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An Introduction to Croatian Wine

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We spent our afternoon in Zagreb at a 19th century basement wine cellar called Vinoteka Bornstein. The owners, John and Doris, had an obvious and contagious passion for wine and immediately made us feel welcome.

We are lovers of wine, but by no means consider ourselves connoisseurs. Therefore, today we will leave you with a simple introduction to a few types of Croatian wine. Let the below inspire you to try something new the next time you are perusing the shelves at your local wine shop.

Croatia has four basic wine regions throughout the country: Croatian Uplands in the North, Slavania and Danube to the Northeast, Istria and Kvarner on the northwest coast and the lower coast of Dalmatia. We tried wines from each of the regions, with the exception of the Croatian Uplands.

Jess tasting the Croatian white wine

Tomaz Malvazija

A personal favorite! This was a very easy drinking white wine from the Istrian region. The taste was fresh and fruity but dry on the palate. This is a great summer wine to pair with scallops, soft cheese, or any type of light lunch while dining al fresco.


Krajančić Pošip

Pošip is one of Croatia’s most beloved wines. This white wine is full-bodied with an oily texture. It has a fruity taste of pear and fig, but still dry on the palate. Pošip grapes are grown on Korčula Island in the Dalmatia region on southern facing hills. This allows vines to receive a natural salt spray from the Adriatic Sea.


Matuško Dingač

Last, we sipped on a red. This wine is made from the plavac mali grape, which is an offspring of zinfandel. The wine has high alcohol content and tastes peppery and fruity with hints of chocolate and plum. This can be best compared to a merlot or a zinfandel. We were given an interesting lesson on the origin of Zinfandel. To learn more, click here.

Have you tried any of Croatia’s famous wines? Where are your favorite wines from? Let us know in the comments below!