What’s in a name? – Italy and Croatia clash in the Prosecco wine wars
Italy and Croatia and Italy have renewed their quarrel over the names of prosecco and prošek wines.
What’s in a name?
This is the second time Italy has tried to block Croatia’s efforts to gain special European recognition for its dessert wine as Croatian winemakers fight to defend their age-old dessert wine, proek.
After Croatia requested special recognition of Prosecco from the European Commission, Italy said it would defend Prosecco at all costs with Veneto Governor Luca Zaia, saying Prosecco must be protected at all costs. levels. “Prosecco has its own identity, and it is a shame that Europe allows such operations,” he said.
Italy managed to block Croatia for the first time in 2013, when it argued that the name prošek looked too much like prosecco. While Croatian winemakers agreed that the two words sound similar, they also argued that consumers can easily distinguish between the two.
Prosecco is made from raisins and originates from Dalmatia, which was ruled by the Republic of Venice from 1420 to 1797.
“Think about it, the capital of my island was Venice, so it’s almost like a battle with the Venetians. Obviously, the two languages will find similarities. If you ask a stranger, I’m “Surely 99% of people will understand that these are two different words.” In terms of products, prosecco is similar to vin santo and prosecco is similar to white wine with sparkling water, ”said winemaker Ivo Dubokovic from Jelsa, Hvar.
Italian prosecco producers claim their wines are over 2,000 years old. Although Prosecco has a long history, it was not until the 1930s that the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in northeastern Italy were officially recognized as the Proseccos wine that we know and appreciate today.
Italy’s main farmers’ association, Coldiretti, said Croatia’s decision was “an attack on Italy”.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, be sure to come back and check the Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news.