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Babica

The red grape variety comes from Croatia. Synonyms are Babica Crni and Kastelanka. It should not be confused with the variety Babić (many Babica synonyms), despite the fact that it seems to have synonyms or morphological similarities. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2008, she is a direct descendant of the Plavac Mali variety. This medium-late maturing, high-yielding vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces light-alcohol red wines, which are mostly blended with Plavac Mali. The variety is cultivated in the Kastela region north of Split on the Adriatic coast. It is part of a revitalization and replanting project with some other autochthonous varieties. In 2010, 18 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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