With the advent of DNA typing for grapevines in the 1990s, zinfandel’s origins came to be known. The discovery also revealed that several other grapes were the same as zinfandel, although they carried other names. Which of the following grapes is not identical to zinfandel?

A. Primitivo

B. Plavac Mali

C. Crljenak Kaštelanski

D. Tribidrag


DNA typing reveals that the Italian grape primitivo, and the Croatian grapes crljenak kaštelanski and tribidrag are synonyms for zinfandel. Plavac mali (also well known in Croatia) is not the same variety, but it is the offspring of zinfandel.

Get WineSpeed

Join tens of thousands of other wine lovers. Get each week’s edition of WineSpeed delivered to your inbox every Friday. It’s fast. It’s free. It’s the smartest way to stay up to speed on wine.
Email address
First Name
Last Name
Other Way You Heard About Us
Be sure to check your inbox to confim your subscription.