The Most Well-Known Wine Roads in Croatia

The Most Well-Known Wine Roads in Croatia

Wine roads are tourist attractions drawing in more and more tourists, both domestic and international. They are designed to lead visitors through vineyards and take them on a tour of local landmarks. Marked paths along the wine roads have wine cellars and restaurants where visitors can recuperate with a glass of local wine and traditional dishes. In addition to the standard tours, tourists can also take part in various sports and charity and other events held near vineyards, which are aimed at familiarising visitors with regional customs and enjoying nature and fine wine.

 

Zelina Wine Road

The area around the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina is known for its wine production. The Zelina Wine Road passes through winegrowing villages and provides insight into the wine cellars of around a dozen or so of the most well-known winegrowers and winemakers situated along the wine road. In addition to local specialities and wines produced from various international grape varieties, visitors can also enjoy an indigenous variety from the region of Prigorje, the Kraljevina.

 

Plešivica Wine Road

In the area of Plešivica in the Samobor Hills, there are about forty winegrowers and winemakers. Their estates grow everything from international varieties like the Rhein Riesling, Traminer, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, to indigenous varieties. In addition to the stunning views of the steep slopes covered with orderly rows of vines, visitors can also enjoy wine tastings and local cuisine.

 

Moslavina Wine Road

The Moslavina Wine Road stretches from the town of Popovača, through the village of Voloder and its surroundings, to the town of Kutina. Various international varieties are grown in the vineyards of this central part of the Croatian Uplands region, but among them are also three indigenous grape varieties – Moslavac, Dišeća ranina and Škrlet. While taking a tour of the vineyards and wine cellars, be sure to try at least one of these distinguished wines.

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Istrian Wine Roads

As the biggest peninsula and one of the four main wine regions of Croatia, Istria is filled with wine roads that connect some of the most well-known local wineries. The wine roads of Bujština, Buzeština, Pazinština, Rovinjština, Vodnjanština, Labinština or Poreština wind around Istrian towns and villages, as well as vineyards and wine cellars that produce renowned Istrian wines such as the Terrano, Momjan Muscat, Istrian Malvasia and the like, as well as wines made from some widespread international varieties, such as Pinot blanc and gris, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pelješac Wine Road – A Wine Empire

Pelješac peninsula produces some of the most highly regarded domestic grape varieties. The various spots where grapes are grown are connected by a sparse and hard-to-reach terrain with exquisite views of the sea. The Pelješac Wine Road – A Wine Empire is designed to promote wine tourism and lead visitors to places where the iconic Plavac mali is grown, such as Dingač and Postup, as well as the Maraština variety. The wine road connects wineries and wine tasting rooms, agritourism establishments, taverns and restaurants.

Ilok Wine Road

You don’t have to venture far from the town of Ilok to take a tour of the Ilok Wine Road. Most of the wine cellars are located within the town itself, with wineries around every corner. Vineyards are spread over the hills surrounding Ilok, and the predominant varieties grown there are the Welschriesling, Riesling, Pinot, Sylvaner and the Blue Frankish. The walk from the Odescalchi castle to the Vukovo and Principovac viewpoints is perfect for any lover of fine wine.