Bogdanuša, a traditional white grape variety from Dalmatia, originates from the island of Hvar and produces pleasant golden yellow wines with low acidity.
Bogdanuša is an indigenous Croatian white grape variety grown in central and southern Dalmatia, thought to have originated from the area between the towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa on the island of Hvar, or the Stari Grad Plain. Its place of origin was placed under UNESCO protection, as this is a cultural landscape that hasn’t changed since 4th century BC, when the Greeks colonised the island. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves in this area of Hvar has held on to this day – locals use small plots of land for agriculture, including for growing Bogdanuša, surrounded by well-preserved ancient dry-stone walls. According to folklore, high-quality wine produced from this white grape variety was often drunk during religious holiday celebrations, and since the wine was considered to be “a gift from God” (Bogom dano in Croatian), the grape was given the name Bogdanuša or Bogdanjuša.
This traditional Dalmatian white variety produces a high yield and ripens in the period from June to September. The interest of winegrowers in this variety is increasing due to its high yield and specific properties. Faced with growing competition in the area of grape varieties typically grown in Dalmatia, numerous winegrowers are using the opportunity to revive old varieties such as the Bogdanuša to gain an advantage on the market. Bogdanuša grapes produce golden yellow wine with low acidity, and are often used for coupage with other indigenous white grape varieties. Bogdanuša is served chilled at 10 or 12 ˚C, and it pairs well with cooked dishes that contain fish, fish carpaccio and cold seafood salads, as well as cooked beef and lamb dishes.