Croatian Wine on the Rise
above: Krauthaker Vineyards
Slavonia and the Croatian Danube are situated to the east of the Uplands and are bordered to the north by Hungary, to the east by Serbia and to the south by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Slavonia is highly regarded for white wine made from Graševina, known elsewhere as Welschriesling and Riesling Italico. It’s crisp, clean and has bracing minerality, perhaps from the volcanic elements in the soil.
The town of Kutjevo is considered the heart of Graševina cultivation, and the cooperative tasting room here is known as Kolijevka Graševina—The Cradle of Graševina.
Wine is also made from other white varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wine is made from Blaufränkisch and several other international varieties.
One of the best-known producers is Vlado Krauthaker, who started modestly with two acres. Today, his Krauthaker Vineyards and Winery encompasses 70 acres. He also buys grapes from 135 neighboring acres. Other quality producers include Čamak, Enjingi, Galić, Mihalj and Markota.
Sitting directly on the banks of the Danube River, Iločki Podrumi, the second-oldest winery in Europe, had its wine served at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.