The red grape variety comes from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Synonyms are Blathina, Blatina Crna, Blatina Hercegovacka, Blatina Mala, Blatina Nera, Blatina Velika, Blatyna, Blue Blatina, Praznobačva, Praznobatchva, Stara Žilavka, Tribidrag and Žilavka Stara. In spite of apparently suggestive synonyms, it should not be confused with the two Croatian varieties Cetinka or Tribidrag (Crljenak Kaštelanski). It is an all-female grape variety. The late ripening vine is sensitive to frost. It produces ruby red, fruity and full-bodied red wines with currant and blackberry aromas. It is also used as a table grape. The variety is mainly cultivated in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where it is said to occupy about one third of the vineyard area. However, no stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
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