Croatian wine-growing with 650 square kilometres in cultivation mainly consists of a fairly large number of small areas. It is not worthwhile during this period when the Croatian industry is re-building itself to describe each of these areas individually. One of the attractive aspects of Croatian wine-growers is their determination to improve their native varieties of grapes.
This makes it more difficult for them to sell their very specific wines of local character but increasing numbers of consumers are discovering that the native grapes guarantee greater authenticity of the terroir.
The island of Korcula is south of Hvar and at a similar latitude to Peljesac. The superb Pošip white wine made here is probably the best known Croatian wine made from the native variety of grape of that name and has been made from these grapes for centuries. The grapes are entirely hand picked. Pošip is a delightful full-bodied, rounded, and powerful white elevated from others by superb fruitiness in both inose and taste. Drink this Croatina wine at 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
Excellent Croatian wine is made in Porec and Rovinj in the region of Istra from Malvasia (Malvazija) grapes. This is a fresh and fruity dry white. Drinking temperature for this Croatian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
There are also several interesting red Croatian wines from Istra of which the first choice should be the Teran. The Merlot from Istra is well made but lacks identity.