Croatian Wines

Croatian Wines

Croatian Wines

Croatia's winemaking history dates back to the ancient Greeks who brought viticulture to the Dalmatian islands some 2,500 years ago. The country benefits from long sunny summers along the coast which are ideal for growing grapes and making fresh, well-balanced reds and whites. Although not as well known as other European wine regions, Croatia is an important up-and-coming premium wine producer with over 400 wineries.

Key Croatian Wine Regions

In total the country has 66 designated appellations with the most famous wine regions found in Dalmatia and on the Croatian islands producing the best wine in Croatia. Important regions here include the islands of Hvar, Korcula and Brac as well as the Peljesac Peninsula. Istria in the northwest of Croatia is heavily influenced by its Italian heritage and has steep, hilly vineyards planted on terra rossa soils near the sea. There are also some inland regions like the Croatian Uplands, Slavonia and the Danube area where the climate is cooler and more continental.

Croatian Grape Varieties

There are over 100 indigenous Croatian grape varieties of which the most famous is Plavac Mali which is closely related to Zinfandel. Plavac Mali is Croatia's third most-planted grape and is found across Dalmatia where it produces intense and rich red wines. Other key grapes include Malvazija Istarska, related to Malvasia, which is used for elegant, floral whites as well as for the production of the best Croatian orange wine; and high acidity Grasevina which is widely grown in continental Croatia. Croatian wines tend to be food friendly, pairing well with local dishes like the hearty pasticada or braised beef and fresh seafood from the coast.

