Our beginnings

The Croatian Wine Club was incorporated in 2017 as a registered importer of fine Croatian wines and a provider of supporting services  We are proud to supply our wine selection to the wine trade, restaurants, wine bars and UK consumers.

The company is owned by Mikki  Hall. Originally from Croatia, Mikki came to the UK at aged 19 and embarked on her career in the UK by completing a Masters in Marketing, a degree in Business & Finance and a WSET level 2 qualification in wines and spirits. Prior to starting the company, she was the Global Marketing Director for an international company.

As a company we set out to offer a complete experience of Croatia, their wine and culture.

You can order our wine online or by phone. Join our wine club and benefit from special offers and discounts. Book one of our wine tasting events or arrange a personalised event to suit your requirements and for wine lovers, book one of our tours to the vineyards in Croatia. All seamless with a 100% guarantee on service.

We thrive in finding fine wines that enrich the soul.

Croatian Wine History

Wine is at the heart of everyday life in Croatia and grown in almost every region of the country. Although many Croatian wines remain undiscovered internationally, wine production is not new in this part of the world. Croatian wine dates back 2,500 years to the ancient Greeks and possibly earlier with the Illyrians.

The plains of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the oldest continuously cultivated vinicultural site in the world dating back to the 4thcentury BC.

Croatian wine is not as well known here in the UK, mostly because of their recent history. Under the communist system of Yugoslavia, many famous vineyards were nationalised and wine production centred on large cooperatives. Private ownership of the vineyards was discouraged. Quantity rather than quality became the main focus. The Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990’s saw many vineyards and wineries once again destroyed.

In recent years, the Croatian wine industry has returned to the tradition of independent producers.

They have re-established the varieties and stepped up the quality of their wines to a point where they are now acclaimed internationally. Known locally as ‘vino’, Croatian wines are once again competing with the best in the world. According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, there are 45,357 wine producers in Croatia and 20,393 hectors of vineyard, producing wine from  259 different cultivars of vines. It is truly rare to find so many grape varieties and types of wine in one country, making Croatia a jewel of the wine industry.

Climate and location are everything when it comes to growing good grapes and Croatia has both.

Have you looked at the map of Croatia and thought it looks a bit like a horseshoe?

A small country of 56,594 sq km (21,851 sq miles) and population of 4.4 million, Croatia boasts an unusual and unique geography, characterised by a mixture of mountains, plains, forests and a long coastline.

Croatia has two very different climatic regions, Continental and Mediterranean.

The Croatian interior, which includes the cities of Zagreb and Osijek, is separated from the coast by the Dinaric Mountains.

Here, summers are warm with the average temperature in July at about 22°C although strong heat waves have become more frequent with temperatures reaching 40°C.

Winters get cold, with the average temperature in January ranging from 0°C to -2°C. However, the temperature can drop as low to -27°C. The Velebit and Medvednica (near Zagreb) mountain ranges of Croatia are cooler and get more rainfall. Snow is common at the higher elevations, hence skiing is a very popular sport.

The Croatian Adriatic coast stretches for 1,880 km and includes 1,244 islands which add a further 4,398km of coastline. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate, although it is usually several degrees cooler in the northern Adriatic than in the south.

In the summer, the average temperature is between 24°C and 26°C along the coast with a maximum temperature recorded at 39°C. In winter, the coast has a mean temperature of 2°C in the north and 9°C in the south.

Croatian islands can be very dry. For example, the island of Vis averages only 557 mm of rainfall per year while the island of Brač averages 952 mm. The sunniest island in Croatia is Hvar, with over 2,700 hours of sun per year. Snow is a rare occurrence anywhere along the coast.