Heart of Istria

Crossroads of memories. Mix of cultures, each leaving its mark on the history, tradition and culture of this peaceful land. Ancient Rome, Venice, France and Austria Hungary - empires have vied for Istria, enriching its heritage.

An enchanting place, determined to delight all our senses. Experience Istria the way she was meant to be experienced. Feel the history. Taste the extraordinary wine selection. Smell the Mediterranean nature. Bask in the Zen like sounds. Revel in the glorious sights.


Motovun is an ancient guardian of central Istria, a destination rich in culture, gastronomy and enchanting terroir.

Birthplace of legends

For a town of less than one thousand residents, Motovun has certainly had more than its share of famous. Formula 1 Champion Mario Andretti was born here. His childhood days were spent racing his tiny wooden car through the cobbled, narrow streets, just as he would later race his Lotus F1 car across the tracks around the world.

Croatian writer Vladimir Nazor dreamed up the iconic gentle giant Veli Jože, while Miroslav Šutej, one of our greatest contemporary visual artists, created Croatian coat of arms and flag in his Motovun home.

The town has always attracted extraordinary and creative individuals, and among others it was a home to Josef Ressel, one of the inventors of a ship’s propeller.


Your stay at Roxanich Wine & Heritage Hotel can be as laid back or as filled with adventure as you desire. Here is a taste of some of the typical experiences that we offer.

Go for a truffle hunt

Nearby oak forest is a treasure trove, filled with white and black variants of this incredible tuber. Join a hunting party, with specially trained dogs, and see what is hidden in the Motovun forest.

Visit the local farmers

See firsthand where we get the fresh ingredients for our restaurant.

Find out how Roxanich wines are made

Discover the entire process. From choosing the perfect spot for the vineyard, to the slow, natural maceration process and aging in oak barrels treated with bees wax only. When it comes to wine making, we take no shortcuts.

See the mighty Boškarin ox

This majestic cattle breed can only be seen in Istria. Wonder through Istrian hinterland to see them up close.

Succulent, delicious Boškarin meat just might be the highlight of your discovery of Istrian cuisine.

Enjoy a spot of wine tasting

After all, you are in the heart of the wine country. Discover our wine cellar and let our expert guide walk you through Roxanich wine flight, one glass at a time.

Dream up your very own adventure

And we will make it happen. Fancy an aerial view of central Istria? Want to visit the Arena (famous amphitheater of Pula), or take a dip in the pristine waters at Kamenjak nature preserve? Just let us know.

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