Plavac mali

Plavac Mali is probably the most important domestic Croatian sort of grape wine. This red wine was first mentioned in 1821 in the book " Der Weinbau des Oesterreichischen Kaiserthum" which was published in Wien by Franz Ritter von Heintl. For the long time it has been mistaken for Zinfandel, but scientific research revealed that Zinfandel is only one parent of Plavac Mali, and the other one is Dobričić from island Šolta. Origin of Dobričić variety is unknown, but it is considered to be an old indigenous Dalmatian variety. This variety is not widespread and is mainly found on the island of Šolta. It was used mainly for cross-breeding with other red varieties to give better coloration. Characteristics of this variety are intense bitterness and intense coloration which is why it was valued in the past. According to original scientific research paper " Relatedness of Cultivars Plavac Mali, Zinfandel and Primitivo (Vitis vinifera L.)", the result confirmed that Plavac mali and Zinfandel/Primitivo probably are related as parent and progeny. Also, these research confirmed that Plavac mali is an old indigenous Croatian grape vine variety. In Dalmatia, Plavac mali is cultivated on the narrow coastal areas and islands.



Pošip is indigenous wine variety of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
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