There are examples of some intense, flavoursome reds and zesty, refreshing whites, too, though don’t be surprised if they come in at higher prices than you’d imagine.
You can check the wines out for yourself on May 25 when the first generic tasting of Croatian wines takes place in London. Fine Wine of Croatia, a collective of about 30 of the country’s top producers, will showcase its wares at The Intercontinental, Park Lane, London.
The tasting will focus on Croatia’s diverse range of indigenous varieties, with Plavac Mali, Pošip, and Babic from Dalmatia, Malvazija Istriana and Teran from Istria, Zlahtina from Kvarner, and Graševina from the Slavonia and Danube regions all on show. International varieties will include Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer from Slavonia and Danube, and Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from north west Croatia.
You need a large pot, 50cm deep. With the right care – daily watering and appropriate food – your hop should thrive indoors, but be prepared for its ferocious growth rate. You’ll need trellising to stop it going haywire, and you’ll probably have to train the new growth and do some trimming most days of the growing season.
In their full glory, hops look and smell wonderful. Without some TLC, they can go very scraggy. These are summer plants, so you will only really get the benefit from late spring to early autumn.