Nenad Trifunovic

Croatian Wine Regions

Image of a map of Croatian wine regionsCroatian Wine Regions still represent a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Croatia might not be the first country that comes to mind in the world of wine. That is one of many injustices in the Wine World.

With a rich history of winemaking dating back to the foundations of our civilisation, Croatian wine regions offer a delightful experience for connoisseurs and adventurers alike. Embarking on a journey through these enchanting vineyards reveals devotion and a unique expression of true wine diversity.

As the world discovers the treasures hidden within Croatian vineyards, it becomes increasingly important for wine enthusiasts to delve into the various Croatian wine regions. This article shows the diverse wine regions and wine cultures that define Croatian winemaking.

How many wine regions are there in Croatia?

There are four (4) wine regions in Croatia:

The key word when explaining Croatian wine is – diversity! Diversity comes from these four main winemaking areas’ climate, geological, and cultural differences.

In a relatively small area, sunny Dalmatia stretches from south to north, embodying the Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean influence, connecting to Istria and Kvarner at the far west, influenced by Alpine and Mediterranean climates.  Croatia’s central, hilly part is situated on the northwestern continental part, embracing mountains and hills that descend from the Dinarides and the Alps. On the gentle slopes of the Slavonic mountains, it passes into Slavonia, onto the Pannonian Plain, which flows into the Danube in the far east.

The diversity of the climate provides a wide range of wine styles and different wine varieties. The most common Croatian variety, Graševina, is mainly found in continental regions in different variations, from dry and fresh, sparkling, light and aromatic to aged, complex or sweet Graševina. On the continental regions, in addition to Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Traminer, Silvaner, and Sauvignon Blanc, there are also many autochthonous varieties such as Škrlet, or Kraljevina, characteristic of particular wine sub-regions.On the coastal part, indigenous varieties thrive from Malvasia Istriana in Istria or Žlahtina in Kvarner to the numerous varieties of Dalmatia, most important being the Plavac mali, Babić and Tribidrag of the reds and the Pošip, Maraština, Vugava, Grk of the whites.

Istria and Kvarner: Where Terroir Meets Tradition

Croatian-Wine-Regions-IstriaIn the western part of Croatia lies Istria, a region that boasts a diverse landscape with a unique climate. Istria’s proximity to the Adriatic Sea and its hilly terrain create the perfect conditions for cultivating a variety of grape types.

Istria has a wine for every palate, from the crisp Malvasia to the more robust Teran, not to forget the excellent Muscat wines.

As if Istria itself is not diverse enough, Kvarner brings additional geological, climate, and cultural diversity to this wine region.

Overview of Istria and Kvarner as a prominent wine region.

  • Location: Istria, the largest Adriatic Sea peninsula, spans three nations: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. Mediterranean, sub-Mediterranean, and continental climates influence its 3,160 km2 land. Positioned on the northern Adriatic, Istria benefits from western winds and sea influences, moderating winter temperatures while making summers hot. The Kvarner wine region is situated in the Kvarner Bay, neighbouring Istria and Dalmatia. This region boasts a unique combination of geographical features and a Mediterranean climate, contributing to its distinctive wine offerings. Kvarner encompasses diverse landscapes, including coastal areas, islands, and the mainland. Croatia’s largest island, Krk, is a prominent part of this wine region.
  • Climate: The region’s varied topography impacts its weather. Northeastern hills receive more rain, while the west and south experience less. These precipitation patterns pose drought risks, especially along the dry western coast. Winds are part of Istria’s climate orchestra, with the north wind (Bura) and southeast wind (Jugo) playing seasonal roles. They influence vine growth, shaping the terroir that characterises Istrian wines. The proximity to the Adriatic Sea plays a pivotal role in shaping Kvarner’s climate. The maritime influences bring mild winters and warm, sunny summers, providing an ideal environment for grape cultivation. Kvarner’s position in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea allows it to benefit from both continental and Mediterranean climate influences. This harmonious blend of climates creates a balanced and moderate temperature range throughout the growing season. Winds also play a significant role in Kvarner’s viticulture. The bura, a cold and dry north wind, helps to reduce humidity and disease pressure in the vineyards. In contrast, the warm and humid jugo wind from the southeast can influence the grapes’ ripening process.
  • Soil: Istria’s soil diversity enhances its wine offerings. White Istria, with bright stony terrain, yields crisp wines, notably Istrian Malvasia. Red Istria’s terra rossa, rich in iron, produces intense reds like Teran and Refošk. Gray Istria, marked by gray flysch, contributes to wines with depth and character. Black fertile soil adds to the terroir’s richness. The Kvarner’s topography varies from gentle slopes to steeper hillsides, offering a range of microclimates and terroirs. These diverse landscapes are home to various grape varieties, each expressing its unique character in Kvarner’s wines. Kvarner’s soil diversity further enriches its wines. The region’s most popular indigenous grape varieties, such as Žlahtina and Sansigot, thrive in these conditions, producing wines with a distinct local character.

