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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  • Zweigelt

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Riesling Italico

  • Plavina

  • 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


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

  • Plenkovic Winery

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

  • Pharensis Vinum

    Pharensis Vinum company from Split, Croatia, exclusive exporter of wine Plančić (, 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...

  • Badel

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

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Croatia on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...

  • Krauthaker Crasevin 2014


    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


    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. July 2, 2017 a 5 couple party on our deck ... ... ... tastings. This from Croatia lost the competition over the one from Macedonia, but it was close. Most sippers enjoyed both. I actually preferred this one, but because it is a red blend and not a Cab. Sauv. varietal, I personally believe influenced others. A bl... 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • When I first encountered 'Kalimotxo' I joked with my companions that it ... the Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and other former Yugoslav republics it is known as bambus (meaning bamboo) and musolini (as in Benito Mussolini). The person who mixes bamboo 50:50, is often defined as "gulozan"[clarify]. In the Czech Republic it is known as... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Crafty

  • Perhaps the most famous "Italian" chef these days would be Lidia ... ... became Yugoslavia and now is Croatia. Like I said, all the same.Snooth is so cool. I enjoy Lidia Bastianich's TV shows, and I have, in fact, wondered why her name sounded so Slavic.  Sometimes, the answer just comes to you when you read Snoot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here

  • " but the idea of some pan-Italian red sauce restaurant wouldn't ... ... from what is now Albania or Croatia. And if you want to talk about prejudice, they were pretty far down on the list of acceptable neighbors, like way at the bottom. Outside of a few large east coast cities and San Francisco and Las Vegas, there weren't a lot of them and t... Read More

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  • Plenkovic Zlatan Plavac 2010


    Interesting Croatian red made from the Plavac Mali grape. Comes across like a medium bodied zin with a splash of cranberry juice and a touch of old world funk. There's red cherry, leather, white pepper, medium acidity and medium, fine grained tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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