Croatia is a nation of Islands on the Adriatic with a coastline ideal for grape cultivation with its hot, humid summers and mild winters. Winemaking dates back here to the Ancient Greek settlers, indeed vine seeds have been found on the island of Hvar dating back to the 8th and 9th century. Some of the best known wine production areas are on the Dalmatian island. Located along hillsides that slope into the sea, the vineyards receive many hours of sunlight. Croatia is also home to the Slavonian oak forest, producing oak casks favoured by many winemakers in Europe for ageing their finest wines.