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How are the wines of Croatia?

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In recent years Croatia has experienced a tourist boom, which has made its wines reaching unprecedented levels of international recognition. With a long history of wine production, comparable to that of the most traditional Mediterranean countries, Croatian wines were well known at different times, but Ottoman invasions, phylloxera, world wars, communism and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia caused it to fall into oblivion.

For decades, Croatian wine production was simply divided into “coastal” and “continental”, but a few years ago a group of producers, sommeliers and experts created a new system that emphasized four regions, divided into 12 subregions with 66 Designations of origin. The country has 64 local grape varieties, in addition to an important presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.

Dalmatia

It is the most southerly area, with a sunny and warm climate ideal for the cultivation of white wine, rich and fruity wines that are made with Posip, Debit and Marastina grapes. Red wines include varieties such as the Babic and Plavac Mali, with very good denominations of origin such as the Peljesac peninsula and the subregions of Dingac and Postup.

Istria and Kvarner

Located in the northwest of the country, it is known as “the other Tuscany”, and the region includes the islands of the Kvarner Gulf. It is known for its refreshing white wines, ideal for fish and seafood and made with Malvasia Istriana and Zlahtina. The reds are produced basically with Teran grapes and some international varieties.

Highlands

Is situated in the center of the country, on the border with Slovenia and Hungary, this region produces Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay, as well as some reds made with Pinot Noir grapes and excellent sweet wine and ice wine.

Slavonia and Danube

Last, the region of Slavonia and Danube is known for its dry white grape wine Grasevina, known elsewhere as Welschriesling or Riesling Italico. Other whites are also produced, made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, and Blaufränkish reds among other international varieties.

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Korlat Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

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Kozlovic Teran

Ice wine (Eiswein)

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The Ice wine, also known by the German word Eiswein, is the wine which is made from frozen grapes or naturally freezed grapes, that get frozen in the own vine. This natural freezing effect prevents the freezing of sugar of the grapes, that fact makes that grapes loses water and it makes the wine sweeter than usual.

The freezing process of ice wine is produced before that actual fermentation, in this process many of the grapes are affected by “noble rot”, which is why only a few grapes are acceptable for the production of this wine, besides the fact that there must be done a hard manual classification. As a result only small amounts of strains are obtained for its implementation. So yes, it is an expensive wine.

Ice wine are usually made with Gewürztraminer and Riesling grapes, without discarding grapes like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Vidal (this last are grapes that grow very well in Canada). Needless to say that this wine is made in cold areas, with Germany and Canada’s top producers of this wine.

This type of wine is also achieved by artificial refrigeration, modern processes used by winemakers to replace the climate with modern and artificial technologies. In this process grapes are artificially frozen to achieve the perfect state of ripeness and then extract the juice to make the wine. It should be noted that this “artificial” process is slower than natural, and is more complicated because a small miscalculation can irreversibly damage the wine.

Although ice wine is high in sugar, it is also a wine with great freshness due to its high acidity. Ice wine usually has a medium to full body with a long finish. We can say that it has flavors ranging from peach, honey, figs, and green apples and some citrus fruits. Even some of them show aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango or lychee.

Ice wine is usually below the alcohol content of table wine, that is about 6 degrees, but we could find them up to 13 degrees. Cataloguing ice wine as a dessert wine would be a bit unfair, but we must say that ice wine it is more a dessert wine rather than a table wine. To enjoy the exquisite tastes we recommend drinking ice wine from 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.