If you enjoy tasting high-quality wines during the dinner or while having a good conversation, you’ll love our list of the best white and red Croatian wines! Make sure to try at least one of the wines from our list while on your trip through Croatia. You will not be disappointed!
These top wines were selected by the professional sommeliers, so you are in good hands.
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Top 10 Croatian red wines
Take a look at our list of the best Croatian red wines and enjoy the rich flavor and pleasant aromas and scents.
1. Clai Brombonero
This spectacular elegant red wine made in Buje, Istria, is full of dark berry fruit, mineral and slightly smoked ripe tannins. It has 15% of alcohol which is perfectly incorporated in the aroma. This wine is made by Giorgio Clai, Istrian winemaker that doesn’t use any kind of pesticide or artificial fertilizers in his vineyards and keeps all the wine production completely organic.
2. Medea Punta Greca
The second place in the top red wines list goes to another Istrian wine – Medea Punta Greca. The fragrant fruit flavor dominates this wine with a magical scent from the Mediterranean herbs. Fragrant notes of vanilla, tobacco and precious wood make this wine worthy of the second place.
3. Veralda Istrian
This wine comes from the same location as Clai Brombonero, from Buje in Istria. It is made from an indigenous Istrian variety – the Refosco. You’ll be intrigued by its intense deep red color and a smell that reminds of raspberries and tobacco leaves.
4. Korak Crni Pinot
Pinot is one of the most challenging and demanding sorts which makes it a very respected grape. This light red wine has a magnificent rich taste that reminds of sweet grapes. It is made in continental Croatia, Jastrebarsko to be exact. The smell and texture of this wine will surely impress you.
5. Saints Hills Dingač Sveta Lucija
Saint Hills Dingač is another high-quality wine produced from Plavac Mali grape in Pelješac vineyard. It is great in combination with grilled and spicy meat dishes as well as spicy fish.
6. Gran Teran Coronica
What makes Gran Teran special is the fact that it is not made every year but only when the grapes are considered suitable. It is completely made of Teran grapes from the vineyard in Umag, Istria. It tastes like berries, cinnamon and clove, with a smoky aroma. It fits great with smoked meat and venison dishes.
7. Babić Gracin
Babić grapes are great at keeping the ideal flavor despite the summer heats. This wine has a higher ratio of acid which fits great with a high ratio of alcohol to make the wine extremely smooth and powerful. This top-notch wine is made in Primošten.
8. OPG Sladić Lasina
This wine is very gentle and elegant, with a rich fruit aroma. It has a ruby red color and a wide variety of complex fragrances for you to enjoy. The wine is made in small village Plastovo, in Dalmatia.
9. Rizman Tribidrag
Tribidrag is a grape sort that is present in Croatian history from the 15th century. It is an established and respected wine grape variety that many famous Croatian artists favorited. This grape grows on the vineyards on the island of Rab.
10. Ciblić Dingač
This wine is made of Plavac Mali grapes and comes from the vineyards of Pelješac. It is a premium quality wine with intense flavors of dark-skinned ripe berries, crowberries, roasted spices and spicy oak. Light and elegant wine with high acidity that suits great at a relaxing dinner with your family or friends.
Top 10 Croatian white wines
If you prefer white over red wine, then we’ll let you enjoy this list of the best Croatian white wines.
1. Graševina Velika Berba
Graševina Velika Berba is a dry, fruity and complex wine with big character. It stays in the bottle for 6 months or more which allows it to mature into a perfectly flavored wine full of extraordinary aromas. This wine suits well with white meat, fish and cheese.
2. Coronica Malvazija
Coronica has wonderful floral flavors, with acacia and almond aromas. After 10 minutes in a glass, you can also feel peaches and apricots. It is lightly creamy and the flavor lasts for up to 45 seconds. This wine is a great choice and suits perfectly with flavors of oysters and asparagus, sardines, raw shrimp and white fish. This wine comes from the west of Istria, the village called Koreniki.
3. Traminac Iizborna Berba Bobica
Traminac wines have been collecting global awards for several years now and it’s no wonder – this wine fascinates with its intense smells of roses and dry tropical fruits mango and papaya. The taste is dominated by the fruit and honey aromas. This wine will delight you with its great ratio of sugar and acidity.
4. Tomac Rizling
Tomac wine has a rich herbal aroma, with grape and lime flavors. A great ratio of acidity and sugar makes this eccentric elegant and complex wine that you’ll surely enjoy. We recommend you taste this wine with sushi and sashimi, raw shrimps, lobsters, crabs…
5. Bolfan Sauvignon
Bolfan wines are made with 100% natural method of wine growing, which, according to the winemaker Tomislav, is the reason this wine is so loved and wins a Decentet World Cup award year after year. This wine is produced in Zagorje, central Croatia, and its fruity aromas and flowery fragrances will not leave you indifferent. You’ll love the complexity of the notes including nettle, green peppers, parsley and celery.
6. Tomac Sauvignon
Tomac Sauvignon is a medium acidic, refreshing wine with notes of baked apple, nectarine, frangipani and flint which ends with a savory, chestnut note.
7. Pošip Nerica
Pošip Nerica is a Dalmatian wine that will tickle your senses with its refresh citrus elements that remind us of grape. After a few minutes in the glass, the wine will release rich scents of polish flowers and peaches. This wine will win you over with its elegance and freshness.
8. Domaine Koquelicot Belaigra Chardonnay
Domaine Koquelicot is a wine made in Gračišće, Istria, by two wine lovers that buy grapes from Istrian vineyards and process the grape in a rented basement near their home. The result of this are stylish and different chardonnay wines with orange peel, vanilla, apricot and caramel notes.
9. Malvasija Kuća Glavić
Malvasija by Kuća Glavić is mineral, light and elegant wine from Konavle, a small region southeast of Dubrovnik. While sipping the wine, you’ll notice wonderful aromas of rosemary, dry flowers, lemon peel and ripe melon.
10. Millenium Tomac
Millenium Tomac is distinguished by its freshness and liveliness. The scent reveals a combination of fruity aromas, the taste is sparkling, light and dry. This wine is a composition of 70% of old wine sorts and 30% of Chardonnay.
I hope you enjoyed our list of top Croatian wines and that you will take our advice and have a teste of at least one of these extraordinary wines!
So, next time you’re in a restaurant in Croatia, make sure to check out this wine list, our list of the best Croatian delicacies and call the waiter. Bon appetit!