The most represented and by many the most important variety of Dalmatian red wine – Plavac Mali. Proof of its quality is the fact that the wine made from this type of vine was the first red wine to receive protection of geographical origin in Croatia in 1961. This wine spread not only in Dalmatia but overseas (example – Plavac is known under the name zinfandel across the United States).
Istrian variety is convincingly the leading one, occupying over half of Istria’s vineyards, but in the whole of Croatia it is the second most represented variety among white wines. Despite this Malvazija can be found on about forty other varieties throughout the Mediterranean, most of which are the same family or even just synonymous with an identical variety from another region. Same goes for Brač.