A Wine Road for the Grey Istria

By , 25 Mar 2017, 11:38 AM Wine Regions

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If you've ever visited the Istrian Peninsula, you probably noticed that the soil there changes drastically, from very red to quite non-descript bright-greyish colour. According to the geological and geomorphic structure, the Istrian peninsula can be divided in three completely different areas. The hilly northern and north-eastern part of the peninsula is also known as White Istria (Bijela Istra in Croatian; that part of the peninsula is quite uninteresting in the winemaking sense, since there aren't much, if any, grapes grown there). Istrian inland is mostly lower flisch mountainous tracts consisting of fertile marl, clay, and sandstone, which is why this part is called Grey Istria (Siva Istra). Red Istria is the region along the coastline, covered with read (mostly limestone) soil is called Red Istria (Crvena Istra in Croatian; Terra Rossa in Italian).

Since the composition of the soil is quite different, the wines coming from Grey Istria and Red Istria are quite different. That is why we decided to divide the Istrian peninsula into two wine roads, based on the soil of their vineyarsds. This division is not definite, for various reasons, mainly because many Istrian winemakers have vineyards on both red and grey soil. Additionally, while the border between the red and grey soil in Istria is something that is visible to the naked eye, on the maps we used to help us make this wine roads for you it's not 100% clear on which side some of the bordering wineries should be placed.

Anyway, with all of those disclaimers, please find Grey Istria winemakers listed below with contact details. If there are any errors or omissions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will rectify (especially if you're a winemaker who wants to change teams, from Red to Grey Istria or vice versa!).


Croatia Wine Map

For all of the various varieties, indigenous and imported, hundreds of winemakers and many different wine styles, Croatia can be divided into 4 major winemaking regions. Those are: Eastern Continental Croatia, Croatian Highlands, Istria and Kvarner Bay, and Dalmatia. We have written about those regions extensively, and we invite you to research them through our article on the regions, articles with more details written on specifics of wine-making in each of the Croatian counties and through our series of articles showing you the virtual wine maps for best-known wine regions in Croatia.


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