Depending on vinatge, Kratoshija may at one point thrill and fascinate you, and in another, leave you indifferent. Anyway, it deserves full attention.
The latest news in terms of its origin is an intrigue that brought certain polemics among the scientific mass. More precisely, the Kratoshija genetic origin is the same as the one of Primitivo variety, i.e., Zinfandel or Crljenak Kaštelanski.
For a clearer and more vivid explanation of the bond among all these varieties, the story has to begin from scratch.
Still, Primitivo was nowhere mentioned as an autochthon Italian variety, so the enigma remained unsolved again. On the other side of the Adriatic Sea, the most interesting variety similar to Zinfandel was Plavec. It is sustained by genetic identification that Zinfandel is unexpectedly one of the descendants of the Dalmatia variety Plavec.
The cluster of the Kratoshija variety is of medium size, cylindrical and conical in shape and often with one separate rachis, medium compressed or mealy. The berry is medi¬um-sized, round to flat with thick skin and dark blue in colour.
To end, the fact that Zinfandel, Primitivo, Crljenak Kaštelanski and Kratoshija are the same variety known by different names is indisputable. Still, when grown in different climate and soil conditions, regardless of its name, it produces specific wines that characterize the vineyard where it is grown. All the previously mentioned facts about the origin can finally put an emphasis to the Kratoshija variety, which was unjustifiably forsaken, and now it is time for its glory to only rise and spread.