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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Varietals Produced in Croatia View all

  • 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...

  • Plavina

  • Zweigelt

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

  • 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

  • Plancic Winery

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

  • Pharensis Vinum

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


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

  • Badel

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

  • PZ Cerine

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

  • Plenkovic Winery

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

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Croatia on Snooth

  • So I'm a day late, sue me. Wednesday night a few of us got together in Napa ... to an 18 vine planting in Croatia that went by the name of Crljenak Kaštelanski or the more easily pronounced Tribidrag. So when they pulled out some Syrah vines in their vineyard high up on on Mt Veeder overlooking Yountville and Stags Leap they had to plant Tribid... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight-...

  • Weclome to the Snooth Forum, Serban.  It's been a while since ... ... ... wines from areas like Croatia, but I have to say they are hard to find here in the U.S.  However, the world gets smaller every day.  So, that will change.There are a lot of red wine lovers here, and from your introduction it sounds like you are enjoying Bulgarian reds. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Ivan Dolac Barrique 2006


    One of the better made vines from Croatia. There is also a variation "Grand Cruz". Read More

    Wine review by kyluc88

  • Lirica Plavac Mali 2008


    Quite dry, fruity and a bit of tobacco Read More

    Wine review by DCStar

  • My daughter recently came back from Croatia and brought me back a bottle of 'Tomic Plavac Mali Barrique 2007', I know nothing about Croatian wine but apparently the locals raved about it.She and her party had a bottle over dinner at their villa one evening and although my daughter doesn't drink wine everyone else thought it was stunning.She also... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Croatian Wine

  • Kabola Malvaziya Reserve 2007


    Is this wine available in the United States? Read More

    Wine review by lalezaja

  • Matruko Postup 2008


    This small producer - a bottle from whom was purchased at the Split (open-air) ... ... Peljeac Peninsula on the Croatian Dalmatian Coast is similar to a high-end Zinfandel from Sonoma and close enough to a 90 point wine that I blinked. The wine has an intriguing candy apple scent and is California-inspired with its additional sweet licorice an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Krauthaker Graevina Vrhunsko Vino 2011


    Made from the Welschriesling (Graevina) grape - the most widely cultivated ... ... ... white grape in Hrvatska (Croatia), this wine is a gem - especially considering the price and modest attributes of this variety. The colour is light yellow with a mineral nose and scent of warm table grapes. Beautifully nuanced fruit and honey on the palate s... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Terzolo Tercolo Teran Istria Croatia 2009


    Loads of spice and a little sour on the nose and on the palate, with bright mulberry and black raspberry. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau

  • Teran 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Marin Danicic

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