Kaštelanski Crljenak Origin Label Brings Croatia’s Zinfandel to Next Level

Daniela Rogulj

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Kaštelanski crljenak, celebrated in the world under the name Zinfandel or Primitivo, is becoming increasingly popular in Croatia, reports HRTurizam.

And now, 12 Kaštela winemakers can boast of the excellence of their wines from the Kaštelanski crljenak variety. Namely, the label of excellence is primarily intended to denote high-quality wines produced from this variety, and only to winemakers who have vineyards in Kaštela. If you do not produce wine in a Kaštela vineyard, then you cannot obtain this now sought-after label.

Those who have already tasted wine from Kaštelanski crljenak know it is highly esteemed, but this origin label raises it to a new level. The designation of origin is a more specific form of protection. It implies the essential or exclusive influence of special natural and human factors of a particular geographical environment and the resulting special quality and properties of products or services.


Geographical indications and designations of origin are protected as intellectual property to prevent their misuse or unauthorized use. They contribute to the higher market value of products and services corresponding to their specific characteristics and the reputation thus acquired.

The initiative came from the winemakers themselves, who were helped by the City of Kaštela, RERA, and the Zora Cluster to emphasize the quality and value that Kaštelanski crljenak has on the market. Thus, in addition to the already celebrated international wines Zinfandel and Primitivo, whose ancestral home is right in the Kaštela vineyards, Kaštelanski crljenak should get added value.

The 12 winemakers who officially carry Kaštelanski crljenak origin are: Anton Kovač and Ivan Kovač Matela in Kaštel Sućurac, Vlado Perišin and Jakov Bedalov in Kaštel Kambelovac, Anton Kovačev in Kaštel Lukšić, Dražan Krola and Ivica Kovačević in Kaštel Stari, Marin Milan, Ivica Radunić and Ante Kuzmanić in Kaštel Novi and Neven Vuina and Karlo Žanić in Kaštel Štafilić.

Kaštelanski Crljenak is an old, almost forgotten Croatian variety that has recently occupied the domestic and foreign wine-growing public. Namely, it was determined that Kaštelanski Crljenak and the American variety Zinfandel have identical genetic profiles, i.e., the same variety of wine that helped solve the mysteries of its origin.

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