13 Words Every Wine Lover Must Know in Croatian

Author(s): Olja Ljubišić Photographer(s): Max Lowe
In this region we have a lot of local indengious varieties, unknown to most wine lovers. At first, it might be overwelming for you when having to choose from a wine list, but it is also a great opportunity to try something new.

Pronounce this: živjeli! Zivjeli is our term for "cheers" and it literally means "live".

Now try again: Zhee-ve-lee ! Yes, I know, it is not easy. The alternative would be "nazdravlje" so lets stick to the easier one. Now have a glass of local wine and try again. Notice it already gets easier off your lips?

You just mastered an important part of your holiday - enjoying a glass of local wine.If you want to pronounce nazdravlje right I recommend having a few more glasses of local wine.

It is common to look the person you are toasting to into the eye.  And never, really never toast with an empty glass! Yeah, I know - why would anybody even consider having an empty glass, right?

In this region we have a lot of local indengious varieties, unknown to most wine lovers. At first, it might be overwelming for you when having to choose from a wine list, but it is also a great opportunity to try something new.

You will taste new flavours and recognize different styles from what you are used to. Ask for recommendations, dont be shy. Even though most places offer their menus in several languages, here is a small overview:

domaće vino – Craft Wine

crno vino - Red Wine  (literally "black wine")

bijelo vino - White Wine

pjenušac - Sparkling Wine

suho/polusuho/poluslatko/slatko - Dry/Semidry/Semisweet/Sweet

vinogorje - Vineyards

Another hint: Croatian wines are classified by quality, which is clearly marked on the label.

  • Vrhunsko Vino: Premium Quality Wine
  • Kvalitetno Vino: Quality Wine
  • Stolno Vino: Table Wine

I recommend that you stick to the first two one.

Živjeli!

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