Notable grape varieties grown in Istria and Kvarner

Istria boasts a diverse array of grape varieties. From indigenous treasures like Malvasia Istriana and Teran to internationally acclaimed ones like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Istria’s vineyards offer a harmonious fusion of old-world charm and contemporary flair. Kvarner contributes with popular refreshing Žlahtina and red Sansigot saved from extinction, and also nourish the internationally recognised varieties.

Istria and Kvarner’s viticultural landscape, marked by varying soil types and climatic influences remarkably supports both indigenous and international grape varieties. Here are some of the key players:

  • Malvasia Istriana: This indigenous variety shines in Istria, constituting nearly 60% of all cultivated varieties. Its adaptability to different soils and sun exposure is particularly evident in the hilly flysch landscapes, where it produces wines with pale straw-yellow hues and delightful aromas of acacia blossoms, green apples, and almonds. These wines offer a refreshing palate experience.Image of a bottle of Malvasia Amfora from Kabola Winery

Malvasia Istriana wines in Istria span various styles, including most dominant – fresh, there are excellent aged, orange, and sparkling Malvasias. These styles cater to a range of preferences, showcasing the versatility of this beloved variety.

  • Teran: A late-ripening grape variety, robust and sometimes difficult, producing exceptional red wines with naturally elevated freshness. Teran thrives under Istria’s sun. It produces exceptional wines with a crimson hue and a symphony of forest fruit aromas, complemented by earthy, mineral notes. The balanced acidity and pleasing tannins make Teran wines perfect companions to red-wine dishes
  • Žlahtina: This grape variety is a testament to Krk island’s rich winemaking tradition. Žlahtina grapes produce wines that are known for their crispness, freshness, and lightness. Easy-drinking anduncomplicated, these characteristics make them perfect for warm-weather sipping. Žlahtina wines often reveal delicate floral notes, hints of green apple, and a subtle minerality.
  • Sansigot: Neglected and forgotten, Sansigot was saved from extinction and today presents the red wine of Kvarner with unique qualities. Although could be made in concentrated expression, Sansigot is a delicate red variety with specific refreshing moment. More vinous, earthy and spicy tones accompany fruity notes.
  • Momjan Muscat: Nestled in Istria’s northwest, this variety presents a delicate bouquet of wild carnations, roses, and sage. It maintains a harmonious balance between sweetness and freshness, leaving a lasting impression on connoisseurs of sweet wines.
  • Moscato Rosa: Flourishing in Poreč (Istria), Moscato Rosa grapes are known for its enchanting fragrance and sweet nectar. The fragrance of rose petals envelops the senses, resulting in wines that range from semi-sweet to potent, with an alcohol content of 14-15%

International grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon and Chardonnay have found a home in Istria and Kvarner, reflecting the particular terroir in their wines.

The fusion of these red varieties results in the famed “Bordeaux blend,” a medley that captures Istria and Kvarner’s essence while expressing each grape’s individuality. The addition of local varieties adds a touch of Istria’s heart to every bottle

Must-Visit Wineries in Istria and Kvarner

Kabola Winery

Kabola wineryThe Markežić family has crafted distinctive wines rooted in tradition and love for nature at Kabola Winery for over a century. Located in the Istrian peninsula’s northwest on the Štancija hill (275m altitude), it offers breathtaking the Alps and the sea vistas.

