The Finest 8 Authentic Wines Made in Croatia

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We present to you our selection of the best and finest authentic wines in Croatia.

Croatia is becoming very popular for its wine production due to indigenous grape varieties that shape the country’s oenological identity.

As the finest dishes are mostly accompanied by fine wine we are presenting you eight varieties, almost every Croatian region has one grown on Croatian soil.

Istrian Malvasia

Over the past century, the Istrian malmsey has been born the title of the most famous and ubiquitous wine of our peninsula. This grape variety is grown on the entire Istrian peninsula, as well as in the neighboring countries of Slovenia and Italy. Depending on the chemical processing procedure, nurture, and vintage year, its color varies from straw to golden yellow. Its scent primarily reminds us of the locust flower scent.

There are three basic types of wine made from this white grape variety: base Malvasia, a lower-quality wine intended for fast consumption; fresh Malvasia, which carries the IQ (Istrian Quality) mark, is produced from high-quality grapes and has a shelf-life of up to three years; and matured Malvasia that hits the markets no earlier than two years after the grapes are picked, and can last several years. The contents of its main components make her an average to-full bodied wine, its volume of alcohol ranging from 11.5 to 13.5 with a delicate bouquet and fresh taste. It complements most superbly the entire variety of Mediterranean cuisine.

Teran

The Istrian counterpart of malmsey is Teran. Teran and its subtype Refosc are both considered the pristine, indigenous wines of Istria. Its bouquet is fruit-like and its special taste is easily recognized. It is in excellent harmony with heavier, more caloric dishes, such as local stew, sauces, and venison.

Momjanski Muskat

A great many connoisseurs of Istrian wines will tend to rank the highest the Istrian muscatel or, to be more specific, the muscatel produced in and around Momjan, owing to its gold-like color, intense bouquet of wild clove pink, and its exquisite aroma. Dry and sweet. A worthy complement of desserts and many other delicacies. Even aphrodisiac power has been attributed to it.

Welschriesling

This variety, called Grasevina in Croatian, is also known under the names of Laško Riesling, Riesling Italico or Italian Riesling, Olasz Riesling, or Grasica. It is an international grape variety grown in Croatia and other countries in Central and East Europe. It is popular among winegrowers and winemakers because it is fruitful and resistant to diseases, and produces a steady yield year after year.

It is predominantly grown in the regions of Slavonia and Podunavlje and pairs well with fattier foods characteristic of Slavonian cuisine. It is mainly cultivated in the Kutjevo wine country and the southern slopes of Papuk and Krndija mountains, but it has also had success in the far south of the country, in Konavle.

One of the benefits of the Welschriesling is that it can be used to produce various types of wines, which enables winemakers to be creative when it comes to different styles. There are now fresh and mineral Welschriesling wines on the market, as well as more complex wines made after a late harvest, a selected harvest of dried grapes, or an ice harvest, all of which produce sweet and aromatic “predicate” wines served as an aperitif or dessert wine.

Zlahtina

Zlahtina or Zlajtina is an indigenous white grape variety of the Croatian Littoral region. It is mostly grown on the island of Krk, specifically on the Vrbnik Field, which produces the most widely known wine from this grape variety, the Vrbnik Zlahtina (vrbnička žlahtina), which bears the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Zlahtina is considered a high-yield variety. The dry wine it produces is clear, golden-yellow, and moderately strong, with a fruity aroma, high minerality and mild salinity, and a smooth and harmonious taste.

In addition to being used for winemaking, Zlahtina is also a delicious table grape variety with a full body and thick skin. The main properties of wines produced from this variety come to light during the first two years, which means that Zlahtina is not a wine that should be kept longer than that. Although it is considered to have a short shelf life, it can be used to make sparkling wines by fermenting them in tanks.

Plavac mali

Plavac mali, known also as Plavac, Plavac mali crni, and the like, is a popular indigenous variety that originated in central and southern Dalmatia, where it is still one of the predominant varieties.

The most suitable areas to grow Plavac mali vines are hills facing south, in places such as Dingač and Postup on the Peljesac peninsula, Sveta Nedjelja, Zavala, and Ivan Dolac on the island of Hvar, and the village of Murvica on the island of Brac. It takes a while to ripen, it favors difficult terrain, and it’s resistant to diseases. Plavac Mali from the village of Dingac was the first wine to receive special recognition for its quality in the area of present-day Croatia, in 1961. It can produce strong wines with high alcohol content and strong flavors, as well as light fruity wines that are usually available in a more affordable price range.

Posip

Posip, Posip bijeli, Posipak, and Posipica are all local names for this indigenous white grape variety. It comes from the island of Korcula, and can also be found on the islands of Lastovo and Mljet. Posip thrives on sandy soils, is protected from wind, and gives large clusters that produce high-quality, delicious wine. The golden-yellow wine is dry, offering a strong aroma of dried apricots and figs, and has 12–13% of alcohol.

Posip wines have a distinct fragrance and high acidity levels, and they make for great wines to store and age. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded white varieties, which is associated with Korcula because it has been cultivated there since ancient times. In 1967, the wine that came from the village of Cara on Korcula became the first white wine in Croatia to be awarded the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), and it still holds value today.

The Pošip variety is steadily gaining importance in southern Croatia, spreading and being grown on the mainland as well, in vineyards that are sprouting up across Dalmatia.

Babic

Babic is an indigenous red grape variety grown mostly in Dalmatia, which produces dark, dense, and tasty wines that are highly valued. In Croatia, it is also known under the names of Sibencanac, Babica, Babicevic, Roguljanac, and Pazanin, and there are two widespread subvarieties of it – Babic veliki and Babic mali.

