“Brac varenik”, a traditional product of the island of Brac, received the European protected geographical indication, which is entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and protected on the whole territory of the European Union.
This is the 26th Croatian product whose name is registered in the EU and the EU mark of a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication on the packaging guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product.
The process of protection of the name “Brac varenik” began in August 2017 when the Agricultural Cooperative Supetar submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for protection of the geographical indication called “Brac varenik”.
“Brac varenik” is a product used as an addition to dishes and is obtained by boiling the squeezed juice of fresh or dried grapes of indigenous grape varieties until its volume is reduced to approximately one-third of the initial volume. It is a sweet and viscous liquid with a honey aroma, a mildly pronounced taste and aroma of grapes and a moderately pronounced taste of caramel. It is dark red to dark brown if it is made from black grape varieties, or dark yellow to light brown if it is made from white grapes.
The Republic of Croatia now has 26 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication. In addition to the name “Brac varenik”, Krk prosciutto, Neretva tangerine, Pag salt and cheese, Lika potatoes, Drniš and Dalmatian prosciutto, Korčula olive oil have been already registered.