The Republic of Croatia in the world standard is classified as particularly interesting winery and vineyard area. It is rare that in such a small area, there is such a variety of categories and types of wine. Ten most popular grape sorts are Riesling, Istria White Malvasia, Plavac Mali, White Trbljan, Plavina, Black Merlot, Eden Riesling, Kujundzusa, Ugni Blanc and Black Babic.
Before dining, Croats prefer to drink brandy and bitters, strong drink of herbs or lozovaca, strong drink of the grape, Maraschino liqueur and Vlahov. If you choose for one of the seafood specialty, it is recommended to taste Malvasia, simple, fresh and light wine dominated by the taste of apples, plums and apricots. Malvasia wine is golden in colour where you can feel the balance and minerality.
In the Kvarner bay, on the Krk Island, you can taste Vrbnicka Zlahtina, wine light yellow colour, fresh aroma and distinctive fine taste. It is a dry white wine, with finest quality, best to taste with cheese, all kinds of fish and seafood, especially oysters and white meat dishes. We have selected the best wines in category that you can taste while you are on holiday in Croatia. Every wine includes region of origin.
In Istria, you can taste Refosk, wine rich in lactic acid and iron. Wine has numerous medicinal properties. The flavour is salty, sour and pleasantly bitter. Its colour is dark purple and has an aroma of blueberries, blackberries and plums. Refosk seeks stronger dishes such as sliced dried Istria sausages, boskarin salamis, and deer and sheep cheese.
King of Dalmatian wines produced from indigenous sort Plavac Mali, from southern steep slopes of the Peljesac peninsula. The specific composition of the soil and a typical Mediterranean climate, with the power of the southern sun, and the reflection of sunlight from the surface of the sea and stone gives special strength and power of this amazing grapes and wine. Dingac colour is ruby red, wine of very distinctive and rich bouquet. Wine goes well with all types of food.
Debit is a quality dry wine made from the indigenous grape varieties “Debit”, which are the most common white grape vineyards in Sibenik. Wine is obtained by method of controlled fermentation with its own yeast. Yellow Debit wine is unobtrusive, pleasant, full and harmonious. It is served well-chilled to ten degrees with light meat dishes, white fish and shellfish.
Marsatina is a quality dry white wine from the indigenous grape varieties of the “Marastina”, from the southern slopes of Mount Trtar (northeast from Sibenik). The wine is produced using controlled fermentation with its own yeast. Wine Marastina is perhaps the oldest variety in Croatia, characterized by distinctly varietal flavour, fullness, freshness and drinkability. It is served with all the better meat dishes (barbecue, spit), quality fish and spicy cheeses
Plavac Mali (Peljesac)
Plavac Mali is the most important and most protected Croatian wine variety. The wine is dark red in colour with blue reflections, soft tannins and bitter taste and usually dries with little residual sugar. It goes well with red meat, especially big game, blue fish and cheese.
The most typical and most important wine variety is Istria Malvasia. It’s simple, fresh and light wine dominated by the taste of apples, plums and apricots. Malvasia wine is golden in colour where you can feel a balance of fruit and minerality.
Vrbnicka Zlahtina (Istria)
Vrbnicka Zlahtina is an unique variety that thrives only on the island. Its colour ranges from pale yellow to straw-yellow together with fresh aroma and distinctive fine taste. This quality dry white wine goes best with cheese, all kinds of fish and seafood, especially oysters and white meat dishes.
Posip is the first Croatian wine with protected geographic origin from the 1967 year. The wine has a vibrant straw yellow colour and leaves a thick trail in glass. Wine has full and distinctive flavour with the aroma of dried apricots and figs. Because of moderate acids, the wine goes with all fish dishes, shellfish and white meat.