boasts more than 300 geographically-defined wine regions which
produce 67 percent white, 32 percent red and the remaining 1 percent
In the harsher,
more arid continental part of Croatia, more than 90 percent of
the wine produced is white. In coastal areas, the main attraction
is red wines, some of which are very outstanding. Just under
10 percent of production is classified as superior wine, a little
under 70 percent as quality and around 25 percent as table wine.
used for whites may not be familiar to Westerners. Gra'evina grapes
(sometimes referred to as Graevina) are better known as
Welschriesling and the Frankovka grapes you may know as Blaufränkisch.
Coastal Dalmatia's reds are made from Plavac Mali, named for
the small blue fruit the vines produce.
is an offshoot of the true Zinfandel wine grapes. Most of the
wine world agrees that the Zinfandel variety is a native Dalamatian
grape variety, although Italy was long thought to be the place
where it originated.
The Grk region on Korcula, and the areas of Postup and
Peljesac, produce some of Croatia's top wines.
The coastal red wines produced from this
grape are bringing the most attention...and awards...from the
international wine community.
Some of the
names you'll soon know well are Babic from the island of
Hvar as well as Dingac and Postup from the Peljeac
Peninsula in Dalmatia.
Some of the sparkling wines produced in
Croatia according to the methode championoise make an excellent
and nicely priced choice for celebrations... something to keep in mind around the holiday season.
More information about Croatian wine & vineyards around the Web:
Croatian Wine Regions - A very well developed overview
of the rich history of wine production in Croatia tracing back
to ancient Roman times and through the communist era to the current
state of award winning wine production. They also review and sell
a good selection of the best of the wines of Croatia.
Croation Wines - Good overview of Croation wine regions and history including information on regional grape varieties and a list of gold medal award winning wines.
Guide to the Wine Roads of Istria - This site is not just
a treasure of great information on the wines and wine roads of
the region, it is also a delight to read. "A great many
connoisseurs of Istrian wines will tend to rank the highest the
Istrian muscatel or, to be more specific, the muscatel produced
in and around Momjan, owing to its gold-like color, intense bouquet
of wild clove pink and its exquisite aroma. Dry and sweet. Worthy
complement of dessert and many other delicacies. even aphrodisiac
power has been attributed to it, especially as regards to virtuous