This cinematic estate hosts guided wine tastings led by expert sommeliers, spotlighting their unique amphora-aged wines.

Coronica Winery

CoronicaCoronica, a renowned Istrian winery, boasts a new facility for tastings and wine maturation, but the real charm lies in their vineyards, a floral wonderland carefully nurtured for ecological balance. Visit in late spring or early summer for the full experience.

Don’t Miss:

  • Flagship wines: Gran Teran and Gran Malvazija, fit for the finest collections.
  • Breathtaking vineyard views, meticulously tended rows, and stunning surroundings.
  • Witness the winemaking process, from grape cultivation to bottling, and enjoy their best wines.
  • Coronica’s dedication to Teran branding and pioneering aged Teran.
  • Ottaviano, an exquisite white Malvasia created in tribute to the winemaker’s father.

Meneghetti Winery

Meneghetti wineryDiscover luxury at Meneghetti Winery, a renowned estate near Bale in Istria, celebrated for its exquisite wines and opulent accommodations.


  • Wine Selection: Indulge in award-winning wines, including Meneghetti Malvasia, Meneghetti White, Meneghetti Red, and Meneghetti Black Label Malvasia.
  • Wine Hotel: Experience wine tastings amidst picturesque vineyards and olive groves at the beautiful wine hotel Meneghetti, now even more stunning after a recent aesthetic refresh.
  • Exclusive Villas: Enjoy opulent accommodations with exclusive villas and relaxing pools.
  • Gourmet Dining: Savor gourmet delights at the estate’s restaurant, renowned for its exceptional culinary experiences, elevating your wine and dining journey.

Roxanich Winery

Roxanich Winery & Design HotelRoxanich winery, nestled within a designer hotel complex, holds an unconventional secret – it’s 5 stores underground! The reason? Roxanich’s meticulous wine-making process involves extremely extended cellar aging.


  • Cellar Marvel: Explore the mesmerising cellar tour where countless bottles await release, Georgian qvevri amphorae buried in the earth, and large wooden barrels nurture the wines.
  • Scenic Delights: Sip and savour on the hotel terrace, offering breathtaking views, creating an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Ivan Katunar Winery

Croatian-Wine-Region-Ivan-Katunar-WineryAt the very entrance to the old Vrbnik town, set against the backdrop of Krk island’s stunning landscapes, Ivan Katunar Winery offers breathtaking views that complement your wine-tasting experience. Whether you’re indoors in the beautifully designed tasting room or outdoors amidst the vineyards, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

  • Winemaking Craftsmanship: The heart of the Ivan Katunar Winery lies in its winemaking craftsmanship. The passionate team at the winery follows traditional methods combined with modern techniques to produce exceptional wines that reflect the island’s terroir. 
  • Tasting and More: Visitors to Ivan Katunar Winery can indulge in wine tastings that showcase the diverse range of wines crafted here. The tasting sessions allow one to explore the unique flavours and aromas that define Krk island’s wines.
  • Exquisite Wines: The winery proudly presents a selection of exquisite wines, each telling a story of the island and its rich winemaking heritage. From crisp whites to robust reds, there’s a wine for every palate.



Boškinac invites you to embark on a culinary and wine journey embodying Pag island’s essence. With a commitment to authenticity, quality, and creativity, this establishment is a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest in Kvarner’s gastronomy and winemaking.

Boškinac is a culinary haven and winery that embodies the essence of this unique Croatian destination. This exquisite establishment is where the island’s rich gastronomic traditions meet the art of winemaking, creating an unforgettable experience for visitors.

  • A Culinary Delight: At the heart of Boškinac is a world-class Michelin-star restaurant that celebrates the island’s culinary heritage. The restaurant is renowned for its creative fusion of traditional Pag island dishes with a modern twist. It’s a place where food is not just a meal but an art form, showcasing the island’s authentic flavours and ingredients.
  • Winemaking Excellence: Boškinac also boasts a distinguished winery, where the island’s distinct terroir finds its expression in exceptional wines. The winemakers at Boškinac craft wines that reflect Pag island’s essence, using renowned and local grape varieties with innovative technique.

