Croatia stretches over Central and Southeastern Europe with a very long coastline hugging the Adriatic Sea.
Tribidrag is genetically identical to Zinfandel and the oldest recorded name for the variety.
Plavac Mali (offspring to Zinfandel) and considered “king of the Croatian wines”.
Teran found mostly in western Istria region
Babić found mostly in the Central Dalmatia region
Graševina (most planted grape variety in Croatia)
Pošip found mostly in Dalmatia region
Malvazija Istarska (second most planted grape in Croatia)
Grk found mostly on Lumbarda, a small island off the coast
Debit found primarily in the Dalmatia region
Generally speaking, the majority of white wines that I tasted were very aromatic, dry, crisp, light and fresh, with a perfect balance of fruit, citrus, and minerality. I must admit that the white wines were my favorite.
The red wines run the gamut from soft to chewy tannins with layers of dark fruit, spice and herbs that are full-bodied and robust to softer medium-bodied reds of cherry, sweet berries, spice and floral.
As I said earlier, this is just a quick introduction to Croatian wine…I have more to cover! The names of the varietals can be daunting, but I hope I have peaked your curiosity enough to pick up a bottle the next time in you’re in a wine shop. If you do, share your thoughts with me!
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