How Much Wine are Croats Drinking Per Year?

Daniela Rogulj

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The Ministry of Agriculture in early December adopted a new Ordinance on the register of vineyards, compulsory declarations, accompanying documents, records of stocks and production potential which prescribes a unique treatment in the control of quality wines in wine marketing. Precisely, the new regulations will now ensure that all foreign wines that come in bulk to our market will have to be recorded and have an agricultural inspection in order to control the quality. Now, everyone will have equal treatment in the market, for both domestic and foreign wines, which is first and foremost the rule of fair competition. This also protects domestic producers of wine.

Vecernji List reports on 19 December 2016 that according to data recently published by the DZS (Central Bureau of Statistics), the total domestic consumption of wine in Croatia in the marketing year 2015/2016 amounted to 1.2 million hectoliters, and about 26 liters of wine per capita. The total production of wine amounted to 992,000 hectoliters, with about 529,100 hectoliters or 53.3% for wines with a protected designation of origin.


Varietal wine in total production was represented with 5.7% or 56,600 hl, and others were represented with 41% or about 406.3 thousand hl.


The largest share of the total domestic consumption with other wine was 53% or 639,900 hl, with a protected designation of origin (504 600 hl) being varietal wines (54.2 thousand tonnes).


The total market in 2015/2016 imported 304.3 thousand hectoliters, of which 16,000 hl were varietal wines, and wine with a protected designation of origin amounted to 18.2 thousand hl. Croatia exported 44.1 thousand hectoliters, of which 38,800 hl were from a protected designation of origin.


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