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...

  • Plavina

  • Riesling Italico

  • Zweigelt

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

  • Vermentino

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

  • Grenache

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

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  • Badel

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

  • 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...


    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...

  • PZ Cerine

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

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Croatia on 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

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here

  • 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

  • Okay, I am pretty sure no one has this one. The family of grapes isn't ... ... trip to the Adriatic.  Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, and then ending in Greece.  Before they left, we tasted wines from that region at WineMine--nice coincidence that the tasting was from that region.  And this is what they brought back:No back label picture because... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... south France and Greece and Croatia are basically very cold regions, whereas upstate New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, which are non-... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...

  • Angelo Gaja Promis 2004


    Pulled this out in a hurry for family Christmas dinner as I had tucked it away almost 10 years ago. Wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Adrenalize13

  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... hell, all of Italy, France, Croatia, used to be. People learned to treat things more gently these days and that's one reason wines world-wide today aren't as harsh when young as they once were.That rotary fermenter eliminates a job and replaces it with a machine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak

  • Hey Rex,We caught the wine bug years ago with a trip to Napa.  My wife and ... ... Grgich in his native Croatia) plus multiple trips to Italy, Spain and France.  As they say in New Orleans (where they don't make wine that I'm aware of but sure know ho to drink it) "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...

  • Pz Svire Bogdanua 2010


    The Bogdanua grape is a white variety found only (as far as I understand) on ... off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. The beauty of this island is not lost on this wine; it has the beguiling bouquet of a mixture of fruit and tisane teas one associates with Colorado hippies of a bygone era. The entry and taste is elusive and unique with gooseb... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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