Looking for Croatian wine at the LCBO? I am sure if you have visited Croatia then you will know that not only is the country rich in history, has beautiful beaches, has amazing food but they also have amazing wine. With Croatia becoming such a popular tourist destination, wines from Croatia are starting to be recognized around the world. Wherever my travels take me, I like to bring a couple of bottles home of my favourite wine from my travels. Below you will find the top Croatian wines in Toronto and Ontario.
Croatian Wine at the LCBO
You can find several Croatian wines at the LCBO. You will be able to find everything from Grasevina, Posip, Malvazija, Plavac Mali, and at the LCBO.
Wines of Croatia Common Questions
Here are some of the top questions that people ask about Croatian wine.
Is Croatian Wine Any Good?
Croatians are very proud of their wine and are some of the best wines in the world. If you have had a chance to try Croatian wine you will know why it is so good.
Is Croatia Known for Wine?
Croatia is known for wine but people have not had much opportunity to taste these fantastic wines outside of Croatia.
Thankfully, this is something that is changing and more wines are appearing on liquor store and wine store shelves. If you live in Canada you can find Croatian wine at the LCBO. You can also order Croatian wine at Croatia Unpacked for delivery.
If you are lucky to travel to Croatia, I would highly recommend visiting some of the beautiful vineyards and try some of the indigenous wines such as Plavac Mali from the Peljesac Peninsula and the whites Posip (Korcula/Peljesac Peninsula); Grk (Korcula); Malvazija (Istria); and Grasevina (Croatian interior). Prosek is a sweet dessert wine, most common in Dalmatia.
How much is a Bottle of Wine in Croatia?
Croatian wine, just like any wine, range in price. There are so many different factors that determine the pricing of a wine.
There are so many things to consider when looking at the price of a bottle of wine. Where are the grapes grown, how are the grapes harvested, how is the wine made. These are just a few factors that determine the price of a wine.
What is the Best Wine in Croatia?
Here are some of the best wines in Croatia that you should try.
Dingač is a top-quality dry red wine named after the area of Pelješac peninsula where this wine sort is being grown on its steep slopes and produced from the autochthonous red wine grape Plavac Mali.
Pošip is an autochthonous white wine grape of southern Croatian region Dalmatia primarily found on the island of Korčula. It is the first Croatian white wine sort of a protected geographic origin.
Malvasia (Croatian: Malvazija) is a typical Mediterranean wine sort and the most popular white wine sort of the northern region of Croatia, Istria, one of the few areas in the world where this grape is being grown.
Croatian White Wine Available at the LCBO
Here are the top Croatian white wines that are available for purchase at the LCBO or through Croatia Unpacked.
Kutjevo Grasevina 2019 $15.95
Kutjevo may be an 800-year-old winery, but it’s unlikely you’ve come across this wine before. Grasevina is a grape indigenous to Croatia, and here the vines are grown at between 200 and 450 metres. Fresh and lemony on the nose, in the mouth, it adds apple, melon, and even some citrus pith. It finishes with some notes of wild herbs and fresh, zippy acidity. A great match with seafood. Drinking window 2020-2021. Score – 89. (James Button, decanter.com, July 15, 2020)
Maximo Oro Grasevina/Chardonnay 2018 VINTAGES#:14187 $21.95
Grasevina is the most widely planted white grape in Croatia. Here, it’s blended with international superstar Chardonnay. Expect this wine to deliver bright lemon citrus tones with touches of nuts and a lifted note of white flowers. It will have a fresh, food-friendly character. Pair it with seafood, sushi or a creamy soup.
Posip Merga Victa 2018 LCBO#:770537 $25.90
Award (IWC Silver – 90 points). Best white wine from Dalmatia on IWC. Light yellow in the glass. Citruses and green apples on the nose. On the palete it is full body, harmonious with balanced acidity, dominated by fresh aromas of citrus fruits, stone fruits, floral aromas and Mediterranean herbs. Selected handpicked grapes are crushed with minimum pressure. Controlled fermentation at 15 C. Wine aging in inox tanks for 6 months.
Benvenuti Malvazija 2019 LCBO#: 908102 $26.90
Malvasia Istriana is now recognized as the leading Istrian grape variety and one of the most important indigenous Croatian varieties. This Malvasia is harmonious and full-bodied. It is exceptionally fresh and mineral, fruity, and very drinkable. The terraced vineyards on white soil are all between 250 and 400 meters in elevation.
Kozlovic Malvazija 2019 LCBO#: 767988 $29.00
On the nose, it is youthful and subtle, with lovely complexity showing multiple layers. White flowers, peaches, and juicy yellow fruits are dominant.
