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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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  • Vermentino

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

  • Plavina

  • Riesling Italico

  • 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"...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Croatia View all

  • 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...

  • Plancic Winery

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

  • Plenkovic Winery

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

  • 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...

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Croatia on Snooth

  • Had the pleasure of atending the 2nd annual Historic Vineyard Society Vineyard ... a small town on the coast of Croatia where the original planting of a mere 9 vines of Crljenak Kastelanski are the mother of the Zinfandel/Primativo we all enjoy. Aren't you glad the name changed?Each winemaker on hand, Joel Peterson (Ravenswood), Carole Meredit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Zinfandel / Historic...


  • Enjingi Kutjevo Grasevina 2009

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    This comes from the Kutjevo region of Croatia. It has a pronounced minerality and wonderful flavors of spicy white fruit, lychee, honey, and very light orange. Read More

    Wine review by Pyrifera


  • Lirica Plavac Mali 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by ceekaynj


  • Ivan Dolac Barrique 2006

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    Fantastic wine from Hvar Read More

    Wine review by sony2nd


  • Bibich Grenache Mantra Reserve 2006

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    Aroma: tangy, smoke, rubber, alcoholAppearance: classy label and dark reddish-brown pourFlavor: strong and sour-sweet, with a fair amount of tannin. Fairly complex but too much rubber/tar. At leas the sulfites are not too heavy Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Kozlovic Malvazija 2005

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    Deep bright 18k yellow with aromas of cooked pineapple and toasted nuts. On the palate, the silky texture delivers flavors of green apple, chestnuts and butter. The finish is lingering, but kind of funky...a great 'fall' wine that would pair lovely with butternut squash soup toped with a sauteed melody of caramelized onions, crushed walnuts and ... Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures


  • Kabola Malvaziya Reserve 2007

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    Yellow, golden color with a petrol and fava bean nose. The darker yellow color suggests the presence of possibe oak. It is confirmed through the soft, silky texture on the palate. But it seems as though the texture is all you get with this wine. Any fruit is muted and there is a lingering astringent feel in the back of the throat. It´s a nice re... Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures


  • Daruvar Grasevina 2009

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    This wine has a greenish-yellow color and fresh and pretty harmonious taste. It has rich and distinctive bouquet and a pleasant freshness. Good value for money. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Bibich White Blend Riserva 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by NJordan72


  • Maraska Pelinkovac Croatia Liqueur

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    I love pelinkovac. There is nothing better you can drink on a boat in Croatia. Read More

    Wine review by yamismo


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