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Croatia sailing offers the perfect opportunity to drink wine

By Jenny Wilson
on  August 27, 2014

Many people enjoy a drink or two during a Croatia sailing holiday  but a visit to the island of Vis can give you the perfect excuse to enjoy just another glass without feeling guilty. The island is famous for its wine, making it almost rude not to give it a try. A field in Vis is actually believed to be where the ancient Greeks planted the very first of Dalmatia’s grape vines. It should not be too much of a chore to try out the local tipple either, as according to Greek writer Agatharchides, it is the best in the world.


Today, the most famous and authentic white wine available on the island is the Vis Vugava. It is widely available in cellars and restaurants on the island, making your voyage of discovery as simple as ordering a second glass. An eatery is the perfect place to sample the tipple, as experts say it goes best with savoury food, such as rich and flavourful poultry and fish dishes.

Do not be confused if you see Bugava on a menu as this is just another name used for the white Vugava grape. Do not be surprised either, if the taste reminds you of Viognier. It is thought that the Vugava, which dates back more than 2,000 years to when Vis was called Issa, may well be its ancestor.


The sweet and fruity Vugava wine in its pure form has a bumper sugar content and can smell overripe, which is not to everyone’s taste. It is for this reason that it is often blended with other varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.

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