Prošek is a sweet dessert wine that is traditionally from the southern area of Dalmatia, Croatia. It is made using dried wine grapes in the passito method. Good quality Prošek is usually much more expensive by volume than other wines due to an average of seven times more grapes being needed to make the same amount of wine. While it can vary in the maximum amount, the alcohol level needed to be certified as a true dessert wine must be at least 15%.
The composition is typically of Bogdanuša, Maraština, and/or Vugava (all native Croatian white grapes) with higher-end versions being a blend of the base white grapes and Plavac Mali (a red Croatian grape).
Confusion with other grapes
Although there have been suggestions that Prošek is related to the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco there are no similarities between the products either with regards to production method, style or the grapes used, and there is no relation between the origins of the two names. Because of the name similarity, on 1 July 2013, EU banned the use of name Prošek in all of their members. Croatia filed a complaint, as a Croatian winegrower claimed that the wine had been produced "for at least 2000 years".
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