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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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

  • 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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by ceekaynj

  • Ivan Dolac Barrique 2006


    Fantastic wine from Hvar Read More

    Wine review by sony2nd

  • Bibich Grenache Mantra Reserve 2006


    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

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