The Wine and Wineries of Croatia
If you want to truly taste the flavor of the Mediterranean and you are planning a trip to Croatia, then you are lucky indeed. Some of the finest wineries and wines in the region are right here in our country. Sure you can sample a wide variety of wines in one of the many luxury hotels in the country, but for some people that is not enough. Some people choose to explore the wineries and vineyards from which this ambrosia originates. It matters not whether you are a true sommelieror someone who just appreciates a good wine. Croatia holds wines that are both accessible and sophisticated.
The secret to why the wines of the Mediterranean are so great is that the climate here is particularly well suited for grape production. The summers are mild,long and dry and the winters are short and wet. Thus, Croatia has two well-known wine regions – the Coastal Region and the Continental (Inland)Region. Here is a short guide to some of the best wineries in Croatia.
- Korta Katarina Winery, Peljesac: Just one hour north of Dubrovnik,the area around this winery has a long tradition of wine-making.
- Boskinac Winery, Pag Island: Known for hosting entertainment spectacular such as music festivals, Pag’s winery is located in a quiet valley surrounded by pine trees, olive groves and of course vineyards.
- Duboković Winery, Hvar Island: This winery is family owned and has been based on the island of Hvar for centuries. Its wines cover a variety of styles from sparking whites to masculine reds and everything in between.
It’s a pity that more people have not heard of Croatian wine. Those who have know that we have some fine vintages here. Here are 3 Croatian wines we can recommend.
- Plavac Mali: This red wine is rich, full of flavor and low in acidity. It has notes of blackberry, dark cherry, pepper,carob, dry figs, and spice. The name itself translates to “small blue”.
- Malvazija Istarska: This white wine is among one of the most famous wines of the northern Dalmatian coast. It too has low alcohol content and has the lovely aromas of fennel, quince, honey, apricot, and spice mixed in its bouquet.
- Graševina: This wine, which is among the most popular wines in all of Croatia, is dry, fresh, aromatic and has apple-like notes.
As you can see,Croatia has much to offer the world in terms of its wine. It has done so for centuries and continues to do so for millions of people each year. One of your Croatia vacation packages should definitely contain a trip to a vineyard or at least sampling wines at some of the local hotels.