About Korcula Wine
With over 40,000 winemakers in Croatia, Korcula has its fair share of excellent local wines. The island is best known for its white wines, but you’ll find delicious reds as well.
Grk – An indigenous grape grown only in Lumbarda – you won’t find these vines growing anywhere else in the world. Its origins have been traced back to 3rd/4th centuries BC when the Greeks bought the vines to Korcula. Grk is noted for its slightly bitter after-taste and its unusual characteristic: it only has female flowering parts.
Posip – Another autochthonous island white grape, Posip is mainly grown in the valleys of Cara and Smokvica. As with Grk it has a crisp acidity and is a dry wine. Discovered in the mid to late 19th century, it was one of the first white wines to be protected under Croatian law.
Rukatac (also called Marastina) – You’ll find this light coloured white wine growing again in the centre of Korcula Island. The best quality Posip is made from around 40% Rukatac grapes.
Plavac Mali – The most commonly grown red grape in Dalmatia, you’ll find Plavac Mali grown across the island. It’s a dry wine and its alcohol percentage can be very high. In Lumbarda it is grown alongside the white grapes to pollinate the Grk vines.
Korcula Wineries and Vineyards
The majority of wineries on Korcula Island are family owned and have been passed down through the generations, some for as long as 300 years. Most of the vineyards are located in Lumbarda, Smokvica & Cara.
Lumbarda – There are 8 official Grk wine producers in Lumbarda. Our Wine Tasting Tours in Lumbarda visit the best family-run Grk producers. Our self guided cycling tour to Lumbarda from Korcula Town includes helpful information where to visit the wineries.
Smokvica – There are a number of small producers in Smokvica. Some of the best include Toreta, which also houses an interesting museum and Winery Grosic, which can be visited as part of our Driven Wine Tasting Tour. The posip wine tasting & cycling tour includes a visit to several.
You can see full contact details for each of the winemakers on the informative Smokvica Tourist Board website. There is also a “Posip Walk” in Smokvica, which passes by a statute to commerate the discovery of the grape in the area.
Cara – There are 4 winemakers from Cara, most notably Krajancic. Krajancic winery is located on the road to Zavalatica.
Blato – The largest wine producer in Blato is called “Blato 1902”, which is also an olive oil producer. From their shop/tasting room you can buy their premium bottled wines, their house wine (straight from the tank), as well as domestic olive oil.
Harvest typically takes place mid-late August into September. The time of harvest depends upon when the grapes are ripe measured by the levels of sugar, acid and tannin. Weather also plays a part – grapes need lots of sun, but not too much rain. Grapes are always hand picked by the extended family of the winery, local friends or even visitors to the island.
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Learn more about wines from Korcula Island during a wine tasting tour.