Bosnia-Hercegovina red wines
Viticulture in Bosnia-Herzegovina is very much influenced by the two local grapes Žilavka (white wine) and Blatina (red wine), which together are planted on 95% of the approximately 6,000 hectares of cultivated land. Wines from the area of Mostar were once very popular at the Viennese court, which is why today the term "imperial vineyards" is still in use.
The Blatina is something like the Pinot Noir of the East, it produces structured red wines with elegant character, which are sometimes surprisingly lively, despite the warm climate. Another peculiarity of Blatina is that it is a purely female vine, unlike most other varieties that are hybrids. Therefore, you always need a partner who flowers at the same time to ensure pollination. That is why usually a plant of the varieties Alicante Bouchet or Gamayat is planted at the beginning of each row of vines. In addition, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have found a permanent place in the country. They often produce high-quality wines of international style, with a lot of fruit and body, especially if they are made by a first-class winery like Vina Zadro.