Istria wine region

Istria
Istria is the axehead-shaped peninsula slicing into the north-east end of the Adriatic, just across the sea from Venice.  It’s likely that wine was first made here by the Ancient Greeks; it was certainly produced by the Romans who conquered the Istrian peninsula in 177 BC.
 
The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a close connection with their Italian neighbours.  The Italian port of Trieste is the nearest city, while even Venice is a closer drive than than the Croatian capital Zagreb.
 
Istria boasts two indigenous grape varieties: the earthy red Teran and the aromatic white Malvazija Istarska.  The latter dominates the vineyards, although Muscat, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown.
 

Decanting Club wines from: Istria

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