Dubrovnik lures millions of tourists annually for its majestic medieval architecture and stunning coastal views, but few know that this city and the surrounding Dalmatian Coast is home to some of Europe’s most unique wines. With more than 100 indigenous grape varieties and at least 300 actively producing wine regions, Croatia has quietly risen up the ranks as one of the most highly regarded wine destinations in the world. And while the varietals of the northern Istria region may be the country’s best known, many excellent wines are produced just a short drive away from Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
Whether you favor the jammy and robust reds made from Plavac Mali grapes in the Peljesac Peninsula or the crisp white wines made with Posip grapes on the island of Korcula, the Dalmatian Coast has plenty to offer, and the city even hosts an annual FestiWine each April to highlight its many local wines. If you’re heading to Dubrovnik and are looking for an authentic taste of the region, here are the best spots to raise a glass.
D’Vino is an essential stop for any wine lover visiting Dubrovnik. This bar offers a number of domestic wines, including several from the Dalmatian Coast, and a knowledgeable staff on hand to talk to you about what you’re tasting. The menu features flights of red and whites arranged by Croatian regions, as well as well-curated and locally sourced cheese and cured meat plates.
Malvasija Wine Bar
Like its name implies, this wine bar is a great place to try malvasija, the popular white wine sourced from the northern Dalmatian Coast and Istria. The bar’s menu also features other local red and white wines, as well as coffee and a variety of cheeses.
Tavulin Wine & Art Bar
This family-run neighborhood bar serves a wide variety of domestic wines, as well as a tapas menu, coffee, and dessert. It also has a rotating visual art gallery curated by its owners that features works by local visual artists. Reservations are recommended for evening visits.
Wine Bar Skaramuca Dubrovnik
Kick back in a chair constructed out of a wine barrel, and choose from several local flight options all served with cheese and olives at this Old Town bar operated by a family of vineyard owners. This bar offers a strong selection of red Plavac Mali wines from the Postup region on the nearby Peljesac Peninsula.
Razonoda Wine Bar
This wine bar, located inside of the Pucic Palace Hotel, is one of the newest additions to the Dubrovnik wine scene. Offering a small menu of local wines, as well as varietals from Istria and northeastern Slavonia, this bar’s knowledgeable staff will make recommendations for you based on your flavor preferences. Keep an open mind, and you just may discover your new favorite wine.
Grabovac Wine Spot
Located just off of Old Town’s main square, this bar features a large range of local wines sourced from the owners’ vineyard in Prolozac donji, inland from the Dalmatian Coast. The bartenders on staff are knowledgeable, a number of red and white flights are available, and regular pours are well-priced.