There are great wines to be found when you head off the beaten track and
discover that winemaking in some countries is flourishing, despite (or sometimes
perhaps because) there is no international distribution.
The Wines of Croatia
The dalmatian coast of Croatia is where you will find some of the finest
wines on earth.
Grk. ( pronounced "gurk'' which rhymes with "turk") is a grape
varity grown only around the village of Lumbarda on the island of Korcula,
2 hours drive north west from Dubrovnik.
Grk grows in fine sandy soil and is processed into a rich desert wine that
when conditions are right is a match for absolutely any other desert wine
on the planet.
Sadly, there is no export market due to the low volumes of production, a
hangover from the communist years when private individuals were limited to
making wine only for the state or their own consumption.
Posip white wines from the middle of the island are again intensly rich with
a buttery quality rarely found in more well known whites.
The reds of the area are equally worthy of exploration, in particular. Just
a mile across the water from Korcula on the Peljesac peninsula a wine called
Plavac Mali is curiously reminicient of a Zinfandel but with much more added
depth and many harmonious notes not found in its rather insipid californian
Dingac and Postup are two more local wines which are of variable quality,
ranging from stunningly good to undrinkable, depending on the skill of the