Crljenak Kaštelanski

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Crljenak Kaštelanski is a grape variety used for wine production, originating from Croatia. It is also known as Tribidrag and is internationally recognized as Zinfandel.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Crljenak Kaštelanski dates back to the 15th century. It was first documented in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, specifically in the area around the town of Kaštela. The grape was widely cultivated in the area until the late 19th century when it was almost wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Crljenak Kaštelanski is a black-skinned grape variety that produces wines with high tannin levels and high alcohol content. The wines typically have a deep red color and flavors of dark fruits, spices, and sometimes a hint of tobacco.

Relationship with other grape varieties[edit | edit source]

In the early 21st century, DNA profiling revealed that Crljenak Kaštelanski is genetically identical to the Italian grape variety Primitivo, and the American grape variety Zinfandel. This discovery has led to a renewed interest in Crljenak Kaštelanski and its cultivation has been revived in Croatia.

Cultivation[edit | edit source]

Today, Crljenak Kaštelanski is grown in several regions of Croatia, including Dalmatia, Istria, and Slavonia. It is also cultivated in the United States, particularly in California, where it is known as Zinfandel.

Wine production[edit | edit source]

Crljenak Kaštelanski is used to produce a variety of wine styles, including dry red wines, rosé wines, and sweet dessert wines. In Croatia, it is often blended with other local grape varieties, such as Plavac Mali.

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