Istria & Kvarner
White grape originating on Croatia’s Istra peninsular, and now the second most planted variety in Croatia after Graševina. It produces mainly varietal wines, often with a slightly green hue and an appealing honeyed tang. The variety is also known in north-east Italy as Malvasia Istriana.
Teran is an indigenous Istrian wine grape variety and red wine produced by it. The main characteristics of teran are moderate amounts of sugar and very high acids, which over a year exceed 10 grams per liter. Although the same name as a wine on Kras in Slovenia (karst teran), they are two completely different wines.
Chardonnay is one of the most famous wine grape varieties in the world. Believed to be named after the French village of Chardonnay. DNA analysis confirmed that Chardonnay originated (like many other varieties) by crossing between Pinot and Gouais Blanc. Gouais Blanc is an indigenous Croatian variety, unpopular and nearly extinct today.