Bermet Liqueur from Samobor to Be Registered Under EU’s Protected Designation of Origin Scheme

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One of the most famous symbols of Samobor is getting the recognition it deserves.

Bermet, a dessert wine containing 16-18 percent alcohol, that the Town of Samobor and the area of Pleševica are famous for, is going to get the EU’s protected designation of origin (PDO), ZG Express reports on September 6, 2017.

Files that have been found in the Samobor Museum indicate that its production started in the 18th c., when Samobor pharmacists started producing it for medicinal purposes. It was originally intended to be a digestif, but it is used more widely nowadays, mostly as a dessert wine or aperitif.

Five professional bermet producers from Samobor have requested it from the EU and it has been established that the claims that Napoleon’s soldiers brought it to Samobor are false because there is no similar recipe in France. Other countries in the region also produce it, but only the Samobor kind is authentic.

Bermet is produced by adding Mediterranean fruit to red wine and keeping it in oak barrels for at least six months, after which it is moved to a stainless steel barrel.
One of the most famous bermet producers in Samobor is the Filipec family, who have been producing bermet since 1946, which has since become the symbol of Samobor, together with muštarda – a type of mustard with jam and sugar, also produced by the Filipec Family.

Bermet is served chilled, with no ice or lemon. Find out more about it here.

Excerpts translated from ZG Express.


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