Photo: Ministry of Agriculture The process of protection of the name “Brački varenik” began in August 2017, when the Agricultural Cooperative Supetar submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture a request for the protection of a geographical indication called “Brački varenik”. “Brački varenik” is produced on the island of Brač, which administratively belongs to the Split-Dalmatia County, and is divided into eight units of local self-government: the City of Supetar and municipalities: Postira, Pučišća, Selca, Bol, Nerežišća, Milna and Sutivan. 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. Along with the name “Brački varenik” are registered: Krk prosciutto, Extra virgin olive oil Cres, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto, Drniš prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljannik Krk olive oil, Korčula olive oil, Pag lamb, Šolta olive oil, Varaždin cabbage, Slavonian kulen / Slavonian kulin, Međimurje meat ‘from Tiblica, Slavonian honey, Lika lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorje mills, Pag cheese and Bjelovarski kvar. You can see the product specification “Brački varenik” here. “Brač varenik“Is a product used as a food supplement 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 a white grape variety. The European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on September 29, 2020 that “Brački varenik” received the European protected geographical indication, which entered it in the register protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and protected throughout the European Union. It’s about 26. 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.
- Brački varenik became the 26th Croatian product with a protected name in the European Union