In the recent years, Croatia experienced a boom in tourism, which in turn has brought its wines to an unexpected level of international recognition. With a long history of wine production, comparable to that of Mediterranean countries with a great tradition, Croatian wines were once well known, but Ottoman invasions, the phylloxera, world wars, communism and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia have decelerated their spread.
For decades, however, Croatian wine production was divided into “coastal” and “continental” regions. A few years ago, a group of producers, sommeliers and experts created a new system that highlights four regions with 12 subregions and 66 appellations. Croatia has 64 local grape varieties with a significant presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.
In the most Southern region with a sunny and warm climate, the weather is ideal for rich and fruity white wines made of the autochthone Pošip, Debit and Maraština grapes. Red wines include varieties such as Babic and Plavac Mali from remarkable appellations such as from the peninsula of Peljesac and the subregions of Dingac and Postup.
Istria and Kvarner
Located in the Northwest of the country, the region has been known as “the other Tuscany”, and includes the islands of Kvarner Bay. The zone is also known for its refreshing white wines, ideal for fish and seafood, processed with Malvasia Istrienne and Zlahtina. The red wines are mainly based on Teran and some international varieties.
The region in the centre of the country, near the border with Slovenia and Hungary, produces Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay, as well as some red wines from Pinot Noir grapes, some excellent sweet wines and ice cream.
Slavonia and Danube
Finally, the region of Slavonia and the Danube is known for its dry white wine coming from Grasevina grapes, also known as Welschriesling or Riesling Italico. There, we can also find white wines made of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, some red Blaufränkisch and other international varieties.
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Korlat Cabernet Sauvignon, full, and harmonious on your palate
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