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The white grape variety originates from the Balkan region. Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Banat Riesling, Zakkelweiß(Germany); Banatski Rizling, Kreáca, (former Yugoslavia); Creată, Creată de Banat, Franchie, Frâncușe, Kriaca, Păsărească Albă (Romania); Kreatza (Serbia); Riesling Banatsky (Slovakia); Bánáti Riesling (Hungary). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2016, it originates from a presumably natural cross between Coarnă Alba (Pukhliakovsky) x unknown partner. It should not be confused with Frâncușă or Riesling varieties, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. The grape variety was widespread in the Balkan region (parts of Romania, Serbia, Hungary). The varieties found in the individual countries show strong morphological differences, which proves a high age. The medium to late ripening, high-yielding vine is moderately susceptible to Botrytis and susceptible to both powdery mildews. It yields lightly aromatic, full-bodied white wines. The variety is grown in Romania (28 ha) and Hungary (2 ha). In 2016, a total of 30 hectares of vines were reported (Kym Anderson statistics).

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