The two Babic varieties differ in the size of the clusters, and wines produced from Babic mali also contain a higher amount of sugar and alcohol and are more full-bodied. Babic is a dark blue grape variety, with medium-large berries characterized by thin and soft skin and juicy flesh.

Babic grows best in the areas of Jasenovik, Strana, Kremik, Bucavac, and Trovrh around the town of Primosten, where it has been cultivated since the very beginnings of local winegrowing, as well as in the Kastela wine hills, Sibenik hinterland, and the island of Brac. Babic is characterized by high acidity and tannin levels and high alcohol content, which make it suitable for a long aging process and long-term storage.

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Packing list – adventure travel
One word: versatility. Your destination and the duration of time you’re traveling generally dictates what—and how much—to bring along. But whether you’re living out of your bag for two weeks or four months, pack clothes that can do double duty, ones that are functional enough for the trail but sharp enough not to stand out in a city. Sun hats can become rain hats, backpacks with detachable daypacks free your hands when lugging your gear from bus stop to hotel, and a good pair of travel pants with a concealed zipper pocket could stand in for a money belt.

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Travel Items
• passport + photocopy of front page of passport
• airline tickets
• travel insurance
• wallet (cash, credit cards, traveler’s cheque, ID Card)
• money belt
• medications
• list of contact addresses and telephone numbers
• backpack
• daypack
• multi-tool or pocket knife
• headlamp
• camera, memory card/film, charger/extra camera batteries
• ziploc plastic bags
• travel alarm clock / calculator
• small umbrella
• reading material
• International electric adapters

Clothing
• 2 to 3 synthetic/wicking polo shirts or t-shirts or 1 to 2 short-sleeve blouses, gauzy material
• fleece jacket or vest
• rainjacket (gore tex or similar)
• convertible nylon pants or a few skirts
• underwear and socks
• clothing and shoes for downtime and restaurants
• lightweight sarong
• sun/rain hat
• mid thigh-length shorts
• swimmsuit
• sleepwear
• sunglasses

Footwear
• waterproof sandals (or flip-flops for public showers)
• trail-running or hiking shoes
• “dress up” shoes (or buy them in-country)
• hiking socks
Toiletry Kit
• super-absorbent camp towel
• dramamine, or other motion sickness tablets
• anti-diarrhea medicine
• anti-bacterial cream
• insect repellent
• sunscreen and lip ointment
• handi Wipes
• feminine products
• shaving accessories

Repair Kit
• safety pins (keep straps together, etc.)
• clothespins (keep curtains closed and hang clothing to dry)
• mini sewing kit

Packing list – Cycling Holidays
Complete packing list for adventure travel
Bicycling Clothing & Gear
• bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
• bicycling shorts
• short-fingered bicycling gloves
• brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
• lightweight jacket or vest
• breathable windproof and waterproof rain jacket
Optional Bicycling Clothing & Gear
• arm and knee/leg warmers
• headband that covers ears (worn under helmet)
• synthetic mid-weight socks
• toe covers or booties (worn over clip-in bike shoes)
• bicycling tights
• windproof outer gloves (worn over biking gloves)
• lightweight but warm cycling cap that fits under helmet (skullcap)
• hydration backpack
• personal biking gear and helmet

Packing list – Walking/Hiking Holidays
Complete packing list for adventure travel
Walking/Hiking Clothing & Gear
• waterproof hiking boots/shoes
• walking/hiking shorts
• long-fingered, waterproof gloves
• lightweight windproof jacket/vest or warm sweater
• synthetic walking/hiking pants
• synthetic T-shirts
• walking sticks optional

Packing list – Sea Kayak Holidays
Complete packing list for adventure travel
Sea Kayaking Clothing & Gear
• water bottles/hydration pack
• dry bags
• synthetic T-shirts
• waterproof sandals
• swim suit and spare
• towel
• hat: baseball or wide-brim
• polypro long-sleeve top
• suncream & lipsalve
• gloves

Packing list – Multi-Sport Holidays
Complete packing list for adventure travel
Bicycling Clothing & Gear
• bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
• bicycling shorts
• short-fingered bicycling gloves
• brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
• lightweight jacket or vest
• breathable windproof and waterproof rain jacket
Optional Bicycling Clothing & Gear
• arm and knee/leg warmers
• headband that covers ears (worn under helmet)
• synthetic mid-weight socks
• toe covers or booties (worn over clip-in bike shoes)
• bicycling tights
• windproof outer gloves (worn over biking gloves)
• lightweight but warm cycling cap that fits under helmet (skullcap)
• hydration backpack
• personal biking gear and helmet

Sea Kayaking Clothing & Gear
• water bottles/hydration pack
• dry bags
• synthetic T-shirts
• waterproof sandals
• swim suit and spare
• towel
• hat: baseball or wide-brim
• polypro long-sleeve top
• suncream & lipsalve
• gloves

Notice On Filing Customer's Complaints

Pursuant to Article 8 Paragraph 2 of the Law on Consumer Protection (Narodne Novine Official Gazette No. 97/07 and 125/07 – corr. 79/09 and 89/09 – corr., 133/09), we inform our clients that complaints regarding the quality of our services can be submitted in writing to:
Fiore d.o.o., travel agency, Mate Vlašića 6, 52440 Poreč, Croatia or sending to following E-mail address: adventure@fiore.hr

You will receive a response to your complaint in writing within 15 days of receipt of the complaint. Required information: name and surname of the person filing the complaint, the exact address for submission of responses.

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