Wines of Croatia
Grapes and regions
Croatia boasts more than 300 geographically defined wine regions, which produce 67% white, 32% red and 1% rose wines.
Croatia has a rich history of wine making, dating back to Greek and Roman times. The country now produces award winning wines and is slowly but surely making an entrance onto the international wine scene.
The judges at the 2009 Decanter wine Awards were particularly impressed by the strong, tannic red wines that are produced on the Adriatic coast, which has a similar climate to the south of France - 27 awards were won in total; 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 11 Bronze and 4 Commended.
''Croatia has been hailed as a major force in the wine world after the country won more gold medals than established rivals including the US, New Zealand and Portugal'', Daily Telegraph, 2009.
''This really puts Croatia on the map. They are reasserting their mastery of dessert wines. And if you are a fan of sweet white wines you would be a fool to miss them. Croatia can really take its place as a serious player in the wine world'', Adam Lechemere, editor of www.decanter.com.
''It will not be long before we start to see a Tesco Finest, an Asda Extra Special Malvazija and Plavac Mali on the shelves'', Anthony Rose, The Independent, September 2009.
International success and acclaim continued at the 2010 Decanter wine awards, which saw Croatia win 26 medals (15 Silver and 11 Bronze).
Angela Muir, who was the chief judge, described Croatia as ''the discovery of the year''. Some great white wines, both dry and dessert, with bags of character and a whole bouquet of varieties and styles''.
Mrs Muir went on to describe the sweet wines as ''expensive, high-end and they are no question up there with the great Sauternes''.
We stock a range of wines, covering all grapes and regions of Croatia; Malvazija from Istria, Grasevina from Slavonija, Plavac from Dalmatia and Teran from Istria, from some of the best wine producers in Croatia.