Bracki Varenik Received Designation of Protected Geographical Origin

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September 30, 2020 – The European Commission announced on Tuesday that the entry of “Bracki varenik” in the list of products with a protected geographical indication had been approved, reports N1.

Bracki varenik is a product used as an addition to dishes and is obtained by boiling the squeezed juice of fresh or dried grapes until its volume is reduced to approximately one-third of the initial volume. It is produced from autochthonous grape varieties, namely from the red varieties Babic, Crljenko kastelanski, Plavac mali, and the white variety Marastina.

“Bracki varenik” is a sweet liquid of honey aroma, with a slightly pronounced taste and aroma of grapes, and moderately pronounced taste of caramel. It can be from dark red to dark brown if made from red grape varieties, or dark yellow to light brown if made from white grapes.

All phases of production of “Bracki varenik” take place exclusively on the island of Brac from the beginning of September to the end of October of the production season, i.e., the same year. Brac varenik has the status of a top spice that is in danger of falling into oblivion. Its production requires a lot of patience because it must boil for a long time, more than 15 hours. It is an energy concentrate with high sugar content and natural multivitamins and multi-minerals.

By registering a name as a geographical indication, the product’s name receives protection equivalent to an intellectual property right for products of a particular geographical origin, which, based on their origin, have special characteristics or reputation. By registering a name, the product is protected from misuse, imitation, or allusion to its name. In this way, the market value of economic operators’ products is increased because their uniqueness concerning other similar products or food products is guaranteed.

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