Croatia’s coastline and gem-like islands not only provide a setting for a memorable trip with spectacular scenery and fascinating history, but the ideal backdrop for a wine-soaked getaway. While those outside of the region may not be familiar with Croatian wines, viticulture holds a long legacy here. One of the reasons may be that their names are difficult to pronounce, with characters like č or ž, but once you sample them, they’re likely to be at the forefront of your mind long after your visit.
You’ll find many wineries for tasting the country’s fantastic wines, whether you’ll be visiting independently, embarking on an excursion that’s part of a small ship cruise, or any other way you’d like to explore. One of our favorite ways, other than chatting with winemakers directly, is to sample them on a home-hosted visit that includes the chance to help a family matriarch prepare a multi-course meal complemented with local wine. But no matter what your itinerary, before you embark on your escape, you’ll want to know about these top Croatian wines and the wineries that produce them to make the most of your time.