Croatia is a wine-producing country located in Southeast Europe, with a long and rich history of winemaking dating back to the ancient Illyrian times. The climate in Croatia is influenced by the Adriatic Sea, with a Mediterranean climate along the coast and a continental climate in the interior.
Croatia is known for its indigenous grape varieties, such as Plavac Mali, which is the most widely planted grape variety and is known for its rich and full-bodied red wines. Other red grape varieties grown in Croatia include Teran, Babić, and Crljenak Kaštelanski, which is believed to be the ancestor of Zinfandel.
White grape varieties grown in Croatia include Malvasia, Graševina (Welschriesling), and Pošip. Graševina is the most widely planted white grape variety, producing crisp and refreshing wines with citrus and apple flavors.
Croatia is divided into four main wine regions: Istria and Kvarner, Northern Croatia, Dalmatia, and Central and Southern Croatia. Each region has its own unique terroir and grape varieties, producing a wide range of wine styles from fresh and fruity to complex and age-worthy.