USA Today: The #5 “Best Wine Region to Visit” is Croatia

(Photo: Copyright © Cliff Rames)
(Photo: Copyright © Cliff Rames)

Okay, we already knew it. Anthony Bourdain discovered it (literally, he fell off his chair in wine-fueled amazement). And now the readers of USA Today have confirmed it: the wine-growing regions of Croatia are awesome – among the best in the world.

This week the results of a USA Today and Readers’ Choice survey of the world’s “Best Wine Regions to Visit” were revealed. From a selection of 20 excellent nominees, Croatia (which at one point during the month-long voting period surged to the #3 position) finished at #5 – outranking other iconic regions like Napa Valley and Tuscany (to view the Top 10 Best and read the full announcement, click this LINK).

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While the survey simply listed “Croatia” as a whole wine region, the country actually has an array of diverse and uniquely beautiful wine growing areas, from the warm Mediterranean climate and seaside vineyards of Istria & Kvarner and Dalmatia, to the lush, rolling pastoral hills of continental Slavonia & the Danube and the Uplands. All are beautiful and all are worthy of attention and love.

photo © Cliff Rames
photo © Cliff Rames

So grab your corkscrew, walking stick, Lonely Planet – Croatia travel guide and designated driver, and book your Croatian wine tour today by contacting one of our friends from the list below. All specialize in custom foodie fun and vinous adventures in Croatia, our all-time favorite and best wine region to visit – now and always!  🙂

Happy trails – and cheers!

Wine & Culinary Tours in Croatia:

Art of Wine (

Culinary Croatia (

Eat Istria (

Secret Dalmatia (

Tasteful Croatian Journeys (

Zagreb Bites (


USA Today/ Top 10 Best Wine Regions to Visit:

1. Alentejo, Portugal
2. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
3. Maipo, Chile
4. Marlborough, New Zealand
5. Croatia
6. Napa Valley, California, USA
7. Tuscany, Italy
8. Oregon
9. Hunter Valley, Australia
10. Virginia

(Photo © Cliff Rames)
Vineyards on Brač island in Dalmatia (Photo © Cliff Rames)

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