Tucked away in a maze of narrow lanes and alleys are hundreds of shops and restaurants, but my favorite is the D’Vino Wine Bar. Owned by an eclectic gentleman of Croatian and Australian heritage, the wine bar is the best way to learn more about delicious Croatian wines. Just let the servers know your wine preferences, and they’ll select some of the best local wine for you to taste. They also feature delicious small plates and snacks, adding a roundup of Croatian food to your drinking experience.
The best part of the wine bar experience, though, is the ambiance. Sitting at a small table in the middle of the alley, this is prime people watching territory, and the feeling of living in a great European city can’t be avoided. It’s moments like this one that make Dubrovnik so amazing.
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Beauty of Croatian Wines
I sort of knew that Croatia had a robust wine industry, but I was dubious about the quality. But almost instantly I learned that I was wrong, very wrong. Reds seem to the specialty, but there’s certainly no shortage of crisp whites either. The national wine is a dessert wine that sometimes (and unfairly) gets confused with an Italian varietal. Croatian Prošek is a red fortified wine more like a port than a true dessert wine. It’s a popular and traditional drink but that’s not the end of the story. With Croatia’s recent admittance into the EU, Italy has raised concerns that the name is too similar to Prosecco, the bubbly sparkling wine that visitors to Italy have loved for generations. It’s a silly debate though because believe me, there are absolutely no similarities between the two.
To experience great Croatian wines, stop by the wine bar D’Vino in Dubrovnik to sample some of the best.