Valentina Silovic

5 Reasons to Drink Croatian Wine This Summer

Image of friend laughing while enjoying rose wine by the sea
Photo credit: Lesic Dimitri Palace, Korčula

Ah, summer—the season of sun-kissed days, salty sea breeze, and vibrant adventures! As we embark on this journey, there’s a companion that effortlessly complements the essence of summertime joy—wine! While the reasons to embrace this divine elixir are as abundant as the grains of sand on a beach, let’s whittle them down to the top five, capturing the essence of why Croatian wine is the perfect summer libation!

Quench your thirst with refreshing elegance

Amidst the sweltering heat, there’s nothing quite like the invigorating and refreshing sensation of a chilled glass of wine.

Be it a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a sparkling Croatian wine, or a nice Rosé, the wine offers an unparalleled elegance that revitalizes your senses.

Each sip dances on your palate, revealing a harmonious blend of flavors that tantalize your taste buds and leave you yearning for more.

As the ice-cold liquid cascades down your throat, it’s as though summer itself has been distilled into a delightful elixir.

A symphony of flavors to complement summer cuisine

One of the most magical aspects of wine is its ability to elevate the culinary experience to new heights. Picture this: a delightful al fresco meal with friends and family, accompanied by the perfect wine pairing.

Or you are having a fresh catch of the day and pair it with a delightful Pošip, Maraština, or Graševina. The symphony of flavors unfolding on your palate is an experience that transcends the ordinary.

Whether you’re relishing a succulent seafood feast by the beach or indulging in a hearty barbecue in the backyard, wine effortlessly elevates the dining experience.

The wide array of wine varieties and styles opens up a world of possibilities, ensuring there’s a perfect match for every dish.

From the zesty acidity of a Malvazija Istriana that complements grilled chicken to the velvety embrace of a Babić or Teran that harmonizes with juicy burgers, wine acts as the ultimate gastronomic symphony.

Pairing Croatian wine with the country’s sumptuous cuisine is an experience like no other. Revel in the harmony of a crisp Žlahtina with a plate of freshly caught seafood along the Adriatic coast.

Classic pairings like clams with Grk, salad and fried fish with sparkling wine, or grilled squid with Malvazija Istriana are bound to leave you craving for more.

Sample the boldness of Plavac Mali from Dingač appellation, a robust red, alongside a tender lamb dish seasoned with aromatic Mediterranean herbs. Croatian wine elevates every dining experience, turning a simple meal into a feast fit for royalty.

Discover which Croatian summer wines perfectly complement our famous summer dishes.

Best wines for best beaches

Image of mesmerizing Sakarun beach at Dugi Otok island
Photo: Sakarun beach on Dugi otok island

Picture this: you’re lounging on a sun-kissed beach in Croatia or seeking refuge from the sweltering heat at on some of the must-visit Croatian island bars.

What you need is a refreshing Croatian wine that doesn’t send your internal temperature soaring.

Say hello to a chilled glass of white or sparkling wine, your personal oasis of coolness! With a modest alcohol content, it’s the ideal way to beat the heat without getting overwhelmed.

Alcohol dehydrates and along with the sun and the sea this can be done even faster so prefer a cool white or rosé wine, sparkling or still.

Wellness and a heartfelt cheers

Let’s raise a glass to the health benefits that wine can offer! Moderate consumption of wine has been associated with potential cardiovascular benefits.

The wine offers a bouquet of health benefits thanks to its abundance of antioxidants and polyphenols. Antioxidants like resveratrol, found in red wine, have been linked to heart health.

The Croatian Teran grape variety has abundance of polyphenols, endowing it with noteworthy medicinal attributes.

The wine is renowned for its tannin-rich composition and the unique terroir in which it grows, leading to a substantial presence of iron and biologically active anthocyanins.

As a result, Teran wine possesses a range of health-promoting properties that contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cellular aging.

These magical compounds work wonders in protecting our hearts and combating oxidative stress—a result of free radicals caused by factors like smoking, inflammation, and pollution.

Additionally, sharing a glass of wine with loved ones fosters a sense of camaraderie and relaxation, promoting mental well-being.

In this fast-paced world, a moment of tranquility with a glass of wine can be a precious ritual of self-care and celebration.

Wine is also a calorie-conscious choice! Compared to indulgent cocktails like Mojitos or Pina Coladas, a glass of crisp, dry white wine emerges as a winner with only around 100 calories, while cocktails have up to six times more.

By savoring wine, you can relish the flavors without worrying about your summer figure.

Magical moments and lasting memories

Image of friends laughing and enjoying the vacation on a boat in Adriatic
Photo credit: Lesic Dimitri Palace

Embarking on a wine journey is like setting sail on an expedition to uncharted lands (and we strongly recommend sailing in Croatia!).

Each bottle reveals a story—the history of the vineyard, the dedication of winemakers, and the spirit of the land.

As you explore diverse Croatian wine regions and indigenous varietals, you’ll uncover a world of taste and aroma, igniting your senses and inspiring your imagination.

There’s an undeniable magic in wine that transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.

Whether you’re sipping Plavac Mali or some other indigenous Croatian variety under the twinkling stars or clinking glasses of bubbly during a joyous toast, wine has the power to enhance experiences and create lasting connections.

It’s the catalyst for laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments shared with friends, family, and even newfound acquaintances.


Dear wine enthusiasts! As we bask in the warm embrace of the sun, let us raise our glasses to the exquisite pleasures of Croatian wine this summer.

Here’s to the enchanting combination of summer and wine!

Our Expertise

Valentina Silovic is an experienced sommelier and content creator with over a decade of expertise in the wine industry. She has worked in various settings, from luxurious hotels to cozy wine bars, and has explored the grandest wineries in Croatia, tasting and discussing an uncountable number of bottles along the way.

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