In the European Union, basic surveys on the structure of vineyards are conducted every five years. They have been conducted since 1979 and are compulsory for all Member States that have 500 or more hectares of vineyards, provided that the production is mainly intended for the market. This survey is methodologically harmonised with the EU legislation.


Data on areas of vineyards, vine varieties and age classes of vineyards are collected by the Basic Survey on Vineyard Structure. Data on the area of vineyards were taken over from the Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development in accordance with the Ordinance on Registration of the Agricultural Land Use (NN, No. 54/19 and 126/19), the Ordinance on the Vineyard Register, Compulsory Declarations, Accompanying Documents and the Cellar Records (NN, No. 48/14, 83/14 and 147/14, 110/16 and 127/17) and the Ordinance on the National List of Recognised Vine Varieties (NN, No. 25/20).


Vineyards are areas planted with vines intended for production of wine belonging to the species Vitis vinifera. A vineyard can be planted with one or more vine varieties (Vitis vinifera). As a rule, it refers to vineyards cultivated with a certain distance between vines and space in a row and can provide a mechanised processing.

Varieties of vine intended for production of wine are varieties of vines registered as varieties for production of wine; vines belong to the species Vitis vinifera or cross-breeds of Vitis vinifera with other varieties of species Vitis. Wines are classified in quality categories in respect to the quality of the processed grape, yield per hectare, ripening level of grape, processing and oenological care, yield of wine per quantity of grape, quantity of alcohol and other ingredients as well as other organoleptic (sensory) characteristics.

Vines in production are those vines for which the grapes are harvested.

Vines not yet in production are those young vines, which are planted but which do not bear grapes yet.

Area for the production of vegetative propagation material for vines covers area under nursery, parent wine for root stock and planted root stock for grafting.

Protected designation of origin (PDO) is a name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, a country used to mark products whose quality and characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to particular natural and human factors of a specific geographical environment. Grapes for the production of these products originate exclusively from that geographical area, the production takes place in that geographical area and grapes for wine must be of varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera.




EU              European Union

ha               hectare

NN              Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia

n. e. c.         not elsewhere classified

PDO            Protected designation of origin




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