Croatia Wins Big at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

Croatia’s wineries garner a total 63 medals, with Veralda winery from Istria taking a coveted Platinum – Best in Show medal. 


London, June 14, 2016: Decanter magazine, one of the world’s most respected wine publications, today announced the winners of the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards. The competition, held each year in London, received over 16,000 entries from around the world. You can scroll through the lists of all winners here.

With the judging completed, we are so happy and proud to announce that Veralda winery, located in Brtonigla in the Istria wine region, was awarded the coveted Platinum – Best in Show medal for its 2015 “Istrian” red – a wine produced from Teran (which Decanter refers to as Refosco) – in the Best Single Varietal red category. With 95 out of 100 points, Veranda “Istrian” was one of only 31 wines to receive the top tier Platinum – Best in Show prize!


In total, Croatian wines won 62 other medals, including one Platinum, nine Silver, 24 Bronze, and 28 Commended (there were no Gold medals this year). Here are the lists of winners in the Platinum, Silver, and Bronze medal categories:



1. Ilocki Podrumi Traminac Izborna Berba Bobica 2011, Podunavlje (White)



1. Đurinski Traminac Ice Wine 2012, Zagorje – Medimurje (White)
2. Gašparinčić 2013 Graševina, Zagorje – Medimurje (White)
3. Kutjevo Graševina Ice Wine 2012, Slavonia (White)
4. Vina Laguna Festigia 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Istria (Red)
5. Vina Laguna Festigia 2013 Merlot, Istria (Red)
6. Cmrečnjak Sauvignon 2015, Zagorje – Medimurje (White)
7. Kutjevo De Gotho Graševina 2015, Slavonia (White)
8. Kutjevo Graševina 2015, Slavonia (White)
9. Kutjevo Turković Graševina 2015, Slavonia (White)



1. Benvenuti Corona Grande 2013, Istria (White)
2. Benvenuti Teran 2012, Istria (Red)
3. Bolfan Pinot Sivi 2015, Zagorje – Medimurje (White)
4. Crvik Plavac Mali Selekcija Pomet 2011, Central and South Dalmatia (Red)
5. Galić Graševina Leon 2011, Slavonia (White)
6. Iločki Podrumi Traminac 2015, Podunavlje (White)
7. Kostanjevec Pinot Blanc 2015, Prigorje – Bilogora (White)
8. Matosevic Grimalda 2012, Istria (White)
9. Matuško Dingač Reserva 2009, Central and South Dalmatia (Red)
10. Matuško Dingač Royal 2007, Central and South Dalmatia (Red)
11. Meneghetti 2011, Istria (Red)
12. Veralda Berba Prestige Istarska Malvazija 2015, Istria (White)
13. Veralda Berba Refosk Rosé 2015, Istria (Rosé)
14. Veralda Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé 2012, Istria (Sparkling Rosé)
15. Belje Goldberg Graševina 2011, Baranja (White)
16. Vina Laguna Festigia Malvazija 2015, Istria (White)
17. Vina Laguna Festigia Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Istria (Red)
18. Vina Laguna Festigia Riserva Malvazija Akacija 2013, Istria (White)
19. Vina Laguna Malvazija 2015, Istria (White)
20. Vina Laguna Riserva Festigia Malvazija 2013, Istria (White)
21. Vina Laguna Riserva Festigia Malvazija Vizinada 2013, Istria (White)
22. Vinarija Kostanjevec Grasevina 2015, Prigorje – Bilogora (White)
23. Kutjevo Galić Bijelo 9 Grasevina-Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc 2013,  Slavonia (White)
24. Cmrečnjak Graševina Ledeno Vino (Ice Wine) 2012, Zagorje – Medimurje (White)

*For Commended medal winners, please refer to the Decanter website.

Congratulations to all the winners!!






One thought on “Croatia Wins Big at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

  • There is a new international competition for wines from 21 invited wine nations, among them Croatia. The PAR Wine Award International will take place on the 11th/12th of November 2016 for the first time. The Awarding and the tasting guided by the sensory expert Martin Dating are going to be carried out in our tasting area (Hall 13) during the ProWein 2017 in Düsseldorf – the biggest trade show of the wine industry.
    More informations you can find under
    We would be very pleased if youadd us to your list of events – thank you.
    Kind regards, Svea Johannsen
    WINE System AG, Frasdorf, Germany

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