So long is a tradition of wine production in Croatia. Five centuries BC the ancient Greek settlers cultivated grapes on the southern Dalmatian islands of Vis, Hvar and Korčula.
Total wine production in Croatia. The production of wines with a protected mark of excellence amounts to 500,000 hectolitres, making up to 59 percent of the total Croatian wine production. The number of wine in the total production is represented by 6.4 and the remaining by 34.4 percent. (Croatian Bureau of Statistics' data for 2017)
Annual consumption of wine in Croatia exceeds one million hectolitres, while the average consumption per capita is 22 litres per year. (Croatian Bureau of Statistics' data for 2017)
MORE THAN A HUNDRED VARIETIES
In the Croatian vineyards it is possible to find more than one hundred wine varieties. Nevertheless, the leader is Graševina , followed by Plavac Mali and Istrian Malvasia. (Gastronomy web portal www.plavakamenica.hr for 2017)
106 WORLD MEDALS
Croatian wines at the most prestigious world competitions annually win one hundred first prizes. Specifically, in 2017, these achievements relate to exactly 106 world medals.
This was the price of a large, nine-litre bottle of Dingač's “Saint Hills” 2010 harvest. It was sold on an auction of a humanitarian foundation for helping children without parents. Otherwise, the bottle of this wine costs € 500, and won many gold medals.