In Croatia, winegrowing dates from farther back than the Roman times, over 2500 years for the Dalmatian islands of Vis, Korcula and Hvar.
Surface : 60 000 ha Production : 1,3 Mhl
- Soils : limestone and clay, volcanic debris
- Climate Mediterranean.
- Main grape varieties : Reds: crljenak kastelanski, plavac mali (derived from Zinfandel), babic, dobricic. and Whites : posip, bogdanusa, malvazija (malmsey), zlahtina.
Two main regions: one continental (Slavonia) and the other along the Adriatic coast (Dalmatia and related islands, Istria)
There is no controled denomination of origin, but there is a codified classification:
- Vrhunsko Vino: Premium Quality Wine
- Kvalitetno Vino: Quality Wine
- Stolno Vino: Table Wine
- Arhiv : "millésimé", with a minimum of 5 years in cellar after harvest and 3 years in bottle.
Site : www.winesofcroatia.com