Vrbnicka Zlahtina Croatian Wine
The island of Krk (to the south-east of Rijeka) is the home of Vrbnicka Zlahtina. This is a delightful white wine made from white Zlahtina grapes (Zlahtina Bijela), which is a native speciality of Krk.
Vrbnicka Zlahtina in common with most Croatian whites is fulsome and rounded but also oustandingly fruity in both the bouquet and taste. Drink temperature for this Croatian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
Kastelet Croatian wine
Grasevina is the local name for Welsch Riesling that is known in Slovenia as Laski Riesling. Some very special white Croatian wines are made here from Grasevina, especially in the district of Kutjevo in Slavonija. This is a fine dry white wine that is elegant and fresh. Drink temperature for this Croatian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). Other good Croatian whites include those made from Rhine Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. None of these Croatian wines though has the same finesse as the Grasevina from Kutjevo. Small amounts of red Croatian wine are now also being made in the interior.
Two very acceptable Croatian wines originate from the chalky surrounds of Kastel, slightly north of Split. These are the white and red Kastelet wines.
The white is an approachable and fresh dry wine. Drink temperature for thsi white Croatian wine is 8-10°C. The red is made from Plavac Mali and Vranac grapes and is a very pleasing wine that is full-bodied and amenable. Drink temperature for this red Croatian wine is 14-16°C (57.2°-60.8F).
Plavac Croatian Wine
The island of Brae lies off the coast from Split. Plavac made here is a very nice red Croatian wine. The best Plavec comes from the small town of Bol to the south of the island. Bolski Plavac is a very special red Croatian wine that is full-bodied, powerful, and fleshy. Drink this Croatian wine at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).
Ivan Dolac Croatian wine
The island of Hvar to the south of Split is renowned for its hot sun and red Ivan Dolac. This Croatian wine is solely made from grapes in a small enclave of just 8 hectares from which the Plavac Mali grapes are hand picked. Ivan Dolac is one of the better Croatian reds and it is full-bodied, powerful, warm, and rounded. Drink this Croatian wine at 16°C (60.8°F).
Faros Croatian wine
Another good red from the island of Hvar is the Faros made from Plavac Mali. The name of this Croatian wine is derived from the settlement of Pharos in ancient Greece. You can drink this Croatian wine at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).
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