Dalmatia: Sun, Sea, and Superb Wines

Croatian-Wine-Regions-DalmatiaMoving south along the stunning Adriatic coast, we arrive in the Dalmatia wine region. Here, the sun-kissed vineyards are fanned by the sea breeze, creating an ideal environment for grape cultivation. Dalmatian wines are known for their boldness and character, reflecting the region’s rich history and unique terroir.

Generally, Dalmatia is perhaps the most diverse of all Croatian wine regions. It’s certainly with the highest percentage and number of wines made from different indigenous varieties.

Dalmatia’s significance in the Croatian wine landscape

Dalmatia’s unique geographical features, indigenous grape varieties, and rich winemaking traditions make it a standout region for wine enthusiasts.

Dalmatia’s geography is nothing short of spectacular. The region is characterised by rugged cliffs, crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and a Mediterranean climate marked by hot, dry summers and mild winters. This combination of factors creates conditions ideal for vine cultivation, resulting in wines that reflect the essence of their surroundings.

One of the most notable features of Dalmatian vineyards is the proximity of many wineries to the sea. These coastal vineyards benefit from the cooling influence of the Adriatic, which helps preserve the acidity and freshness of the grapes.

Dalmatia has some of the most beautiful Croatian wine-growing locations, which include hard-to-reach and demanding slopes but where the best quality vines grow.

In conclusion, Dalmatia’s significance in the Croatian wine landscape is deeply rooted in its exceptional terroir, indigenous grape varieties, and passionate winemakers who have embraced tradition and innovation. Exploring the vineyards and tasting the wines of Dalmatia is not just a journey through flavours but a voyage into the heart of Mediterranean winemaking culture.

Grape Varieties Unique to Dalmatia

Unlike other Croatian wine regions, Dalmatia is home to red wine varieties that thrive best on inaccessible terrain on some of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands.

Dalmatia holds a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. One such grape is Plavac Mali, the essential Dalmatian variety grown in the steep, sun-drenched vineyards of the Dalmatian islands and the Pelješac peninsula. Plavac Mali produces robust and full-bodied red wines with notes of dark fruit flavours, Mediterranean herbs, and a touch of sea breeze.

Another Dalmatian gem is Pošip, a white grape from the island of Korčula. Pošip wines are today interpreted as wines of bright acidity, citrusy aromas, and mineral undertones, making them a refreshing choice on a hot summer day. Yet, traditional expressions of powerfully structured, intoxicating white wine full of sun and herbaceous complexity still exist.

Babić, another red grape indigenous to Dalmatia, yields wines with a rich, velvety texture and a unique combination of dark fruit and spice notes.

The number of small wine producers who apply more advanced technology to get the best out of what nature gives them is growing. Simultaneously, the number of international quality awards has continuously grown as well.

Must-Visit Wineries in Dalmatia

Dalmatia is dotted with charming wineries and vineyards, many family-owned and operated. These winemakers take great pride in preserving Dalmatia’s winemaking heritage while embracing modern techniques to produce exceptional wines.

Dalmatian wineries often incorporate ancient stone buildings, creating a rustic and romantic atmosphere for wine tasting. The combination of exquisite wines and enchanting settings makes Dalmatia a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts.

Bibich winery

Bibich wineryBibich Winery, located near the historic town of Šibenik in Dalmatia, Croatia, is a shining example of a winery that beautifully marries tradition and innovation to produce wines that captivate the senses. Established by Alen Bibić, a visionary winemaker passionate about his craft, Bibich Winery has become synonymous with quality and creativity in Croatian wines.

In addition to the delightful experience of visiting the winery in a charmful ambience, Bibich Winery’s portfolio includes a wide range of indigenous and international grape varieties. Such a portfolio is an excellent representation of Dalmatian wine heritage and winemaking excellence.

Stina winery

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Stina-WineryWith a commitment to producing exceptional wines that reflect the island’s unique terroir and a dedication to preserving tradition, Stina Winery has become a symbol of elegance and innovation in the wine landscape.

