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Pošip Bijeli

The white grape variety originates from Croatia, namely from the island of Korčula. Synonyms are Pošip, Pošip Veliki, Pošipak and Vrgorski Bijeli. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2002, it originated from a presumably natural cross between the varieties Zlatarica Blatska Bijela x Bratkovina Bijela. The long-suspected relationship (similarity) with the Hungarian Furmint (also called Pošipel in Croatia) has turned out to be incorrect. Likewise, there is no relationship to the rare red variety Pošip Crni. The early-maturing vine is sensitive to strong winds and drought, as well as susceptible to both types of mildew. It yields fresh, fruity white wines. The variety is mainly cultivated in southern Dalmatia, mainly on the island of Korčula. It is often blended with the Bratkovina Bijela variety and also used for the dessert wine Prošek. In 2010, 253 hectares were still designated, but there was no longer any stock in 2016 (Kym Anderson).

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