Istria

Caroline Gilby MW reported that over 10 million tourists a year now visit Croatia. No wonder. The place is a picturesque, holidaymaker’s dream with over 6,000km of Adriatic coastline bathed in a warm Mediterranean climate. It is a sun-seeker’s paradise! The Istrian peninsula, to the north-west of the country, stretches in Slovenia and north-east Italy, and it is home to two of Croatia’s finest grapes: Teran and Malvasija Istarska (malvasia Istriana).

Teran is indigenous to neighbouring Slovenia where its protected but allowed to grow across the Istrian peninsula – including in Croatia where it arguably performs best. At its finest, Teran is a medium-full bodied wine with ripe cherry fruit, excellent acidity and a bitter character of black pepper and herbs. It is almost always oak-matured to soften its tannic nature.

Malvasija-Istarska is indigenous to Croatia and regarded as an ancient variety. Today there are over 2000 hectares of Malvasija planted. Styles can range from fragrant, orchard fruit and easy drinking white wines to mouth-watering, tangy and savoury styles. It is one of the most exciting varieties we’ve tasted.

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Vina Kozlovic Teran Croatian red wine
£14.95

Vina Kozlovic Teran 2016

Vina Kozlovic

Dry white wine, 75cl. Medium bodied, silky 100% Teran from Istria, Croatia. 13.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegans. Vina Kozlovic is a great family winery...

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£14.95
Pilato Malvasija is a fresh and high quality white wine from Istria in northern Croatia
£17.95

Pilato Malvasija 2016

Pilato

Dry white wine, 75cl. Medium bodied 100% Malvazija-Istarska from Istria, Croatia. 13.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegans.  Enjoy the Pilato family's beaut...

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£17.95
Domaine Koquelicot Belaigra Grand Cru Chardonnay from Croatia
£25.00

Domaine Koquelicot Belaigra Grand Cru 2015

Domaine Koquelicot

Dry white wine, 75cl. Full and rich 100% Chardonnay from Istria, Croatia. 12.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.  Richly flavoursome white wine with...

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£25.00
Domaine Koquelicot Cuvee Santa Chiara Chardonnay and Malvasija white wine from Croatia
£19.95

Domaine Koquelicot Cuvée Santa Chiara 2013

Domaine Koquelicot

Dry white wine, 75cl. Full bodied Malvasija and Chardonnay blend from Istria, Croatia. 13.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.  Named after the winem...

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£19.95
Quality Croatian red wine aged in oak Franc Arman Teran Barrique 2012
£29.00

Franc Arman Teran Barrique 2012

Franc Arman

Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied 100% Teran from Istria, Croatia. 13.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.  Ruby red and full bodied with aromas of bla...

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£29.00
Kabola Organic Malvasija-Istarska Croatian white wine from Istria
£18.95

Kabola Organic Malvasija 2015

Kabola

Dry white wine, 75cl. Medium bodied 100% Malvasija-Istarska from Istria, Croatia. 12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians. Organic. From the warm, flo...

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£18.95
Pilato Teran Supreme quality red wine from Croatia
£19.95

Pilato 'Vrhunsko' Teran 2013

Pilato

Dry white wine, 75cl. Medium bodied 100% Teran from Istria, Croatia. 13.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.  'Vrhunsko' (meaning 'Supreme') quality ...

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£19.95
Domaine Koquelicot Kontempo Blanc de Blancs NV Zero Dosage
£29.95

Domaine Koquelicot Kontempo Blanc de Blancs Zero Dose NV

Domaine Koquelicot

Dry sparkling white wine, 75cl. 100% Chardonnay from Istria, Croatia. 12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.  Croatian sparkling wine made in the Bl...

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£29.95
Kabola Organic Vrhunsko Teran 2011 Croatian red wine
£25.00

Kabola Organic "Vrhunsko" Teran 2011

Kabola

Dry red wine, 75cl. Medium-full bodied 100% Malvasija from Istria, Croatia. 14.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians. Organic. Supreme quality organic ...

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£25.00
Kabola Organic Amfora Malvasija Orange Wine from Istria, Croatia
£49.95

Kabola Organic Amfora Malvasija 2009

Kabola

Dry white wine, 75cl. Full bodied 100% Malvasija from Istria, Croatia. 12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians. Organic. Naturally-fermented orange wi...

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£49.95
Vina Kozlovic Malvazija Istarska (Malvasija from Istria) is a fruity and floral style of white wine
£14.95

Vina Kozlovic Malvazija-Istarska 2016

Vina Kozlovic

Dry white wine, 75cl. Medium bodied 100% Malvasija-Istarska from Istria, Croatia. 12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegans. Gianfranco Kozlovic's excellent ...

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£14.95

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