Istria is a land of great tradition. Ancient Romans used to choose the best areas all over their territories for each product: wheat, fish, olive oil, fruit and vegetables… Istria was chosen as one of the most important territories for wine and olive oil. It was especially significant because it was close to the neighbouring Aquileia, one of the largest towns and ports in the Roman Empire, where crops were gathered and then transported to Rome and other cities throughout the Empire.
In the middle of the 19th century, Austrian admiral Hans Birch Dahlerup decided to build the biggest naval port of the Monarchy in Pula, on this beautiful but somewhat neglected and forgotten peninsula, bringing prosperity to the whole region. In the next 20 years, Pula was to become one of most popular hubs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – gas public lighting, tram and railway were introduced; beautiful hotels, army officers’ villas, public beaches, astronomical observatory, theatre and shipyard were built. At the end of the 19th century, Vienna industrialist Paul Kupelweiser built an elite climatic resort and tourist centre in the Brijuni Islands. Built in white Istrian stone and located across the Brijuni, in the immediate vicinity of the biggest Austro-Hungarian fort in this area, Stancija Meneghetti was a place where officers and their guests would come to rest, drink a glass of wine or eat good home-made cheese and dry-cured ham. After the fall of the Austria-Hungary, Stancija unfortunately ended up abandoned and forgotten.
A new chapter in the history of Stancija began in 2001, when it was taken over and completely renovated by Romana and Miroslav Plišo, who planted new olive trees and grape vines. In 2010, Goran Hanžek joined the team, while Walter Filiputti, world-renowned oenologist, took charge of the wine. Today Meneghetti serves as a wine and gourmet destination, combining wine hotel, gourmet restaurant and a working winery in one place.