Dessert wwine from Croatia | Desertno vino iz Hrvatske
Prošek is the most well known Croatian dessert wine. Despite its name it has nothing to do with the Italian Prosecco, which is a sparkling wine. There are no similarities between the products either with regards to production method, style or the grapes used, nor is there any relation between the origins of the two names.
Prošek is more likely to compare with the (less known) Italian dessert wine Vino Santo (holy wine). These are straw wines since they are produced by drying the freshly harvested grapes on straw mats in a warm and well ventilated area of the house.
This is the same style of production in Croatia. The composition is typically of Bogdanuša, Maraština 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).
Prošek is a sweet dessert wine that is traditionally from the southern area of Dalmatia. It is usually much more expensive than other wines due to an average of seven times more grapes being needed to make the same amount of wine.