Istria – one of the top 10 winemaking regions in the world
The Istrian terroir consists of four types of soil – black, red, grey and white – meaning that the local varieties of wine you can taste in Istria differ depending on the kind of soil the grapes were grown in. Tasting local wines will help you get to know Istria’s character, simultaneously tame and wild. Discover delicate Istrian Malvasia, robust Teran and sweet Muscat in the cellars of the winemakers who have brought Istria to the very top of the international wine scene. In both 2014 and 2015, Istria was listed as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world, and in 2016 it was among the top 10 wine destinations in Europe.
Get to know Istria’s wines
A local variety, Istrian Malvasia has been grown here since ancient times, but it was not until the 21st century that it reached its peak. It is pale to golden yellow in colour with elderflower on the nose, and its flavour is pleasantly well-rounded. Its refreshing aroma makes an excellent pair with seafood specialties and light meat dishes.
Teran has a unique ruby red colour and a full, fruity scent and flavour. High acidity and tannins round it off and give it its unrepeatable, robust flavour. Some oenologists consider it medicinal due to its high polyphenol content, and it pairs very well with meat goulashes and game dishes.
Momjan Muscat was named after the region in which it is grown, around the town of Momjan in northwestern Istria. Its special position and microclimate makes Momjan Muscat unique among wines. It is golden yellow in colour with a rich flavour and luxurious aroma. It makes the perfect pair to desserts.
NORTHWESTERN ISTRIA: Discover the hidden gems of Croatian winemaking
The fantastic microclimate and unusual combination of various types of soil have made northwestern Istria home to the most celebrated Istrian wines. You will also find some of the best winemakers in all of Croatia right here. Set off on any of the numerous wine routes along the coast and hinterland, and their cellars will beckon you in for a tasting. You can combine your visit to the local wineries with recreation if you decide to go by bike, and you can discover some of Istria’s numerous highlights along the way, such as the romantic lighthouse in Savudrija, the artsy town of Grožnjan and dreamy Motovun.
Meet Novigrad's winemakers
In and around Novigrad, you will find winemakers who create top Istrian and Croatian wines. Taste Teran, Malvasia, Muscat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the cellars along the wine routes surrounding Novigrad. We recommend booking your tastings in advance in order to have the best experience and receive the full attention of your hosts. Find out more about Novigrad’s winemakers at the link below:
Meet Istria’s winemakers
Wine enthusiasts certainly won’t stop at just tasting wines in Novigrad. It would be a true shame to do so because Istria boasts a great number of excellent wineries, where you can learn about the local varieties and meet the winemakers in person. This is your chance to beef up your wine collection with bottles you can find only in Istria. Plan your wine tour:
If you prefer a local recommendation, feel free to ask our staff or visit GoAdria travel agency near the Aminess Maestral Hotel.
For those who want more: wine events in Istria
- Open Cellar Days (last Sunday in May): a day when wineries all over Istria open their cellars, where you can taste their wines alongside a few local delicacies
- Istria Wine and Walk (in May): walking and tasting wines and Istrian dishes at wine & food points in the Upper Buje area
- Novigrad Cittanova Wine Trail (in June): walking along the wine routes of Novigrad; guided tastings and local specialties
- Wine and Walk by the Sea (in September): walking and tasting wines and Istrian dishes at wine & food points in Novigrad
- Istrian Malvasia Festival (in June): a holiday celebrating Malvasia in the company of local winemakers in Brtonigla
- In the Kingdom of Muscat (in July): an event dedicated to Momjan Muscat, held every year in Momjan near Buje
- The Festival of Grapes (third weekend in September): the best-known festival in Buje, held during the grape harvest
- (in November): a festivity celebrating young wine and St. Martin, the patron saint of Momjan