The white grape comes from Bosnia Herzegovina, Synonyms are Jilavka, Mostarska, Mostarska Žilavka, Zilavka Bianca, Žilavka Bijela, Zilavka Blanche, Žilavka Hercegovacka and Zilavka White. According to 1999 done DNA analysis There is a relationship to the variety Teran Bijeli (Prosecco = Glera ). She may despite morphological Similarities not with the variety Furmint (Synonym Žilavka) are confused. The late-ripening vine is prone to fake mildew. Botrytis and spring frosts, but resistant to drought, It produces alcoholic, acidic white wines with aromas of nuts and apricots and aging potential. Žilavka is by far the most common variety in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where it is grown mainly in the Mostar region in the south of the country. There are also stocks in Croatia. Montenegro. Northern Macedonia and Serbia, In 2010, however, no stocks were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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