Croatia Wine Tasting
Length: 8 day(s)
Locations: Croatia, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split, Ston, Trogir, and Zadar
Collections: Special Interest Tours
What makes Croatia interesting for wine lovers is the wide variety of wine categories and grape types grown throughout centuries in limited space. Croatia is divided into two main wine making regions: the continental and coastal region.
The delightful continental region with its unspoiled countryside covered with fruitful plains and forests in Slavonia and the amazing green hills in Zagorje and Međimurje are the main providers of white wine varieties. The most widely planted vine is Graševina, which yields light and mildly aromatic wines. Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also grown here, along with Frankovka as the main red wine grape. The food specialties of the Slavonian area abound with hot spices, home grown ingredients and meat. The famous paprika flavored sausage, kulen, is usually served with cottage or dried cheese followed by goulash meat stew or freshwater river fish paprikash. The lovely wine roads of Međimurje and Zagorje, offer a great variety of traditional family run estates where you can taste some famous local cheese pastries such as štrukle or a slice of slow roasted turkey served with mlinci, a sort of special baked noodle.
Along the Adriatic coast small wine growing and olive oil estates can be found almost everywhere. Authentic stone villages and olive mills scattered all over the Istrian Peninsula will transport you to the past. This area is known for producing the Bordeaux reds like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but also by the deep and intense colored Teran, considered the indigenous wine of Istria, together with white Malvazija. One of the most recognizable culinary treasures of this area is the world known Istrian white truffle. The passionate admirers of this delicacy are already familiar with the incredible finding of the world’s largest truffle (2.88 lbs) in the depth of the beautiful Istrian inland. The outstanding scenery of the Dalmatian coast and its undisturbed Mediterranean vegetation is home to a stunning pallet of indigenous grape types. Tasting one of the most regarded Croatian red wines such as Postup and Dingač will take you to a fulfilling journey your senses will never forget! The Dalmatian cuisine closely related with the Adriatic sea and consists a great variety of sea food dishes such as fish stewed brodettos or risottos. Fresh Adriatic fish is usually grilled with local olive oil and served with boiled vegetables which make this cuisine one of the healthiest in the world. A must-try is also Dalmatian and Istrian dried ham.