XVI century castle estate with historical Vineyard, two wineries, restaurant and events venue

Chapel of St Henry
The Estate

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. Dvorac Belaj winery was established in 2011 by the Belay family. From that on we produce wine only from the historical vineyard around the property. From 2016 production is fully moved into Belaj cellars valuing an estate where art of winemaking grew alongside the château, spanning over 5 centuries. This has been recognized by experts at international competitions where it repeteadly receives silver and golden medals and consumers in seven countries.

Nowadays Belaj is registered as Historical Heritage Site of Croatia, attracting tourists, scholars, sommeliers, and nature enthusiasts alike.

- 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.
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 rooms in Istria for 35 guests

Sunset terrace on the edge of the historical vineyard for 50 guests

In our restaurant we cook with the concept of
zero km from farm to your table

All our dishes are matched with in-house produced wines

We host events up to 200 guests
Belaj has four great locations for your events:

Small dining room - 35 guests

Castle inner yard - 40 guests

Big dining room - 180 guests

Park Zone - 200 guests

Our Services:

Wine & Food Degustations



Corporate Events

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Restaurant and Degustation room working hours


tel: +385 52 524 315
mob: +385 91 1200 277

Castle Belaj
Belaj 20a, Cerovlje, Istria,

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