Viticulture has been around since the Bronze Age, but it was the Ancient Greeks who cultivated and planted vines throughout Croatia over 2000 years ago. At that time wine was made for the aristocracy. When the Romans settled they brought along their own grape varietals and started exporting these wines across Europe. Under the ruling Ottoman Empire of the 15th century, consumption of alcohol was strictly forbidden. Today, Croatian wines may be a little off the radar but given their history growers are deservedly proud of what they are achieving.