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Croatia is a popular tourist destination. People visit the country for its beautiful scenes and tourist attractions. However, the country has gained popularity in recent years for its winemaking history and its incredible vineyards. The country features some of the best wine varieties. Winemaking is also a popular activity in the nation. It is part of its rich history and is recently gaining international recognition.
Croatian wines are characterized by diversity from the small nation’s wide array of climatic conditions. For instance, the Dalmatian region in the country’s south features a hot Mediterranean climate. On the other hand, the Northern region is a cool, green, and damp alpine wine region. The Croatian vineyards boast thousands of years of cultivation. Below are eight of the best Croatian vineyards:
This is the most famous vineyard in the nation, and its name has been protected since 1952. It is based in the very south of Dalmatia, on the Pelješac Peninsula. This location features steep slopes descending several hundred meters from the vineyard to the deep azure sea. The vineyard produces one of the few wines named solely after the vineyard where they are produced on.
This is also one of the best and the most popular vineyards in Croatia’s Primošten area in Dalmatia. This vineyard’s picture is displayed in the United Nation’s lobby in New York as a monument to human toil. Its location is the seldom fertile soils, harsh winter winds, and erosion into the sea. However, landowners built stone pockets holding a few vines to curb this issue, preserving their value. The only way to truly appreciate the Babic variety cultivated here is by tasking it.
Like most Istrian vineyards, Valle is positioned in the interior. It is located at the foot of the historical town of Momjan. This town is where some of the most aromatic Croatian wines are cultivated. The most popular wine cultivated in this area is the Momjan Muscat, translated as Moscato Momiano, a protected wine. The Momjan Muscat is one of those wines whose taste you can never forget.
The Plešivica Region near Zagreb features a group of the best vineyards shaped aligned to form an amphitheatre-like shape. The unique collection of vineyards is called the Plešivica Amphitheatre. Some of the best wine varieties that have adapted to colder climates are cultivated here. Examples of common wine varieties cultivated in this vineyard are; Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
The slopes of St-Urban feature the sunny yet chilly climate of the farthest northwestern Croatian corner. Consequently, this area offers ideal conditions for cultivating first-class Sauvignon Blanc. Besides the fragrant wines, this region is also known for its incredibly delicious local cuisine and spas. For these reasons, it is one of the most popular Croatian destinations for continental tourism.
According to Croatian history, ancient Romans planted their first bine on these picturesque hills. Therefore, it is a corner of paradise for wine lovers. Additionally, it is a great destination to embark on the Međimurje wine road and try some of the stable, complete tastes, fragrances, and seductive colours of wines in the Štrigova wine region. The cellars and wine tasters in this region are guaranteed to charm you as much as the overall environment.
This vineyard is responsible for multiple award-winning samples of the most divine and memorable wines from the Strigova region. Examples of these wines are; Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, White Pinot, Rhine Riesling, Yellow Muscat, and the Green Sylner, to name a few. The only limitation with this vineyard is the short collection of red wines. The only red wines are; Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is also worth mentioning that this region is believed to be where the earth and the sky are fused into one. This makes people feel at home since a home is where the heart is and where you always come back.
This vineyard is located on the mild, long, and wide slopes of the Banska Kosa Hill in Baranja.
This area features ideal conditions for Graševina, Croatia’s favourite wine variety. You can discover why it is a Croatian favourite by drinking it on hot days, the popular gemišt drink.
This is a unique Croatian vineyard with the same name as the village where it is located. The vineyard ascends deep and high into a forest at 385 m above sea level. It is also located on volcanic rock. This is the reason behind the minerality and taste in its wines. The vineyard is famous for its fine wines. It is also known for producing unique wines for special occasions.