by Winebounty Team| Jul 15, 2022

If you haven’t tried Croatian wine before, now is the time. But don’t take my word for it, Wine Enthusiast just gave 4 Croatian wineries high praise. And one wine VERY high praise, to the tune of 97 points.

I got hooked on Croatian wine a few years back when visiting a local wine shop that specializes in Croatian, Greek, and Slovenian wines. I was looking for something unexpected but didn’t realize I was also going to be blown away. The QPR is insane! The indigenous grape varietals are unique (names like Plavac Mali, Pošip, Malvazija Istarska, and Graševina). Never heard of them? Don’t worry, neither had I! And the history of winemaking; we’re talking 2,500 years dating back to the Ancient Greek settlers.

As the wine world continues to travel down the unbeaten path in search of the next best unknown, Croatia is just around that corner. So, listen up. Now is our time to get ahead of that curve and jump on some amazing opportunities before everyone else hears about them — and prices go up and inventory down!

Below are the wines that just recently made the Wine Enthusiast grade, but keep in mind there are so many more that are still waiting to be introduced to the West. Happy Hunting!

Saints Hills

2016 Ernest Tolj Plavac Mali Dingač (WE 97)

2017 St. Lucia Plavac Mali (WE 95)

2017 Black Plavac Mali (WE 93)

2020 Le Chiffre Chardonnay (WE 94)

2021 Mala Nevina (Malvasia and Chardonnay) (WE 93)

Volarević Winery

2018 Platinum Plavac Mali (WE 95)

2016 Gold Edition Plavac Mali (WE 94)

2015 Plavac Mali (WE 91)

Terra Madre Winery

2016 Plavac Mali Premium (WE 91)

2016 Komarna 7 Plavac Mali (WE 91)

2016 Plavac Mali Barrique (WE 90)

Fakin Wines

2018 La Prima Malvasia Istriana (WE 90)

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