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.
Hvar Wine Association president Ivana Krstulovic Caric has been a driving force for promoting the Hvar wine story since becoming president in 2012. Here she presents the island's wines at the Tomic winery in Jelsa.
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.
Work begins on the largest vineyard on the Mediterranean islands. High profile visitors included former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and President Stipe Mesic.
Traditional konobas, such as Pinjata in Vrboska, are an essential Croatian wine experience.