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 adapted vietnamese fondue, roast lamb with thyme or mixed paella valenciana.

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 leek and fresh salmon tart, shrimp risotto with curry or yoghurt cake.

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 fruit or floral and sometimes also flavors of tropical fruit, tangerine or caramel.

The best vintages in white wine of Croatia

  • 2004 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.26/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.25/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.24/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Croatia

  • Posip Bijeli
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 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: Zinfandel

From Croatia where it is called crljenak kastelanski or pribidrag. According to genetic analyses carried out by Professor Carole Meredith of California University in Davis (United States), it is related to the Croatian plavac mali and Zinfandel. It is also found in South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, Albania, Italy under the name of Primitivo, Malta, Greece, Portugal and to some extent in Croatia. In the United States (California), it is one of the most widely planted grape varieties, having been introduced in the 1830s well before Primitivo. In France, it is registered in the official catalogue of vine varieties on the A1 list under the name Primitivo.

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 alsatian sauerkraut, salmon pave en papillotte or quiche lorraine.

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: Flexible

A tender wine with little tannin.

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 spicy beef, seven o'clock leg of lamb or confit of beef mice.

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: Zweigelt

Intraspecific crossing between the saint laurent and the limberger realized in 1922 and in Austria by Fritz Zweigelt (1888/1964) who named it rotburger. Very well known in Austria, it can be found in most Eastern countries, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, the United States, etc. In France, it is not very well known and yet this variety has interesting qualities when vinified as a single variety for both red and rosé wines. - Synonyms: rotburger, klosterneuburger, zweigelt blau, blauer-zweigelt in Germany, zweigeltrebe in Austria, Great Britain and the Czech Republic, blauer zwelgetrabe in Hungary, etc. (for all the synonyms of the grape varieties, click here !)

Great sweet wines of Croatia

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Want to buy a sweet wine of Croatia cheap or sell a sweet 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 sweet wine of Croatia

Sweet wines from the region of Croatia go well with generally quite well with dishes of spicy food or sweet desserts such as recipes of turkey paupiettes in poultry sauce or rice with milk.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Croatia

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

The best vintages in sweet wine of Croatia

  • 2011 With an average score of 4.58/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.23/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.19/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.16/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Croatia

  • Muscat Blanc
  • Muscatel
  • Plavac Mali
  • Malvazija Istarska
  • Yellow Muscat
  • Posip Bijeli

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: Honest

A simple and pleasant wine, without any great quality and without any defects.