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 Benvenuti family winemakers - father and sons.
Andrija Caric, director of PZ Svirce, whose wines continue to impress internationally, with the 2008 Ivan Dolac Barrique recently winning organic gold at Biofach Mundus Vini in Germany.
Winery visited were combined with a walking tour of the historic Imostki town centre, including the famous Red and Blue Lakes.
The new organic Plavac Mali vineyards of Andro Tomic on Hvar, voted the best in Central Dalmatia for 2013.
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.