Home to the "Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik, this region is blessed with a dramatic and seemingly endless coastline, a truly Mediterranean climate, and a landscape where the sparkling sea embraces a wealth of stunning islands, that for many years have been the playground of Europe's elite. Welcome to idyllic Dalmatia!
A journey through Dalmatian wine country has all the ingredients to leave you breathless. With many of the vineyards located precariously on the cliff edges, sloping aggressively down to the sea, it is difficult to comprehend how the vines were first planted here, let alone the labour intensive process to tend for them and harvest the fruits of the earth. Be prepared for historic towns, extraordinary views, hidden coves rich with local oysters, and fabulous seafood around every bend of the spectacular coastal road - all washed down of course by an incredible selection of indigenous wine varieties.
Similar to its norther neighbour, Istria, grapes were introduced to Dalmatia by the Greeks over 2,500 years ago. The steep cliffs, poor soils, hot summers and geographic proximity of the Dinaric Alps, created a micro-climate unsuitable for most agriculture, flora and fauna - but most importantly, extremely suitable for olives and for vines. The result: red wines that are full bodied and ripe, and whites that are mineral and complex. We invite you to experience this wine lovers paradise as you explore the unique flavours of the region's flagship varietals - Plavac Mali and Pošip - for yourself.
DISCOVER THE REGIONS
Imagine yourself in a rustic, unspoilt landscape of rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns, malvazija vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see, and then picture all of this surrounded by the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Welcome to Istria!
The small heart shaped peninsula of Istria is located in the north-east tip of the Adriatic. If you are in search of a cultural and gourmet retreat in Croatia, far from the madding "Game Of Thrones" crowds, then look no further. It is a land of plenty, with it's intricate web of olive oil roads, wine roads, truffle laden forests, and generous coastline. Steeped in history, you have the opportunity to literally walk in the footsteps of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians as you explore the cultural gifts of bygone empires.
Grapes were introduced to Istria by the Greeks as early as the 6th century BC, making the region one of the oldest growing areas in Europe. Istria has the gift of a unique geography and a mediterranean climate, strongly influenced by the cool air descending from the nearby Alps. Warm dry summers combined with daily sea breezes have created an ideal environment for the indigenous varietals, including Malvazija Istarska and Teran, which form an integral part of a centuries old wine culture, recently benefiting from the influx of modern wine-making techniques and investment.
Where the Pannonian Sea once glistened, now the fertile land and golden wheat fields and vineyards of Slavonia stretch as far as the eye can see, cradled by the Sava, Drava and the mighty blue Danube rivers. Welcome to Slavonia, the land of graševina!
This a region rich in both history and tradition. A visit to Slavonia is sure to be a culturally enriching experience, as locals embrace every opportunity to celebrate the diverse and authentic traditions of food, wine, local costume and music, with festivals and festivities held year-round. Less celebrated than its wealthier coastal neighbours, the pride of the people shines strong and bright, and speaks volumes to the viticultural success to date and the future potential of this wine rich land.
While land is somewhat of a constraint in the coastal regions of Dalmatia and Istria, Slavonia is an agricultural region, bordering on the great Hungarian plain, with acres upon acres available for viticulture. Grapes were first introduced here by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Centuries later, wine culture and production continue to flourish. This can be no surprise for a region blessed with the perfect climate and geography for producing arguably the world's best graševina.