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Busuioacă de Bohotin

The white grape variety with reddish berries originates from Romania. Synonyms are Busuioacă Neagra, Busuioacă Vânată de Bohotin, Tămâioasă de Bohotin and Tămâioasă Violeta. Busuioacă de Bohotin was introduced around 1926/1928 by Professor Hogaș from Bohotin (Moldova). In the VIVC catalogue, Busuioacă de Bohotin is listed as a synonym for the varieties Muscat Noir and Muscat Rouge. According to the Romanian amateur traffic light photographer and grape variety historian Tiberiu Onuțu, however, it is a mutation of the Busuioacă Vânătă de Bohotin variety. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to both types of mildew, but resistant to botrytis and also to frost down to minus 18 °Celsius. It produces rosé-coloured white wines with a muscat tone and aromas of basil (to which the name Busuioacă refers), roses and peaches, which are mainly vinified semi-sweet and sweet. The variety is mainly cultivated in the Husi area, where the spicy brand wine of the same name is pressed from it. In 2016, 343 hectares of vineyards were designated in Romania (Kym Anderson).

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