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Croatian Wine 101

Hello, wine lover 🫰

People say Croatia is the Next Big Thing in wine. But with 2,500 years of winemaking history and over 130 native varieties, it is also a big topic.

Let us break it all down for you starting with the key regions, grapes and personalities you should know.

Happy scrolling,

Belle & Zoran

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The northwest corner of Croatia, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, is where the Istrian peninsula works its magic. Among its picturesque hilltop towns is a rich tradition of skin-contact whites and earthy reds waiting to be discovered.

Must try varieties:
Malvazija, Teran, Refošk


Dimitri Brečević

A half-French, half-Croatian winemaker working with traditional Istrian varieties in his signature honest style.
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Home to some of the most extreme, and extremely beautiful, vineyards in the world, Dalmatia is a wine geeks paradise. It's hot and dry summers give us rich textured reds, mineral whites with gorgeous sea spray salinity, and endless hyper-local varieties to explore.

Must try varieties:
Pošip, Plavac Mali, Tribidrag (aka Zinfandel)



Sought out by everyone from in-the-know locals to global billionaires, the Bura-Mrgudić family just does it better.
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Croatian Uplands

The cooler climate and higher altitudes of the Croatian Uplands is where classic Central European and local varieties come into their own. The wines are exceptionally gastronomic, with intense aromas and crisp acidity.

Must try varieties:
Traminac, Frankovka, Škrlet

The Pioneers


True to their Plešivica roots but open to the world, this hard-working family is setting a progressive biodynamic agenda for the region.

OK, just take my money already!

Essential Croatian Grapes 🍇
Fun bubbles, somm favorite Istrian white, and a juicy Dalmatian red. You can thank us later.
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Why Croatian wine could be the Next Big Thing

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Introduction to Croatian varieties

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The origins of Zinfandel and Primitivo

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