There are few countries like Croatia, relatively small but extremely diverse in scenery, climate and soil. Generally speaking, Croatia has very favourable conditions for growing grape vine. It is located in a moderate climate zone with influences of continental climate from one side and Mediterranean climate from the other.
Over a thousand years of grape growing tradition and numerous
high quality indigenous sorts.
The grape growing tradition in Croatia is over a thousand years
old so it comes as no surprise that Croatia has been exporting wine
since the ancient times. Records of this can be found in
"Deipnosophistae," a work by the Greek writer Athenaeus, who writes
about the superb quality of wine on the Croatian island of Vis. It
is worth mentioning that over the centuries Croatia has preserved
as many as 130 indigenous grape varieties through continuous
cultivation. This is especially important in Dalmatia where 85% of
all wines are produced from indigenous varieties.
What does this all mean for wine lovers? It means that Croatia
offers a wide variety of wines that reflect its varied geography
and long wine making tradition, and because of this, we are able to
select wines ranging from mild and aromatic white wines made in the
Northern parts of Croatia to strong and rich-tasting red wines
produced in the Southern parts of the country.