Coronica Malvazija 2019 LCBO#: 932169 $29.90
Classic old world indigenous grape variety – flagship grape variety of Istria. Very versatile – can be fresh and fruity, barrel aged and complex, and it is a grape that also loves skin-contact / maceration.
On the nose, it is floral and green. On the palate, it is salty, majestically minerally, very fresh with a long finish. The Mediterranean bouquet makes this wine an ideal partner for fish and seafood dishes but served at slightly higher temperatures pair well with white meat and white truffle dishes.
It is recommended that the serving temperature be between 8 – 12 ° C depending on the type of food with which it is paired.
Stina Posip 2018 LCBO#: 696459 $41.85
Posip is a white wine of glossy yellow colour with some green hue tones. On the nose, it reveals ripe citrus, apricots, and the sea.
The mouth is filling with a firm taste of ripe citrus, hints of apricot, wet stone, and flint with a nice grip in the middle. The finish is medium to long with a minerally saline signature. Great with seafood!!
Posip Korta Katarina 2018 LCBO#: 954965 $50.00
This Posip Korta Katarina is a golden-greenish colour in the glass provides an appealing appearance of the Posip wine. It has an intense citrus scent, mixed with white stone fruits and field flowers.
Full and delicious, with a gentle bitterness. Extremely fresh and easy drinking, dry wine. Ideally served with seafood dishes, particularly shellfish and crab.
Saints Hills Posh South Dalmatia 2018 LCBO#: 709989 $39.90
Clear golden colour. The nose is dominated by aromas of fresh ripe apricot and mango. Secondary aromas on the nose are lemon and lime (even lemon zest), honey, and dry figs. The palate is complex and layered with aromas of ripe fruit, peaches, apricot, and some pineapple. The finish is very long, with a specific bitter-sweet aftertaste.
Croatian Orange Wine at the LCBO
2018 BARACIJA MALVAZIJA LCBO#: 770511 $34.85
Dreamy golden yellow. Aromas of ripe yellow-green fruits, flowers, and Mediterranean herbs appear on the nose. The aromas are enhanced on the palate: pears, apples, apricots, elderberries, sage, and a slight hint of vanilla and honey emerge. Great minerality and freshness with a medium body.
Clai Ottocento Bijeli 2016 LCBO#:952472 $57.75
This organic, orange wine is brought to you by Istrian wine legend Giorgio Clai.
Ottocento is a cuvée made of Malvazija, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Percent of the varietals varies from harvest to harvest depending on the yield. Even though Malvazija often prevails in the wine, Pinot Grigio influences the pink colour of the Ottocento.
This biodynamic wine shows attractive aromas and a full-bodied palate packed with rich dried fruits such as apricot, complemented by a nutty dry finish refreshed by a mineral salts note. Serve between 14 to 15 C. (Andrew Rose – Decanter – 91 points)
Kabola Malvazija Amfora 2017 LCBO#: 993955 $65.80
This wine features a wonderful straw-yellow colour with a golden sheen. It is crystal clear and full-bodied. The bouquet opens with notes of quince compote, followed by dry fern, star anise, vanilla, and herbs.
This wine is dry, partly warm, and soft while retaining a crisp freshness, mild tannins, excellent minerality, and full body. This is a wonderfully balanced wine with an intense flavour and a long finish. It is harmonious and flavourful with notes of butter, ripe peach, and bitter almond in the aftertaste.
Croatian Red Wine Available at the LCBO
The Dalmatian Dog Babic 2016 VINTAGES#: 18810 $17.95
100% Babic. Fine and subtle raspberry and damson nose. Attractive, fresh and concentrated palate packed full of black fruit, forest floor character and soft tannins; very well made. Score – 95. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2020)
Testament Babic 2017 LCBO#:992890 $29.80
Babic Testament is a black, dry, ruby coloured wine, with a pleasant smell and a specific taste. It has characteristics of high alcohol and high acidity with mature tannins.
The body is full and very powerful, but at the same time lovely and delicious. The portion of fruit aromas increases when the grapes are well ripened. By aging in oak barrels, the aromas are enriched with the pleasant smell of wood. Best served when it is at 16º C.
Damjanic Borgonja 2018 LCBO#: 908128 $29.85
Borgonja is the local name for Blaufränkisch. The wine is ruby red in colour, on the nose intense fruit aroma of currant and raspberry, violet flowers. On the pallet, we have refreshing acidity and at the end red pepper and paprika. Overall, fruity taste with herbal notes of clove.
Tannins are soft and the wine is very elegant and well balanced. Gastro recommendation: pasta with meat sauce, scrambled eggs with sausage. It blends elegantly with grilled sardines, black risotto, salami, prosciutto, and medium-aged cheeses.
