Culinary delights in Croatia: Istria and its wine culture

In our new series, we want to take a look at the culinary aspects of Croatia. The country is so diverse, and no matter which region you travel to, you’ll always find something absolutely delicious!


In this article, we take a closer look at wine from the Istria region. The peninsula in the north of Croatia is full of vineyards and wineries! Here you will find delicious and world famous wines. Whether white or red, every wine connoisseur will find something here. We don’t want to deprive you of the best wines, so you can taste them or take them home with you.

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Istria and viticulture - tradition and uniqueness

The gentle hills of Istria have been used as a wonderful wine-growing area for thousands of years. Even the ancient Romans and Greeks knew this. During a visit to Istria, you can not only admire the breathtaking Istrian landscapes, but also learn more about its wine culture. We highly recommend a tour and wine tasting to immerse yourself in the heavenly world of Istrian wine.

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Visit various vineyards

Stroll along the beautiful vineyards and talk directly to the winemakers to learn more about the famous Istrian wine. Along the wine roads you will find hundreds of small and large wineries, a dream for every wine connoisseur! You won’t be able to avoid a wine tasting on the spot, because the Mediterranean ambience combined with the concentrated knowledge of the local winemakers is unbeatable. The wines are paired with local dishes such as seafood, fish, cheese or ham – an unmistakable and aromatic combination that must be savored!

Especially the northwestern region is full of wineries. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Istrian wines. Many of them are winners of international competitions and can be found in top restaurants in New York or London. Be sure to look for names like Benvenuti, Kozlović, Franković or Kabola, the largest wine producers in Istria.

An insider tip from us is a breathtaking bike ride through the vineyards, for example in the Momjan region, to taste the wonderful Muscat wine!

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You should try these wine varieties!

Istrian white wines are characterized by their fruity notes and are all relatively dry. There are both local and imported varieties that develop a unique taste due to the Istrian climate. And even though Malvazija is the most famous among them, we recommend that you try some of the lesser known white wines. There are some real insider tips hidden among them!

  • Malvazija
  • Momjaner Muskat
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

The red wines of Istria are also tart and fruity in taste and have a beautiful ruby red color. Here, too, there are both local and imported varieties that take advantage of the high iron content in the red soil of the Istrian coast.

  • Teran
  • Moscato Rosa
  • Borgonja
  • Merlot
  • Refosco
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

And what would you like to taste?

Now it’s up to you! Which wines would you like to try? Or can you already share some of your experiences? Please leave a comment so that other wine lovers can get to know Istria better.