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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Popular wines made in Croatia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Croatia View all

  • Riesling Italico

  • Plavina

  • 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"...

  • 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

  • Pharensis Vinum

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

  • 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...

  • KORTA KATARINA

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

  • Plancic Winery

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

  • 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

  • Kozlovic Malvasia Bianca NV

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    Wine review by fsokolic


  • Maraska Pelinkovac Liqueur

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    Wine review by fsokolic


  • Rijeka White Blend Malvazija 2000

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    Wine review by fsokolic


  • Katunar Estate lahtina 2007

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    Wine review by fsokolic


  • Bibich Mantra 2005

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    Very pencil leady and chalky on the nose with a narrow, focused note of earthy strawberry fruit and a touch of wet dog and seaweed. There is an underlying jammy warmth here and gentle notes of faded backing spices/middle eastern spice, turmeric, cardamom, green anise seed. Sweetly fruited right up front with a nice old vine feel in the mouth. G... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dingac Plavac Mali 2003

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    Wine review by eutanazije


  • Dingac Plavac Mali Ivo Skaramuca Vineyard 2004

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    Wine review by eutanazije


  • Zlatan Plenkovic Grand Cru 2005

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    Delicious wine, with a lot of flavor, but not overpowering. Went very well ... wine by a former resident of Croatia, and looking forward to trying more wines from the regio Read More

    Wine review by Guenther5


  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli ... ... grape, having come from Croatia almost 2 centuries ago, nowhere else on earth has the vine found a spot that allows it to produce such rich, flamboyant and compelling wines.An argument can be made that Zinfandel is the USAs greatest wine. It has no peer gro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic With Thanksgiving coming it's...


  • Sooo... I just had the wonderful opportunity to have a 'small' group wine ... ... Walla Washington, Arizona, Croatia, Baja California (interesting), and Douro, Portugal. A few varietals he was pushing were Vino Verde (Portugal) and Albarino (Spain), neither of which I was impressed with. The Albarino was fruity but not full bodied... and I h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting w/ Gary Vaynerchuk


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