Croatian wine

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Croatian wine, like most European wine, has a history dating back before the rise of the Roman Empire. Once famous for their rich, fruity white wines, many of the vineyards and wineries along the Adriatic coast in the former Yugoslavia were destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. However, Croatian wine has recently started to re-emerge in the world market as local and foreign investors attempt to restore the local wine industry.

Croatia, which is situated along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, is ideal for grape cultivation with its hot, humid summers and mild winters. Located along hillsides and slopes, wine regions along the coast receive many hours of sunlight, which is also ideal for grape production. The coastal region includes four primary wine producing areas including: Istria, Northern Dalmatia, the interior of Dalmatia, and Central/Southern Dalmatia. These regions are famous for producing fruity, dry white wines from a wide range of grape varieties, most famously the Malvazija and GraĊĦevina grapes. Along with these native grapes, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are also grown in the coastal regions of Croatia.

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