Croatian Wine

 

Wine has been produced in Croatia since at least the 5th century BC, with Greek settlers who  produced wine from local grapes. Since then it has played an important role in daily culture. Production expanded with the Romans, who built a still-existing temple to the wine god Bacchus in Porec in Istria, the northern coast. A hill in Moslavia in the north was named Mons Claudius to honor the Emperor, who planted many vineyards there. As Christianity spread throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, Croatia wholly embraced the movement. As a result, vineyards were protected during the Ottoman rule because Muslim law made allowances for sacramental wines. Such was the significance of wine that a 1407 statue in Korcula has an inscription stating that landholders will lose their profits and have their right hand cut off for neglecting vineyards! Phylloxera devastated the thriving industry in the late 19th century, as it did in most of the world. World War II and subsequent political struggles kept Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zweigelt

    History of the grape:  Zweigelt was created in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at the Institute of Viticulture and Pomology in...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Plavina

  • Riesling Italico

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

Popular Wineries in Croatia View all

  • Plenkovic Winery

    The family horticulturist company Vitis was formed in early 1986, marking the beginning of our op...

  • Badel

    Badel 1862 d.d. is the biggest producer of wine and spirits in Croatia. For centuries company's t...

  • KORTA KATARINA

    Located in the small coastal town of Orebic (or-uhb-itch) in CROATIA, the KORTA KATARINA winery a...

  • Pharensis Vinum

    Pharensis Vinum company from Split, Croatia, exclusive exporter of wine Plančić (plancic.com), ma...

  • Plancic Winery

    From the ancient times the sunny island of Hvar, reflected in the endless sea and rich in diverse...

  • PZ Cerine

    We are Croatian organic producer of blackberry from our field. We also produce organic blackberry...

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Croatia on Snooth

  • Niagara Bench, Dalmations (Croatia), Georgia (a reasonable bet they've cultivated grapes longer there than anywhere on earth), and Tasmania all have wines worth tasting, and have been on the radar for quite awhile. Others are just listomania linkbait... Read More

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  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my ... Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than the aforementioned upstarts.Georgia is getting a lot of buzz lately, from some people I respect as well. May be the most worthy of exploratio Read More

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  • See that REST OF THE WORLD section above...it includes the Canaries!I am ... ... am ... wines), Sicily, Croatia, Liguria (northwestern Italy), Tasmania (Australia Read More

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  • We moved to Napa in 2014 and have been slowly but purposefully visiting and ... also hit Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia this Fall and came away amazed by the quality of wines being made in the Balkans. Jo Read More

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  • Love your list Charine, lots of love for Croatia and even a bit of Serbia!Also interesting the Dujac Chambolle showed so well from a suspect vintage, but I feel Dujac'S Chambolle is probably under rated with Roumier, Vogue, and Mugnier getting so much attention.On the other side, Brewer Clifton? Never wouldve guessed!  Read More

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  • Krauthaker Crasevin 2014

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    A full on straw color in the glass with a slight separation ring. Green apple profile on the nose and it follows to the palate, citrus and an bitter nuttiness around the edges. Decent - 85 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Babic' Dry Winemaker Ivica Pilizota 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, ... ... Crni, 2013 (Istria, Croatia)Jonata, Fenix, 2007 (Santa Barbara, California USA)Brewer-Clifton, Acin, 2013 (Santa Barbara, California USA)Chateau Camou, El Gran Vino Tinto, 1997 (Baja, Mexico)Okro’s Wine, Rkatsiteli, 2010 (Kakheti, Georgia)Lagvinari, Goruli Mt... Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... ... charming name huh?)3. Croatia: Boskinac (There are over 3,000 registered producers in the country but I'm dying for a Boskinac red blend now!)4. France: I'm a sucker for Burgundy on most days. If I could drink from one special plot, it would be Vosne-Romanee. ... Read More

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  • Hi! I've been active on the Vinous and Reddit Wine forums and was looking ... ... Turkey, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, etc. Ask me anythin Read More

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  • Hi Everybody, I had just returned for 9 days in Dubrovnik, where we both fell in love with the wines. So much so, I'd really like to buy more. I'm hoping I'll be abel to buy them in Melbourne. In particular the raisin wine, Posek. So, delicious. Help me remember the time of my life, please.

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  • Croatia is a land of sun and wine! Rarely is that the country can boast such a diversity of terrain, climate, soil and other factors which significantly affect the noble drops of wine. In the world there are five wine-growing areas by the sum of sunshine hours and temperature. Croatia has each of these five zones, and the world's first wine-gr...

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