Korčula is best known for its tongue-tantalizing white wines. However red wine lovers mustn’t fret, you’ll find delicious red varietals on the island too.
The most popular varietal of the island’s famous Lumbarda wine region is GRK. This indigenous white grape variety grows exclusively in the sprawling vineyards of the Lumbarda wine region, and it cannot be found anywhere else across the globe.
GRK’s origins trace back to the third and fourth centuries BC when the Greeks took their vines over to Korcula. GRK is known for its slightly bitter aftertaste and the fact that it only has female flowering parts.
Posip is another white grape varietal native to Korčula. However, Posip mainly grows in the island’s green valleys of Cara and Smokvica.
Similar to GRK, Posip is a dry wine with crisp acidity. The varietal was discovered in the mid to late 19th century, and it was one of the first white wines to be protected under Croatian law.
While these are two of the island’s most renowned grape varietals, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to sipping fine wines under the beaming Croatian sun.
The usual time for grape harvest on Korčula is mid to late August into September, depending on when the grapes are ripe, juicy, and ready to pluck. Weather also plays a significant part in harvest time because the grapes require plenty of sun without too much rain. However, this isn’t usually a problem, as Croatia benefits from glorious warm and sunny weather during the summer months.
Keeping with tradition, all grapes are handpicked on the island. This is usually by the family of the winery, local friends, and sometimes visitors to the island.
The best way to taste and learn more about the history and processing of the wines from Korčula is to embark on a wine tasting tour. Every winery on the island is unique, and a tasting trip introduces you to some of the best venues to sample high-quality varietals.
To make your wine tour even more memorable, you may like to incorporate other activities into the trip, such as meandering or cycling along the verdant vineyards. Now, let’s get to know some of the island’s best wineries.