on the breathtaking backdrop of Učka mountain. The estate consists of the castle, established in 1575 by the noble Barbo family, two annexes built in the XIX century and an awe-inspiring 12 hectar vineyard.
The long history of winemaking at Belaj influenced its development, but also helped in establishing the estate as a place of particular importance to the prosperity of the entire region.
The estate was later sold to Johann Weikhard von Auersperg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Austrian Empire. Due to its unique position, but also grandeur, from 1668 to 1848 Belaj served as a judicial administrative headquarter of a newly established district encompassing over one third of the Istrian peninsula.
While its biography attests to many purposes, the estate has always been inextricably linked to the craftsmanship of winemaking, a practice that in honored and preserved today.
Nowadays, the estate hosts two wineries - Dvorac Belaj and Podrum Belaj.