You don't expect an ambitious winery right above a central Dalmatian small town known only for tourism and resorts, literally a few hundred meters from the beaches. Kraljevski vinogradi ("Royal Vineyards") are actually on a position where the local monastery was growing grapes in the 11th century! Of course, these vineyards you see today are a bit younger, planted in 2009.
Unlike winemakers from the surrounding area in Zadar's hinterland, they decided to focus on native Dalmatian varieties only. The ones you are used to seeing further down south, like Pošip, Plavac mali and Crljenak (Zinfandel). Of course, this was quite a controversial decision, but it's interesting to see these varieties thrive on a different location, with its own touch.
Their fresh cold Pošip is a crisp summer wine, very food-friendly, lighter than its southern relatives. Plavac is also far from the full-bodied high-alcohol beast you can find on Pelješac, but very drinkable and pleasant. My favourite is Crljenak, smooth, fruity and very well-balanced.
The tasting area is actually a rural tavern with a big terrace on the top of the hill, overlooking the vineyards and the sea. Very basic, but nice and quiet because you're so close to the beach and the crowds, yet far enough to relax and enjoy. Good thing is that they are open to visits daily and you can mostly just drop by. They still have to work on teh whole package in terms of wine tourism, but with a good vision, the potential is big. And I certainly hope to see Kraljevski vinogradi wines available in selected wine shops outside Dalmatia, which is still not the case. It's probably easier to find them in Japan or Sweden, where they export, than in Zagreb :)