Sisak-Moslavina County is located in the Southwest of Slavonia in continental Croatia. Sisak was once a grand Roman city and was also a key stronghold during the Ottoman invasion.
The county reaches as far as the Bosnia and Herzegovina border and sits along the Kupa, Sava, and Odra Rivers.
When it comes to wine, Moslavina is the centre of activity within the County, where vineyards were planted by the Thracians, Illyrians, Celts and Romans. That long lasting tradition of wine making in Moslavina has continued and now the area is primarily dominated by small winemakers producing wine from Škrlet, Frankovka, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Moslavac, and Pinto Noir.
The grape variety Škrlet has an air of mystery around it. This little-known grape variety has an unknown origin, but many believe that because it has historically only known to be grown in the subregion of Moslavina, that it is indigenous to the area.
Interestingly, its name Škrlet means scarlet, and the variety was given that name due to speckles and dots it sometimes gets when ripe, like scarlet fever. Škrlet is a white grape variety that is a clear, light yellow-green colour that is normally characterised by a low alcohol content with a higher acidity, making for a refreshing harmonious wine. This wine is perfect to eat with that spicy curry, fish, white meat and various pasta dishes.
When in Moslavina be sure to try Škrlet because there is only a small production which you will not find anywhere else in the world. Some of the best producers are Miklaužić winery, Juren, Kezele, Košutić, Mikša and Trdenić in Pokupje.
If you’re looking to get out and try many of the local wines head for the Moslavina Wine Road, which will take you on a journey of excellent wines, unique local dishes, and hospitality where you’ll be treated like one of the family. The wine route will take you to 14 local producers across Pupovača, Voloder, Gračenica, Repušnica, and Kutina where you find numerous tasting rooms and huts where you can buy premium through to table wine direct from the winemakers.
Also, you’ll find many local delicacies being sold so you can couple wine tasting with some local cheese and charcuterie. This wine route will give you some great views of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, the biggest wetland in the Danube basin and the Trsnog Mountains so don’t forget that camera to capture the moments.