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Croatia, Zinfandel Home, Prepares to Join World Wine Battle

When Croatia was part of Yugoslavia, government policies forced farmers to rip out more than 160,000 hectares of vineyards. Ethnic conflicts in the 1990s destroyed thousands more.

Now, with about 33,000 hectares under vines -- still more than double the amount of New Zealand -- Croatia is looking to fight its way into a saturated global market when it enters the European Union in 2013. Currently, Croatia exports only 5 percent of its 60 million liters annual production, which helps explain why Croatians are third overall in wine consumption.