A remarkable diversity of wine growing traditions

In Istria

wine is both a passion and a necessity,

part of the culture of life.

A variety of soil, red soil

in the coastal area and white soil in the interior,

adds another dimension to the wine-making


The most famous and widespread wine

is Istrian Malvasia, with a refined aroma and fresh

taste that best accompanies seafood dishes.

The red wines Teran and Refošk are old and indigenous

Istrian wines. Their deep ruby colour,

lively fruity scent and pronounced aroma are

perfect with meat dishes.

Many connoisseurs

of Istrian wines single out Muscat owing to its

golden colour, scent of wild pink cloves and exquisite

aroma. Both dry and sweet, this wine is

perfect to accompany desserts.

Set off and discover the wine roads of Istria,

and their many wine cellars, where an unforgettable

experience awaits you. And on your

way back through the vineyards, intoxicated by

the wine and beauty of nature, don’t forget to

thank Dionysius for favouring the magical Istrian


Typical white varietals

• Malvazija

• Muškat

Typical red varietals

• Teran

• Merlot

• Cabernet sauvignon

The most prominent wine-growing hills

• the hills of Western Istria (Buje, Umag and Pore?)

• the hills of Central Istria (Pazin and Motovun


General Fact File on Croatian Viticulture

Three major vine varietals cover 7% of total vineyard surface area

  • Riesling
  • Malvasia
  • Plavac mali
Registered Wine producers:
  • 17,000
Vineyard surface area in total:
  • 33,000 hectares
Wineries produc ing wines of controlled origin:
  • 800
Wines of controlled origin:
  • 2500
Total produc tion of wine of controlled origin:
  • 61 million litres

Regional sh are of vineyard hectares: Continental Region 49% - Coastal Region 51%

Regional sh are of the number of wine producers: Continental Region 32% - Coastal Region 68%

Total num ber of cultivated vine varietals: 200

The total num ber of ind igenous vine varietals: 60



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