Bibendum: Top wine trends for 2019

5. Time for Croatia

“Building on the growing success of Hungary, Croatia now has the chance to grow its reach and become the next Central European country to watch. Over one third of premium, trendsetting outlets list one or more wines from the country, and the diversity of listings both in style and price point makes it a trend to watch.”

Bibendum wine buyer, Jamie Avenell:

“Croatia’s geographic position – bordering Slovenia and being a stone’s throw from Italy – hardly makes it a huge stretch of the imagination as a quality wine producing area, but until recently it hasn’t been that commonly seen in the UK. It offers a fascinating blend of indigenous and international varieties from its four main wine regions. Malvazija Istriana is one of the most important indigenous varieties and the focus of our producer from Istria, Veralda, but they have also won some serious international awards for their work with Refosco, a new addition to our range this year.”

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