The Wine Grapes of Croatia

As Croatia’s tourism sector booms, the country’s rich diversity of local grape varieties is increasingly gaining attention. In recent years the white Graševina, known elsewhere as Welschriesling, has been behind a number of exceptional wines, but other exciting grapes are showing their potential. Pošip is perhaps the most exciting of all, capable of giving crisp apple and citrus fruit flavours, but Pušipel, Grk and Maraština have promise, as does Škrlet and Vugava. With the long standing commercial success of Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel in California, it was inevitable that the variety, known as Tribidrag in Croatia, would have an uplift in success. Perhaps more importantly, its genetic relatives Plavac Mali and Vranec fair better here and for lovers of big, heavy red wines, these are well worth seeking out. Dobričić, also a relation, is making a comeback, while the Dalmatian favourite Babić also possesses plenty of rustic charm.

Red Grapes

White Grapes