Reds or whites?
From the North to the South and from the inlands, over the mountains to the Adriatic coast, Croatia serves exceptional wines of distinctive regional character with every meal, taking each opportunity to celebrate moments in life.
Rest assured you will encounter some familiar faces around here, such as Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz, as well as several local variations on Central European sorts, such as Graševina (Welschriesling) or aromatic Traminac (Gewürztraminer), grown in Slavonia. But you will also encounter countless authentic sorts, some of them incredibly location-specific, like the famed Istrian white Malvazija and Konavle villages Malvasija, praised since the times of the Dubrovnik Republic. Or Pošip and Grk of Korčula island, Bogdanuša on Hvar or Žlahtina on Krk. Among the reds, Teran is the signature of Istria, Babić of Northern Dalmatia, and Crljenak Kaštelanski, related to both America’s beloved Zinfandel and Croatia’s Plavac Mali, in Dalmatia and its islands.
Thriving all along the coast, Plavac Mali (red grape) is, without a doubt, Dalmatia’s favourite. Telling tales of each location and its stories of winds, sun, and sea, Plavac Mali lures winemakers intro spicing it up with personal notes and inspiration, ultimately creating powerful reds and graceful, almost ethereal, roses.