Cracking Croatian Wine: Dalmatian Mainland
Most visitors to Croatia flock to the islands, which are beautiful. However, there's a lot to be discovered on the Dalmatian mainland. It's home to unique wine grapes and regional Croatian cuisine.
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In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. There was so much to share about Dalmatia that we ended up shooting five episodes on the region. This is the fourth episode about Dalmatia, ‘Cracking Croatian Wine: Dalmatian Mainland’.
Croatian Food & Wine On The Dalmatian Mainland
Most visitors to Croatia flock to the islands, which are beautiful. However, there’s a lot to be discovered on the Dalmatian mainland. It’s home to unique wine grapes and regional Croatian cuisine.
Local wine grapes Babić, Lasina, Plavina, Debit, Maraština, and Zlatarica can all be found on the Dalmatian mainland. The region is also home to distinct local cuisine, especially in the Neretva delta. Mainland Dalmatia is also home to one of the most famous wineries in Croatia.
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Timestamps: Cracking Croatian Wine Dalmatian Mainland
(1:15) Join us for a road trip up the mainland coast to Komarna. It’s the newest wine region in Croatia, producers such as Rizman, Volarević, and Terre Madre are pumping out some impressive wines from Plavac Mali and Pošip.
(1:33) Check out the green Neretva Delta. It sticks out like a sore thumb in bone-dry Dalmatia. The area is home to some of the most unique Croatian food.
(1:50) Meet Vjekoslav Prović of Prović Winery and Hotel Merlot. They are a family-run winery that produces delicious fresh Chardonnay, Bordeaux Blends, and white wine from the rare grape Zlatarica. Vjekoslav talks about this rare grape.
(3:15) Join us for a traditional Neretvan lunch. The unique mix of fresh and saltwater in the delta provides a home for a local species of eel and blue crab. The Prović family cooks us up some classic dishes like blue crab pasta, grilled eel with polenta, and frog & eel brodet.
(4:37) Take a road trip with us up to the village of Primošten. Just outside this village is a UNESCO-listed vineyard named Bucavac. This stone-lattice vineyard is where the best Babić is grown. It’s a red Croatian wine grape that shows a lot of potential.
(5:06) Check out the village of Skradin, which is home to one of Croatia’s gems, Krka National Park.
(5:19) Come with us to the village of Plastovo where we meet Ante Sladić Winery. He works with the local red grapes Lasina and Plavina in addition to the white grapes Maraština and Debit.
(5:36) Ante discusses the local Croatian wine grapes of the Dalmatian mainland.
(7:31) Take a stroll down to the road to Bibich Winery. This winery is one of the most famous Croatian wineries abroad. Proprietor and winemaker Alen Bibić was notably featured on an episode of No Reservations with the late-Anthony Bourdain.
(8:40) Alen Bibić takes some time to talk about the grapes Babić and Debit.
(10:16) Have brunch with us at Bistro Arka on the Skradin Marina. They are famous for having the best pršut (prosciutto) in Croatia. The bistro is also famous for making a legendary dish known as Skradin risotto.
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