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Croatian wine story

Climate and location are everything when it comes to growing good grapes and Croatia has both.

Have you looked at the map of Croatia and thought it looks a bit like a horseshoe?

A small country of 56,594 sq km (21,851 sq miles) and population of 4.4 million, Croatia boasts an unusual and unique geography, characterised by a mixture of mountains, plains, forests and a long coastline. Croatia has two very different climatic regions, Continental and Mediterranean.

Want a fun, sociable, luxurious event just for you and your friends? The nice and easy way to get to know our wines is to attend one of our tasting events or let us organise one for you.

We run tasting events in private homes, wine bars and restaurants across the UK. If you would like to come along and spend a pleasant hour or two in one of our tasting sessions, then please register your interest and we will email you details when an event is local to your area.

Alternatively, if you would like to get involved with the next big thing in wines, we can assist you with organising your own private event at your chosen location and venue to explore all the fun our wine tasting has to offer.

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Continental region

Climate and location are everything when it comes to growing good grapes and Croatia has both.

Have you looked at the map of Croatia and thought it looks a bit like a horseshoe?

A small country of 56,594 sq km (21,851 sq miles) and population of 4.4 million, Croatia boasts an unusual and unique geography, characterised by a mixture of mountains, plains, forests and a long coastline. Croatia has two very different climatic regions, Continental and Mediterranean.

The Croatian interior, which includes the cities of Zagreb and Osijek, is separated from the coast by the Dinaric Mountains.

Here, summers are warm with the average temperature in July at about 22°C although strong heat waves have become more frequent with temperatures reaching 40°C.

Winters get cold, with the average temperature in January ranging from 0°C to -2°C. However, the temperature can drop as low to -27°C. The Velebit and Medvednica (near Zagreb) mountain ranges of Croatia are cooler and get more rainfall. Snow is common at the higher elevations, hence skiing is a very popular sport.

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Costal region

The Croatian Adriatic coast stretches for 1,880 km and includes 1,244 islands which add a further 4,398km of coastline. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate, although it is usually several degrees cooler in the northern Adriatic than in the south.

In the summer, the average temperature is between 24°C and 26°C along the coast with a maximum temperature recorded at 39°C. In winter, the coast has a mean temperature of 2°C in the north and 9°C in the south.

Croatian islands can be very dry. For example, the island of Vis averages only 557 mm of rainfall per year while the island of Brač averages 952 mm. The sunniest island in Croatia is Hvar, with over 2,700 hours of sun per year. Snow is a rare occurrence anywhere along the coast.

The Croatian interior, which includes the cities of Zagreb and Osijek, is separated from the coast by the Dinaric Mountains.

Here, summers are warm with the average temperature in July at about 22°C although strong heat waves have become more frequent with temperatures reaching 40°C.

Winters get cold, with the average temperature in January ranging from 0°C to -2°C. However, the temperature can drop as low to -27°C. The Velebit and Medvednica (near Zagreb) mountain ranges of Croatia are cooler and get more rainfall. Snow is common at the higher elevations, hence skiing is a very popular sport.

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Croatian Wine History

Wine is at the heart of everyday life in Croatia and grown in almost every region of the country. Although many Croatian wines remain undiscovered internationally, wine production is not new in this part of the world. Croatian wine dates back 2,500 years to the ancient Greeks and possibly earlier with the Illyrians.
The plains of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the oldest continuously cultivated vinicultural site in the world dating back to the 4th century BC.

Croatian wine is not as well known here in the UK, mostly because of their recent history. Under the communist system of Yugoslavia, many famous vineyards were nationalised and wine production centred on large cooperatives. Private ownership of the vineyards was discouraged. Quantity rather than quality became the main focus. The Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990’s saw many vineyards and wineries once again destroyed.

In recent years, the Croatian wine industry has returned to the tradition of independent producers. They have reestablished the varieties and stepped up the quality of their wines to a point where they are now acclaimed internationally. Known locally as ‘vino’, Croatian wines are once again competing with the best in the world.

According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, there are 45,357 wine producers in Croatia and 20,393 hectors of vineyard, producing wine from  259 different cultivars of vines.
It is truly rare to find so many grape varieties and types of wine in one country, making Croatia a jewel of the wine industry.

Want a fun, sociable, luxurious event just for you and your friends? The nice and easy way to get to know our wines is to attend one of our tasting events or let us organise one for you.

We run tasting events in private homes, wine bars and restaurants across the UK. If you would like to come along and spend a pleasant hour or two in one of our tasting sessions, then please register your interest and we will email you details when an event is local to your area.

Alternatively, if you would like to get involved with the next big thing in wines, we can assist you with organising your own private event at your chosen location and venue to explore all the fun our wine tasting has to offer.

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