The Island’s rich history and the story of Stina Winery intervenes. The winery takes its name from the Croatian word “stina,” which means “stone.” The island of Brač is renowned worldwide for its white limestone.

Set against the stunning Adriatic Sea backdrop, visiting Stina Winery is a captivating experience for wine enthusiasts.

Miloš Winery

Top-10-Wineries-to-Visit-in-Dalmatia---MilošOne of the beacons of tradition and innovation, Miloš Winery has undergone a magnificent transformation with its renovated wine cellar. The new facilities testify to the winery’s commitment to excellence. 

Seamlessly blending aesthetics with the rich heritage, Miloš winery nurtures some of the most prestigious Dalmatian wines. Miloš family is devoted to historically significant Dalmatian grape varieties, Plavac Mali and Rukatac.

Korta Katarina

Top-10-Wineries-to-Visit-in-Dalmatia---Korta-KatarinaAlso focused on indigenous grape varieties such as Plavac Mali and Pošip, Korta Katarina has become a sanctuary of winemaking excellence.

Korta nourishes Plavac mali from restored vineyards on Dingač and Postup positions, making excellent wines in their state-of-the-art wine cellar.

But there is also an accommodation and restaurant experience worthy of its heritage and highest existing standards.


Image of exterior of an outdoor tasting room in Vislander WineryThe winery takes its name from the island of Vis, a jewel in the Adriatic Sea. The winery specialises in indigenous grape varieties like Vugava and Plavac Mali, which thrive in this maritime microclimate.

The Vislander winery employs modern techniques to coax the finest expression from each grape variety. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of Vugava on the sun-drenched terrace overlooking the azure sea or sipping a velvety Plavac Mali in the cool cellar, each sip transports you to the coastal wonders of Dalmatia.

Slavonia: Croatia’s Hidden Wine Treasure

Croatian-Wine-Regions-SlavoniaHeading inland, we discover Slavonia, a captivating Croatian wine region. Slavonia is renowned for its white wines, with the native Graševina grape taking centre stage. The continental climate and fertile soil make this region a hidden treasure for wine enthusiasts.

Another advantage of Slavonia is that it’s less exposed to tourism, so there are still real gems waiting to be discovered by the wine enthusiast. 

Introduction to the Slavonia Wine Region

Large areas covered with vineyards define the region, where the entire country produces the largest amount of wine, and the tradition of growing vines dates back to Roman times.

The climate, nearly uniform throughout all its parts, unites this extensive region into a singular entity. Its most significant characteristic is that autumn enjoys higher temperatures than spring, which positively influences the natural grape must accumulation process, a key factor contributing to the high quality of the wine.

Three exceptional vineyards spread to the Danube River: Srijem (Ilok), Erdut and Baranja. The vineyards of the subregion of Slavonia: Kutjevo, Požega – Pleternica, Pakrac, Daruvar, Nova Gradiška, Slavonski Brod, Đakovo, Feričanci, Orahovica – Slatina and Virovitica lie on the slopes of the central Slavonian highlands, consisting of the mountains Psunj, Papuk, Krndija, Dilj and Požeška gora, which they close the Požega basin. The vineyards are on gentle slopes at altitudes of 150 to 450 meters.

Signature grape varieties of Slavonia

The leading variety is Graševina, which, depending on the vineyard and the style of wine production, can be found in countless variations, from premium sparkling wines, fresh and light, young Graševina to complex aged wines with a lush body and all categories of predicated wines. 

Due to its diversity, the climate is suitable for the cultivation of many white varieties, such as: 

  • Chardonnay, 
  • Pinot Gris, 
  • Pinot Blanc, 
  • Sauvignon, 
  • Traminer, 
  • Silvaner, 
  • Riesling, and
  • Muscat

Recently, numerous top-quality red wines, such as:

  • Pinot noir, 
  • Merlot, 
  • Frankovka, 
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, 
  • Cabernet Franc, 
  • Zweigelt, 
  • Portugieser
  • Syrah,

stands out.

Popular-Croatian-Wines---Croatian-Bestsellers-Old-Vintage-GraševinaGraševina is undoubtedly the most significant Slavonian variety. Graševina is ideally suited to the Slavonian climate and rich soil. Her late nature perfectly coincided with cool springs and warm autumns.

