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The Croatian wine industry gets its strength from an abundance of native grape varieties and the ambition and experimental fervour of its winemakers. Veronika Crecelius pays a visit.

The Croatian wine industry gets its strength from an abundance of native grape varieties and the ambition and experimental fervour of its winemakers. Veronika Crecelius pays a visit.

In August 2018, the Minister of Agriculture performed a useful service for all those keen to get to know the world of Croatian wine. The country’s many scattered wine areas were officially divided into four main producing regions: two in the interior of the country with a continental or Alpine climate and two on the coast, characterised by a Mediterranean climate. The ‘Croatian Highlands’ in the north-west form a large circle round the capital Zagreb and extend to the border with Slovenia and Hungary. To the east, the Slavonian-Croatian Danube covers further parts of the humid Pannonian plain. Istria-Kvarner runs from the Istrian peninsula across the Kvarner bay with its many islands to the fourth region, Dalmatia, where every single island boasts its own grape variety. Naturally the four large regions are subdivided into smaller places of origin, each with their own character.

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