Its vineyards produced the ancestor of Zinfandel, and its modern vintages are attracting international attention and awards. As Croatia enters the EU in 2013, European wine consumers will have several new exciting options.
The indigenous wines of Croatia have been an important theme on the trip, including Bogdanusa from Caric, which was discovered at the 2013 BIWC in Sofia by British wine writer Jamie Goode, where it won a silver medal.
The new organic Plavac Mali vineyards of Andro Tomic on Hvar, voted the best in Central Dalmatia for 2013.
The new Bastijana winery north of Hvar Town is home to 14,000 organic Plavac Mali vines.
Magdalena and Sasa Senjkovic (centre, right) with journalist Ana Rogac. One of only three wineries on Brac, Senjkovic has established itself as one of Croatia's most exciting wineries in just five years.
One of Croatia's leading producers, Korta Katarina in Orebic.
Stasa Cafuta Trcek
Vinistra is Croatia's most important wine fair each year.
Indigenous grapes, rolling hills, hilltop villages - the majesty of Istria.
Tasting the 2011 Opolo rose with Sebastijan Tomic in the Romanesque Bastijana tasting rooms in Jelsa