The aroma of Slavonian graševina is vibrant. Fruit nuances usually dominate, primarily apple and occasionally other ripe fruit. We also encounter delicate shades of almond and herbal notes that often remind us of chamomile, green tea and hay. The aromas of sweet flowers and honey are conditioned by later harvest dates, so examples of late and selective harvests will abound with aromas of meadow flowers, acacia honey and sweet quince. The taste of Graševina is always lively enough thanks to the naturally higher acids, which, in agreement with the rich extract, a small amount of residual sweetness creates a feeling of fullness and deliciousness in the mouth. The finish is usually characterized by a slight bitterness on the aftertaste, giving graševina its final unique expression.

Must-Visit Wineries in Slavonia

Slavonia, a region in Croatia known for its rich winemaking heritage, offers a unique wine-tasting experience. Here are some must-visit wineries in Slavonia:

Kutjevo winery

Oak-aged-wine-food-pairing-Kutjevo-barrel-storySituated in the heart of Slavonia, Kutjevo Winery is one of Croatia’s oldest wineries, dating back to the 13th century. Visitors can explore the historic cellars, taste a range of wines, including Graševina, under many labels, and learn about traditional winemaking methods.

Iločki podrumi (Ilok Cellars)

PrincipovacLocated in the easternmost part of Slavonia in the town of Ilok, this winery boasts an impressive wine cellar and vineyards along the Danube River. It’s most famous for its Traminac (Gewürztraminer) wine, which is renowned internationally.


Image of newly restored wine cellar in Enosophia Winery

Enosophia’s new facility inherits the old cellar dating back to 1804. Enosophia is the new wine wisdom of the Slavonian winery from Feričanci. It results from the growth and development of its predecessor, the Feravino wine brand. 

Orahovica winery (Martin Albus)

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Orahovica-WineryPP Orahovica lies between the river Drava in the north and the slopes of Papuk and Krndija in the northwest, along the edges of the Nature Park Papuk. In such a natural environment, an area of outstanding beauty, visitors can enjoy a tour through the wine cellar and taste their awarded wines.

Krauthaker winery

Martina-i-Vlado-KrauthakerLocated in Kutjevo, Krauthaker Winery is renowned for its modern approach to winemaking. They produce many wines, including single-vineyard Graševina wines, and offer guided tours and tastings.

Josić winery

JosićThe Josić winery and famous restaurant is in Zmajevac, a picturesque town in the Baranja sub-region. Visitors to the winery can enjoy guided tours, wine tastings, and explore the vineyards and cellars to learn about the region’s winemaking process and wine heritage.

Upland Croatia: Where Elevation Meets Excellence

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Upland-CroatiaWhile Istria, Dalmatia, and Slavonia often steal the spotlight, Continental Croatia has its own surprises for wine connoisseurs. 

Lesser-known regions like Međimurje and Zagorje produce exceptional wines, including the elegant Pušipel. These regions offer a more tranquil wine-tasting experience, away from the coastal crowds, making them hidden gems for those willing to explore.

Overview of Croatian Uplands

As far as diversity is concerned, as the main characteristic of Croatian wines in general, Upland Croatia would be even more diverse than Dalmatia if it had such a diverse autochthonous assortment.

Croatia’s wine-producing regions comprise five distinct Protected Designations of Origin with their vineyards:

  • Moslavina: Located in the far east along the Sava River, featuring vineyards on the gentle slopes of Moslavačka Gora.
  • Prigorje – Bilogora: This subregion boasts vineyards on the gentle slopes of the Medvednica, Kalnik, and Bilogora mountains.
  • Zagorje – Međimurje: As the northernmost grape area growing in Croatia, it occupies hilly positions connecting with the Alps to the north.
  • Plešivica: Known for its picturesque and unique viticultural amphitheatres nestled in the Žumberak Mountains.
  • Pokuplje: Positioned to the left of the Kupa River and its tributaries Mrežnica and Dobra, this subregion nourishes its vineyards on the low hilly mountains of Vukomeričke Gorica.