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  1. Dalmatia 32items
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  1. Plavac Mali 18items
  2. Malvasia 7items
  3. Other Red Blends 6items
  4. Posip 4items
  5. Merlot 3items
  6. Teran 3items
  7. Cabernet Sauvignon 2items
  8. Welschriesling 2items
  9. White Blends 2items
  10. Zinfandel 2items
  11. Babic 1item
  12. Chardonnay 1item
  13. Muscat 1item
  14. Other Red Wine 1item
  15. Other White Wine 1item
  16. Sauvignon Blanc 1item
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  1. Zlatan Otok 9items
  2. Badel 1862 7items
  3. Kozlovic 7items
  4. Stina 6items
  5. Clai 4items
  6. Fakin 4items
  7. Matusko 4items
  8. Saints Hills 4items
  9. Krauthaker 3items
  10. Roxanich 3items
  11. Grgich Hills 2items
  12. Iuris 2items
  13. Matosevic 1item
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    • 2021
    • 750ml
    • White
    • 12.5%
    • Malvasia
    • Malvasia
    • Kozlovic
    • Istria
    • Croatia
    Vintage
    2021
    Size
    750ml
    Type
    White
    Alcohol
    12.5%
    Varietal
    Malvasia
    Grapes
    Malvasia
    Winery
    Kozlovic
    Region
    Istria
    Country
    Croatia
      • 2018
      • 750ml
      • Red
      • 14%
      • Merlot
      • Merlot
      • Badel 1862
      • Dalmatia
      • Croatia
      Vintage
      2018
      Size
      750ml
      Type
      Red
      Alcohol
      14%
      Varietal
      Merlot
      Grapes
      Merlot
      Winery
      Badel 1862
      Region
      Dalmatia
      Country
      Croatia
      • Sweet
      • 2020
      • 750ml
      • White
      • 13.5%
      • Chardonnay
      • Chardonnay
      • Krauthaker
      • Kutjevo
      • Croatia
      Vintage
      2020
      Size
      750ml
      Type
      White
      Alcohol
      13.5%
      Varietal
      Chardonnay
      Grapes
      Chardonnay
      Winery
      Krauthaker
      Region
      Kutjevo
      Country
      Croatia
        • 2018
        • 750ml
        • Red
        • 13%
        • Cabernet Sauvignon
        • Cabernet Sauvignon
        • Badel 1862
        • Dalmatia
        • Croatia
        Vintage
        2018
        Size
        750ml
        Type
        Red
        Alcohol
        13%
        Varietal
        Cabernet Sauvignon
        Grapes
        Cabernet Sauvignon
        Winery
        Badel 1862
        Region
        Dalmatia
        Country
        Croatia
          • 2021
          • 750ml
          • White
          • 13%
          • Malvasia
          • Malvasia
          • Fakin
          • Istria
          • Croatia
          Vintage
          2021
          Size
          750ml
          Type
          White
          Alcohol
          13%
          Varietal
          Malvasia
          Grapes
          Malvasia
          Winery
          Fakin
          Region
          Istria
          Country
          Croatia
            • 2013
            • 750ml
            • Red
            • 14%
            • Other Red Blends
            • Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
            • Badel 1862
            • Dalmatia
            • Croatia
            Vintage
            2013
            Size
            750ml
            Type
            Red
            Alcohol
            14%
            Varietal
            Other Red Blends
            Grapes
            Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
            Winery
            Badel 1862
            Region
            Dalmatia
            Country
            Croatia
              • 2016
              • 750ml
              • Red
              • 13.5%
              • Plavac Mali
              • Plavac Mali
              • Saints Hills
              • Dalmatia
              • Croatia
              Vintage
              2016
              Size
              750ml
              Type
              Red
              Alcohol
              13.5%
              Varietal
              Plavac Mali
              Grapes
              Plavac Mali
              Winery
              Saints Hills
              Region
              Dalmatia
              Country
              Croatia
                • 2017
                • 750ml
                • Red
                • 13%
                • Cabernet Sauvignon
                • Cabernet Sauvignon
                • Iuris
                • Danube
                • Croatia
                Vintage
                2017
                Size
                750ml
                Type
                Red
                Alcohol
                13%
                Varietal
                Cabernet Sauvignon
                Grapes
                Cabernet Sauvignon
                Winery
                Iuris
                Region
                Danube
                Country
                Croatia
                  • 2013
                  • 750ml
                  • Red
                  • 15%
                  • Plavac Mali
                  • Plavac Mali
                  • Matusko
                  • Dalmatia
                  • Croatia
                  Vintage
                  2013
                  Size
                  750ml
                  Type
                  Red
                  Alcohol
                  15%
                  Varietal
                  Plavac Mali
                  Grapes
                  Plavac Mali
                  Winery
                  Matusko
                  Region
                  Dalmatia
                  Country
                  Croatia
                    • 2018
                    • 750ml
                    • Red
                    • 14.5%
                    • Plavac Mali
                    • Plavac Mali
                    • Matusko
                    • Dalmatia
                    • Croatia
                    Vintage
                    2018
                    Size
                    750ml
                    Type
                    Red
                    Alcohol
                    14.5%
                    Varietal
                    Plavac Mali
                    Grapes
                    Plavac Mali
                    Winery
                    Matusko
                    Region
                    Dalmatia
                    Country
                    Croatia
                      • 2018
                      • 750ml
                      • Red
                      • 15%
                      • Plavac Mali
                      • Plavac Mali
                      • Saints Hills
                      • Dalmatia
                      • Croatia
                      Vintage
                      2018
                      Size
                      750ml
                      Type
                      Red
                      Alcohol
                      15%
                      Varietal
                      Plavac Mali
                      Grapes
                      Plavac Mali
                      Winery
                      Saints Hills
                      Region
                      Dalmatia
                      Country
                      Croatia
                        • 2016
                        • 750ml
                        • Red
                        • 14.5%
                        • Zinfandel
                        • Zinfandel
                        • Zlatan Otok
                        • Dalmatia
                        • Croatia
                        Vintage
                        2016
                        Size
                        750ml
                        Type
                        Red
                        Alcohol
                        14.5%
                        Varietal
                        Zinfandel
                        Grapes
                        Zinfandel
                        Winery
                        Zlatan Otok
                        Region
                        Dalmatia
                        Country
                        Croatia
                          • 2018
                          • 750ml
                          • Red
                          • 14.5%
                          • Teran
                          • Refosco
                          • Fakin
                          • Istria
                          • Croatia
                          Vintage
                          2018
                          Size
                          750ml
                          Type
                          Red
                          Alcohol
                          14.5%
                          Varietal
                          Teran
                          Grapes
                          Refosco
                          Winery
                          Fakin
                          Region
                          Istria
                          Country
                          Croatia
                            • 2021
                            • 750ml
                            • White
                            • 12.5%
                            • White Blends
                            • Malvasia, Chardonnay
                            • Saints Hills
                            • Istria
                            • Croatia
                            Vintage
                            2021
                            Size
                            750ml
                            Type
                            White
                            Alcohol
                            12.5%
                            Varietal
                            White Blends
                            Grapes
                            Malvasia, Chardonnay
                            Winery
                            Saints Hills
                            Region
                            Istria
                            Country
                            Croatia
                              • 2017
                              • 750ml
                              • Red
                              • 14%
                              • Plavac Mali
                              • Plavac Mali
                              • Zlatan Otok
                              • Dalmatia
                              • Croatia
                              Vintage
                              2017
                              Size
                              750ml
                              Type
                              Red
                              Alcohol
                              14%
                              Varietal
                              Plavac Mali
                              Grapes
                              Plavac Mali
                              Winery
                              Zlatan Otok
                              Region
                              Dalmatia
                              Country
                              Croatia
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