The white grape variety comes from Slovenia or Croatia. Synonyms are Belina Pleterje, Plavis, Praskava Belina, Ranfol Beli, Ranfol Bijela, Sremska Bijolina, Stajerska Belina (Styrian white), Urbanka and Vrbanka. It should not be confused with Gouais Blanc (Heunisch), for which the synonym Stajerska Belina was/is often used. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2012, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Vulpea x Gouais Blanc. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics). The high-yield vine produces light-coloured white wines. It is cultivated in Slovenia under the name Belina Pleterje, mainly in the Podravje and Posavje areas, and is permitted in PTP wine Cviček. In Croatia it is mainly cultivated in the north, in 2010 134 hectares of vineyard area were designated here.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)