Croatian wine areas

Croatia can be loosely divided into two large zones: the interior on the one hand and the coastal area and islands on the other.


The interior of Croatia wine areas

Most wine gowing areas are close to Zagreb. There are seven areas within the interior zone: Plesivica, Zagrorje-Medjimurje, Prigorje-Bilogora, Moslavina, Pokuplje, Slavonija, and Podunavlje, which in their turn are subdivided into about districts.

The best Croatian wine areas are Sveta Jana-Slavetic in Plesivica, Moslavina in the area of the same name, Virovitica-Podravina-Slatina and Kutjevo in Slavonija, and Erdut-Dalj-Aljmas in Podunavlje.


The best Croatian wines

Many vineyards in this part of Croatia have been destroyed so that judgement is a relative one.



Grasevina is the local name for Welsch Riesling that is known in Slovenia as Laski Riesling. Some very special white wines are made here from Grasevina, especially in the district of Kutjevo in Slavonija. This is a fine dry white wine that is elegant and fresh. Drinking temperature for this Croatian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). Other good whites Croatian wines include those made from Rhine Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. None of these Croatian wines though has the same finesse as the Grasevina from Kutjevo. Small amounts of red of Croatia, principally from Frankovka grapes.

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The coast of Croatia

This is the most important area for Croatian wine. Most of the vineyards here are sited along the coast and on countless islands close to the coast. The position is ideal with steep rocks above the Adriatic and a Mediterranean climate that is hot and dry. Unfortunately the Balkan wars have had a tremendously bad effect on the wine industry, directly through destruction and indirectly through loss of manpower.

Although the coastal area was more directly affected than the islands, the economic consequences are clearly apparent on the islands of Krk (Vrbnicka Zlahtina), Hvar (Ivan Dolac), Korcula (Posip), and above all on Peljesac (Dingac, Postup). The coastal region officially consists of four areas (Istra and the coast, Northern Dalmatia, the interior of Dalmatia, and Central/Southern Dalmatia. These are in turn subdivided into some 50 districts. The best Croatian winegrowing areas are Porec and Rovinj in Istra/the coastal strip, Primosten in Northern Dalmatia, Cara-Smokvica, Dingac-Postup, Neretva-Opuzen, and Ston in Central/Southern Dalmatia.

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