The Dalmatian Wine Region

The Dalmatian Wine Region

Unlike in other wine regions, the most common grape varieties in Dalmatia are red ones that thrive in the rough and difficult-to-reach terrain of some of the most beautiful islands in the region.

 

Dalmatia is one of the four wine regions in Croatia and covers the area from the city of Zadar and its hinterland to the Konavle municipality in the far south. The earliest written records on domestic vine cultivation originated in this region, which traditionally still gives preference to the production of red wine over white wine. Dalmatia has some of the most beautiful wine-growing areas in Croatia, which include difficult-to-reach and challengingly steep slopes that produce superior specimens of grapevines.

 

The red Plavac mali and the white Pošip varieties are the protagonists of Dalmatian winemaking. The attention of numerous wine lovers is especially drawn to the large number of indigenous varieties, such as the Kujundžuša, Plavina, Maraština, Bogdanuša, Debit, etc., whose value is being increasingly recognised by Dalmatian winemakers. Among these varieties is also Tribidrag, Crljenak or Zinfandel, which has been pinpointed as one of the predecessors of Plavac mali. Plavac mali grows best on the steep slopes of the Pelješac Peninsula and the islands of Hvar and Brač, which offer incredible views of the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and the horizon in the distance.

 

In addition to the two islands above, Korčula also has an important role in this wine-growing region as the place of origin of Grk and Pošip, indigenous white varieties that produce renowned, high-quality wines. Babić and Debit are also grown in the surrounding areas of the towns of Šibenik and Primošten and the village of Nadin, as well as some international red varieties that are also present in the Dubrovnik hinterland and Konavle. Another interesting variety is grown in the far south of Croatia – Dubrovnik Malvasia, which produces dry and sweet wines after the berries are lightly dried. In the last ten years, the entire Dalmatia has seen a continued increase in the number of small winemakers, who are using state-of-the-art technology to get the best that nature has to offer and gaining international recognition for their efforts.