In this region, there are no wineries with large production as in Slavonia and Danube, but smaller, family cellars that often can accommodate guests, thus connecting tourism and winemaking.

Notable grape varieties grown

In this region, winegrowers mainly plant and grow the following white wine varieties:

  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Sylvaner
  • Graševina
  • Muscat Yellow

Additionally, you can find old autochthonous varieties like:

  • Škrlet from Moslavina
  • Pušipel from Međimurje
  • Kraljevina from Zelina

While whites predominate, some thriving red wine varieties include:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Frankovka
  • Portugieser

Croatian Uplands is also known for the increasingly intensive production of sparkling wines, favoured by this region’s climate and soil, especially in Plešivica.

Must-visit Wineries in Upland Croatia

Upland Croatia offers a delightful wine-tasting experience with its picturesque vineyards and charming wineries. Considering their winemaking excellence and facilities for tasting or even for dining and accommodation, these are some of the most respected choices:

Tomac Winery

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Tomac-wineryThe Tomac winery is a leading advocate of the biodynamic approach to winemaking in Croatia, championing natural wines while achieving a remarkable balance of elegance and technical excellence. Their winery represents one of the most ambitious and modern wine projects in Croatia, earning praise from renowned winemakers like Joško Gravner and Marjan Simčič. Tomac’s innovative spirit shines through in their pioneering production of sparkling wine from amphora, setting a gold standard for quality in both Croatian and regional wine circles.

Korak Winery

Michelin-Stared-Korak-RestaurantKorak Winery has embarked on a bold and innovative journey in natural winemaking over the past five to six years. Their unwavering commitment to producing the highest quality wines is met by them establishing a fine dining restaurant in their estate.

Bolfan Winery

Popular-Croatian-Wines---Croatian-Bestsellers---Bolfan-winery-photoTake advantage of an opportunity to visit Bolfan Winery in the idyllic village in the Zagorje sub-region. Here, you can immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings, take in panoramic views, relish excellent local cuisine, and indulge in their remarkable organic wines, which have garnered numerous prestigious international accolades.

Puhelek Purek Winery

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Puhelek-Purek-WineryNestled in the scenic Zelina wine sub-region near Zagreb, Puhelek Purek Winery is a delightful family-run establishment. The winery succeeds through its exceptional skill in creating top-quality wines, notably Sauvignon Blanc. Beyond their acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Puhelek Purek Winery craft the native Kraljevina grape, as a still or sparkling wine.

Dvanajščak Kozol Winery

Croatian-Wine-Regions-Dvanajscak-KozolThis family-owned winery from the Međimurje sub-region currently produces some of Croatia’s most impressive Sauvignons and Pušipel wines. The young winemaker, Viktor Dvanajščak, and his sister, Tea, who manages the winery, are also passionate advocates of natural wine.

What is the best wine region in Croatia?

The best wine region in Croatia is the one you choose. All four major wine regions are equally worthy of praise and have proven so over the years with numerous accolades collected from international competitions.

Istra (with Kvarner) and Dalmatia are the most famous because they are attractive tourist destinations, especially for summer vacations.

What Wine is produced in Croatia?

Croatia produces very diverse wines. Croatia is becoming globally renowned for its diverse range of wines, with red and white varieties originating from various regions across the country.

Some notable Croatian wines include Graševina, Plavac Mali, Malvazija Istarska, and Pošip, each indigenous variety offering distinct flavours and characteristics shaped by Croatia’s unique terroirs and winemaking traditions. Croatia’s wine culture dates back centuries, and its wineries continue to produce high-quality wines that have gained local and international recognition.dingac-donkey

The Timeless Allure of Croatian Wines

In conclusion, Croatia’s wine regions are a treasure trove of undiscovered, unique, high-quality wines. Whether you’re sipping a crisp Malvasia in Istria, enjoying a bold Plavac Mali in Dalmatia, or relishing the elegance of Graševina in Slavonia, each region offers a distinct and unforgettable experience.

So, the next time you think about wine, consider exploring the Croatian wine regions. You’ll indulge in exceptional wines and uncover the rich history and culture that have shaped these remarkable vineyards. Cheers to the enchanting world of Croatian wines!

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