The island's wines – pleasant, fresh and enchanting

The island of Hvar is a place where the sun and the land live in perfect harmony. Its winegrowing tradition dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Investing all their efforts and skills, the islanders succeeded in turning grapes into wines that are among the best island wines of Croatia.

Warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters and a high insulation of 2730 hours of sunshine per year (or 7.5 hours per day) are particularly favorable for winegrowing. The precipitation calendar is also favorable towards the quality of the grapes, along with the low humidity during the grape growing and ripening period, while being unfavorable conditions for plant diseases to develop.

Several grape cultivars are used in wine production, primarily Plavac Mali and Plavac Veliki red wine grape varieties and Bogdanuša, Maraština and Prč white wine grape varieties. There are also Drnekušica, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pošip, Kuč, Muscatel and several other old autochthonous cultivars.

Top-quality wines of the island of Hvar are produced from the Plavac Mali variety grown on the steep southern slopes of the island. Quality wines are produced from grapes grown on the central longitudinal ridge, at an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level and on the northern part of the island.

The Plavac grapes are well known from Trogir to Ston; however, those grown on the island of Hvar are indeed special. The dark blue grapes ripen in vineyards that are exposed to the sun longer than on any other island. The composition of soil, especially between Zavala and Veli Biskup by Sv. Nedjelja on the southern part of the island, contributes to the production of full-bodied ruby-colored wines.

The northern part of the island is characterized by complex topography – there are fields, hills and mounts favorable for growing Plavac grapes. Famous winegrowing locations in Pitve, Vrisnik, Svriče and Vrbanj give fruit that produce pleasant, fresh and balanced Plavac quality wines.

Alongside the top-quality and quality Plavac wines, there are also white wines and prošek (dessert wine made from dried wine grapes) produced on the island of Hvar. For this we can thank the esteemed winemakers who cherish the tradition of their fathers and of the island, and invest not only their enthusiasm and effort, but also their knowledge in oenology.

We would like to invite all fine wine lovers (and all those yet to become wine lovers) to visit the winegrowers of Hvar and their taverns. Cheers!