Croatia is a country that has everything that a traveler could ask for, full of amazing beaches, intriguing history, and unique architecture. Another reason why people love Croatia is its wine, as the country is known to be one of the best wine producers in the world. The country has had a deep tie to its wine ever since its early days, as there is historical evidence of wine being produced in the area as early as the 6th century BC. Korak and Bolfan are some of the most well-known wineries in the world that produce top wines such as Riesling and Pinot Grigio.
If you’re planning to take a wine trip around Croatia, here are some of the locations that you should visit:
Take a Wine Trip Along the Coast
Most of the best wineries in Croatia are far away from Zagreb, so you will need to do some traveling around the country to visit them all. Croatia is located in the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, providing the lands with the nutrients and minerals to make the soil rich and loose with moisture. In addition to this, the weather in Croatia is always sunny, making it ideal for growing great wine grapes. The fact that the Zinfandel grapes are used for the majority of red wine production in Europe originating in Croatia should be proof enough that the soil of Croatia is perfect for growing grapes.
Some of the best wines in Croatia include the vibrant Coronica Malvasia, a lively and slightly sweet wine that pairs perfectly with prosciutto and locally-made cheese. Most Coronicas are made in Umag, in the northern region of Isria. Gran Teran is another famous wine in the area that you should definitely try as well.
Moving down from Istria, you will come across the peninsula of Pula, which is a location where an innovative man named Bruno Trapan grows and cultivates his own spin of the classic Malvasia. He’s not afraid to add fruity notes and a unique twist to the old wine that everyone knows and loves, making him one of the most renowned winemakers in the country. Trapan Malvasia is the perfect pairing choice for the aged Kumparička goat cheeses that are grown in the nearby area, so make sure you have a taste of that along with the wine for the best experience.
Brač and Hvar: Where Islander Wines Are Made
As we move down towards the southern region of Croatia, the weather will become more humid and the rainfall slightly higher than it is in the north. The city of Split is located in Dalmatia; the southernmost province of Croatia. From here, you can take a boat out to the islands of Brač and Hvar, which are known for their exclusive wines that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. The wines from these islands are made from Plavac Mali grapes -- a unique strain of grapes characterized by its plumpness and exquisite sweet taste.
Unlike many other thriving wineries on continental Croatia, the ones in Brač have been below the radar for many years. However, this doesn’t mean that the wines here are of a lower quality than those from the mainlands. In fact, some would say that it’s actually better! The famous Stina winery is also located in Brač, producing the amazing Stina Pošip that some may have heard of before. Surprisingly, Stina Pošip is highly popular in London, and many British tourists come to Brač every year to have a taste of this magnificent wine.
If you’re looking for a food & wine tour in Croatia, get in touch today! We’re happy to help organize the perfect trip for you.