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Croatian Uplands

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The warm coastal regions give way to the cooler regions of Croatia's interior. The interior of Croatia is divided into two regions, one of which is the Croatian Highlands. The region characterized by its hilly landscape and picturesque small vineyards is located around the capital Zagreb and extends to the long borders of Hungary and Slovenia.

 

With a similar terroir and climate, it is not surprising that there are some comparisons to Hungarian grape varieties and wines. For example, in the Croatian highlands the grape variety Pušipel is found, this same grape variety is called Furmint in Hungary. In Hungary, Furmint is used as the ingredient for one of the best sweet wines in the world Tokaji. This is in contrast to the Croatian Highlands where this grape variety is used to make refreshing, dry wines that can be compared to Riesling wines.

 

Curious about this wine? The Pušipel of Štampar winery is one of the best of its kind! In addition to the Pušipel being comparable to Riesling, Riesling itself is the most common white grape variety in the Croatian highlands. The climate with cold winters ensures that the wines retain their intense aromas and high acidity, while the hilly landscape provides enough sunshine for the vines to stay up late into the winter. This climate is also ideally suited to the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety, which achieves exceptional results in this region. A good example of these exceptional results is the Kamenice Sauvignon Blanc from the Korak winery. These vines are planted on the sunny Kamenice hill in Plešivica which has enabled this Sauvignon Blanc to retain its intense aromas.

 

Compared to other Croatian wine regions, there are few indigenous grape varieties in the Croatian highlands. The most common varieties are aromatic international varieties, such as Pinot, Riesling and Sauvignon. Nevertheless, an indigenous variety can also be found in this wine region, called Škrlet. This young, fresh and accessible wine can be compared to the Austrian Grüner Veltliner and is mainly found on the sunny slopes around Pokuplje and Moslavina.

Croatian Uplands

The warm coastal regions give way to the cooler regions of Croatia's interior. The interior of Croatia is divided into two regions, one of which is the Croatian Highlands. The region characterized by its hilly landscape and picturesque small vineyards is located around the capital Zagreb and extends to the long borders of Hungary and Slovenia.

 

With a similar terroir and climate, it is not surprising that there are some comparisons to Hungarian grape varieties and wines. For example, in the Croatian highlands the grape variety Pušipel is found, this same grape variety is called Furmint in Hungary. In Hungary, Furmint is used as the ingredient for one of the best sweet wines in the world Tokaji. This is in contrast to the Croatian Highlands where this grape variety is used to make refreshing, dry wines that can be compared to Riesling wines.

 

Curious about this wine? The Pušipel of Štampar winery is one of the best of its kind! In addition to the Pušipel being comparable to Riesling, Riesling itself is the most common white grape variety in the Croatian highlands. The climate with cold winters ensures that the wines retain their intense aromas and high acidity, while the hilly landscape provides enough sunshine for the vines to stay up late into the winter. This climate is also ideally suited to the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety, which achieves exceptional results in this region. A good example of these exceptional results is the Kamenice Sauvignon Blanc from the Korak winery. These vines are planted on the sunny Kamenice hill in Plešivica which has enabled this Sauvignon Blanc to retain its intense aromas.

 

Compared to other Croatian wine regions, there are few indigenous grape varieties in the Croatian highlands. The most common varieties are aromatic international varieties, such as Pinot, Riesling and Sauvignon. Nevertheless, an indigenous variety can also be found in this wine region, called Škrlet. This young, fresh and accessible wine can be compared to the Austrian Grüner Veltliner and is mainly found on the sunny slopes around Pokuplje and Moslavina.

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