Benvenuti Caldierosso 2017 LCBO#: 908110 $29.85
Ruby red with pronounced intensity. The aromas of raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, carob, vanilla, and spicy notes of oregano predominate. Fresh, ripe tannins. Balanced and harmonious. Ideal for pairing with game dishes and roast lamb.
Teran Coronica 2016 LCBO#:780874 $29.90
Classic old world indigenous grape variety – flagship grape variety of Istria.
Red wine of attractive density and glossy ruby red colour. On the nose, the aromas of ripe forest fruits is interwoven with notes of smokiness. Medium body, smooth and balanced with soft tannins. Taste of ripe forest fruits, cinnamon, cloves with a hint of smokiness.
Kozlovic Teran 2018 LCBO#: 767996 $29.95
Deep purple colour. Intense on the nose with plenty of ripe black cherries, dried prunes, and dark chocolate, speaking to the ripeness of the grapes. A little smoke and a touch of oak add to the complexity. Dry on the palate, medium-bodied with good tannic grip, evident acidity levels, expressive freshness, and plenty of black fruits with hints of jam. Needs time to open in the glass prior to drinking.
Baracija Refosk 2018 LCBO#: 770503 $34.85
Tar and tobacco on the nose. Raspberry, blood iron, blackberry, and white pepper. Long finish, relatively high tannins. Medium-bodied, juicy, and very well balanced. Made from Refosco. Medium-bodied and juicy, this wine is tons of fun and very delicious. Organic production. One year in old oak.
Saints Hills Sv Roko South Dalmatia 2016 LCBO#:709997 $44.90
Ruby red with purple nuances. Aromas of ripe tree fruit and berries, followed by plum, fig, and blackberry. Also very intensive aromas of thyme and oregano, bourbon vanilla, finishing with woody aromas and leather. Full-bodied, layered texture dominated by plums and figs, and Mediterranean herbs. Well balanced, long finish.
Volarevic Plavac Mali Gold Edition 2016 LCBO#: 993278 $54.75
This Plavac Mali Syrtis wine expresses all the features of the area where the grapes blossom and the love with which it has been processed in the family cellar.
The colour is deep red-purple. The predominant aromas are of matured blackfruit, with slight red and black peper. It has a very complex body with smooth tannins and soft acidity, which gives a very balanced and special wine.
Stina Plavac Mali Majstor 2016 LCBO#: 696467 $55.85
Translated into English, Plavac Mali means ‘little blue’ due to the size and colour of its grape. However, the taste of Plavac Mali is anything but small.
On the nose, this bold deep red, Bordeaux colour wine, is comprised of dry fig, spice, and blackberry notes. Full-bodied and concentrated, the mouth is full of ripe sour cherries and plums, with notes of Mediterranean spices and resin. The finish is long and lingering. This wine has a strong potential for aging.
Korta Katarina Plavac Mali 2012 LCBO#: 954973 $59.95
Lively, full, and almost opaque by colour this full-bodied wine is smooth, balanced, and elegant. This Plavac Mali is dynamic, with a recognizable aromatic profile of ripe flavours, dried and stewed fruit, followed by Mediterranean herbs and spices. This wine has a strong potential for aging.
Saints Hills Dingac 2016 LCBO#: 993963 $67.85
WINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS ‘This 100% Plavac Mali from Dingac is dark garnet in the glass with aromas of wild blackberries on the vine, black plum, bramble, and a touch of smoked charcuterie.
It has good weight on the palate, with flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, dark berries, and dried lavender. It has a pleasantly bold tannic structure on entry but the bright acidity in the finish balances perfectly and makes this a wine to drink now or lay down for a few years.’
How to buy Croatian Wine at the LCBO
There is an amazing selection of Croatian wines available at the LCBO, although not all of them are available on the shelves in store they are available to order online through the LCBO website for pickup. I promise it is super easy to order wine at the LCBO. LCBO is a great place to buy Croatian wines online.
Find the wine that you want to purchase and click on add to cart. Once you have all your selections in your cart proceed to checkout. Select the LCBO location where you would like to pick up your order. Enter your payment information and submit your order. You will receive a confirmation email from the LCBO confirming your order. Once your order is ready for pick up, you will receive another email letting you know that you can pick up your order.
When you arrive at the LCBO proceed to the customer service desk and show them your order number and a piece of ID. That’s it! Head home with your order and enjoy your wine.
How to Buy Croatian Wine at Croatia Unpacked
Head to the Croatia Unpacked website and choose the wine you want to order. You can make a selection of a case or a mixed case. There are also several mixed case options to choose from. If you are not sure what to choose you can always message Croatia Unpacked for assistance on your wine selection.
To place your order, simply email Croatia Unpacked and they will arrange for your wine order to be delivered directly to your home. That’s it, simple.