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Vine Growing Regions Few countries can offer the variety of vine-growing regions as Croatia. From the Mediterranean heat in the coastal region to the cold slopes of the Alps in the continental region, the country is ripe with the finest quality grapes. The continental region stretches along the Drava and Sava rivers as they flow eastwards into the Danube, where winters are cold and summers are gloriously warm. Superb wines are created from the aromatic fruits grown in the Croatian Uplands, while the terroirs in the Slavonia and Danube region are ideal for the cultivation of Graševina, a Croatian speciality. Vine varieties vary widely in the coastal region, which runs along the Adriatic coast from Istra and Kvarner in the north where Mediterranean and continental climates blend, to Dalmatia in the south where the Mediterranean climate rules. Indigenous vine varieties have been grown along the coast for generations.
Viticulture in Croatia Viticulture dates back to 6th century B.C. in the coastal region and back to 2nd century A.D. in the Continental region. Croats are passionate about wine. Almost half the total wine production never reaches the market, but is for personal use only. Three major varieties are cultivated on almost half the total vineyard area in Croatia - Graševina, Malvazija and Plavac Mali.
Registered wine producers: Total vineyard area: Wineries producing wines of controlled origin: Wines of controlled origin: Total production of wine of controlled origin: Total number of cultivated vine varietals: Total number of indigenous vine varietals:
17000 33000 Ha 800 2500 61M litres 200 60
Data & Map Source: Croatian Chamber of Economy