WINE REGION PHOTO
Deeply rooted in Croatia is their flourishing wine industry which has a history dating back to the Ancient Greek settlers some 2,500 years ago. With 300 geographically defined wine districts, their two primary wine regions are Primorska Hrvatska (“coastal Croatia”) and Kontinentalna Hrvatska (“continental Croatia”) which are divided across smaller vinogorje (literally, “wine hills). The indigenous grape variety – Tribidrag (also called Crljenak), has recently attained a massive uptick due to the research to identify the roots of Zinfandel and its popularity in the United States.
Running from Istria in the north to Dalmatia to the south, Primorska Hrvatska is lucky to have long, hot dry summers and mild, short, wet winters which is particularly well suited to wine production. Where on the north coast the focus is on fruity dry wines and bold dry reds, further south in Dalmatia the islands and hillsides have a large variety of microclimates and use of indigenous grapes. Central Croatia (Kontinentalna Hrvatska) region experiences typical continental climate with cold winters and hot summers leading to concentration on production of white wines with the widely planted Graševina, which yields light, crisp, refreshing, mildly aromatic wines.