Several hundred hectares of Babic grapevine were planted in the past three years, or are currently being planted in the vicinity of Sibenik. Dozens of hectares are being planted on the finest positions near the town of Primosten, so this authentic Dalmatian variety will get its chance to reach the glory of its southern “neighbor”, Plavac Mali. Babic has dark blue grapes that give a dark and very “thick” wine with pleasant fruity aromas. It is nice to be consumed while it is young, but it is also suitable for prolonged aging.
There is a huge disproportion between the small number of truly excellent Babic wines, and the huge majority of plain or below average wines that Babic really should not be, if we take its potentials into account. A good Babic, due to its fruity aromas, will pair excellently with coque au vin, especially if the chicken meat is prepared in a Babic wine. Babic is also known as babica, babinka, crnac, grastavac, gresljivka, sibencanac, rogoznicanin, pazanin... It will also pair well with roasted chicken; boiled chicken calls for white wine.
A good choice is Marastina that is grown on the yeasts in Vinoplod’s cellar. With a limited yield and harvest, Marastina grapes yield exceptionally nice wine of golden yellow hue only after they fully mature. It can accumulate a lot of acidity, so it will do well with a higher percentage of alcohol.