The best wines of Croatia

Discover the best wines of Croatia as well as the best winemakers of Croatia and estates of Croatia to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Croatia and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Croatia by region

Looking for a good wine of Croatia among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Croatia. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Croatia with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Croatia

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Want to buy a red wine of Croatia cheap or sell a red wine of Croatia at the best price on the market? Find out which ones are popular and which ones to keep in your cellar for a few more years.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Croatia

Red wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of american style beef marinade, navarin of lamb or aiguillette of duck with honey.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Croatia

On the nose the red wine of the region of Croatia. often reveals types of flavors of cherry, microbio or prune and sometimes also flavors of cinnamon, dark fruit or cola.

The best vintages in red wine of Croatia

  • 2001 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.48/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.38/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 4.38/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.37/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.36/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Croatia

  • Plavac Mali
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Zinfandel

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Croatia

A wine route planned in the region of Croatia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Croatia.

Discovering the wine region of Croatia

Croatia is an important wine-producing country on the Adriatic Sea, at the western end of Europe's Balkan Peninsula. Formerly Part of Yugoslavia, it borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Export trade, although modest, has grown over the past two decades. The main Croatian styles are Dry white wines of Grasevina (WelschRiesling) and Malvasia, and rustic, Full-bodied red wines.

These wines are usually made from the Plavac Mali Grape. White wine accounts for about two out of every three bottles produced in the country. In the interior regions, only 10% of the total annual production is red wine. The multitude of indigenous varieties that were once common here has declined alarmingly in recent decades.

Grasevina (Welschriesling) has Long been the preferred white variety in Croatian vineyards. It is supported by the regional specialties Bogdanusa, Grk, Posip and Vugava. The first is so reliable and prolific that it is called a "godsend". The second, Powerful and aromatic, was once considered the Viognier of the Rhone Valley.

Great white wines of Croatia

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Croatia

White wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), shellfish or sweet desserts such as recipes of grilled sardine fillets, cuttlefish with cider or rice with milk.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Croatia

On the nose the white wine of the region of Croatia. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, dried apricot or spices and sometimes also flavors of citrus fruit, floral or tropical fruit.

The best vintages in white wine of Croatia

  • 2004 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.26/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.24/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Croatia

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Posip Bijeli
  • Malvasia
  • Grk
  • Pinot Gris

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Croatia

A wine route planned in the region of Croatia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Croatia.

Discover the grape variety: Plavac mali

Croatian Dalmatia more precisely. It can also be found in Greece (Macedonia), Montenegro, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. According to genetic analyses conducted by the California University of Davis (United States), it is the result of an intraspecific cross between zinfandel (called crljenak kastelanski or pribidag in Croatia) and dobricic, another Croatian grape variety that is now somewhat endangered. - Synonyms: pagadebit veliki, sarak, zelenak (for all the synonyms of the grape varieties, click here!).

Great sparkling wines of Croatia

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Croatia

Sparkling wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of roast pork in the oven, endives with smoked salmon au gratin or quiche without pastry, courgette and blue cheese.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Croatia

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Croatia. often reveals types of flavors of orange, citrus fruit or strawberries and sometimes also flavors of raspberry, yeast or earth.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Croatia

  • 2010 With an average score of 4.35/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.23/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.13/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.11/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.09/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Croatia

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Malvazija Istarska
  • Blauer Portugieser
  • Malvasia

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Croatia

A wine route planned in the region of Croatia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Croatia.

The word of the wine: Assembly

Blending of several wines to obtain a single batch. Using wines of the same origin, blending is very different from coupage - a mixture of wines from different origins - which has a pejorative connotation.

Great pink wines of Croatia

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Croatia

Pink wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or veal such as recipes of goulash, harira algerian soup or traditional veal stew.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Croatia

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Croatia. often reveals types of flavors of minerality, strawberries or raspberry and sometimes also flavors of cranberry, earth or tree fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Croatia

  • 2010 With an average score of 3.91/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.79/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.78/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.77/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 3.75/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 3.74/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Croatia

  • Plavac Mali
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Terrano
  • Zweigelt

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Croatia

A wine route planned in the region of Croatia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Croatia.

Discover the grape variety: Pinot noir

Pinot noir is an important red grape variety in Burgundy and Champagne, and its reputation is well known! Great wines such as the Domaine de la Romanée Conti elaborate their wines from this famous grape variety, and make it a great variety. When properly vinified, pinot noit produces red wines of great finesse, with a wide range of aromas depending on its advancement (fruit, undergrowth, leather). it is also the only red grape variety authorized in Alsace. Pinot Noir is not easily cultivated beyond our borders, although it has enjoyed some success in Oregon, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Great sweet wines of Croatia

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Croatia

Sweet wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), spicy food or sweet desserts such as recipes of smoked salmon sandwich, chicken tagine with apricots or simple pancake batter.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Croatia

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Croatia. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or vegetal and sometimes also flavors of oak, citrus fruit or dried fruit.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Croatia

  • 2011 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.31/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.28/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.24/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Croatia

  • Muscat Blanc
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Plavac Mali
  • Muscatel
  • Malvazija Istarska
  • Yellow Muscat

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Croatia

A wine route planned in the region of Croatia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Croatia.

The word of the wine: Carpentry

A powerful red wine with a dense, rich body and a tight tannic structure.

Great unknow wines of Croatia

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Food and wine pairing with a unknow wine of Croatia

Unknow wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes such as recipes .

News from the vineyard of Croatia

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