Macedonia is home to hectares of vineyards and also a long history of viticulture spanning over 2,000 decades! I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country earlier this year to bring you the very best of things do to see and eat.
Wineries You Have To See in the Povardarie Wine Region
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Here we will explore the 3 wineries you must see in the Povardarie Wine Region of Macedonia.
Povardarie: Situated in central Macedonia from the fertile Vardar River Valley.
The wines out of Povardarie are spread all over the world and are proven to be of exceptional quality. The two chief kinds discovered here are: Vranec and Smederevka. Vranec is a red grape that creates a medium-bodied wine that is ruby-red .
Vranec pairs with broiled and grilled meats. Smederevka is among the kinds found in the Balkans. It’s a fruity candy white table wine that goes well with cheese green salads, and fish, especially on warm days. It can be mixed with soda and functioned as a spritzer.
P?inja-Osogovo: Situated in southern Macedonia, this region produces international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, one of many others. Additionally, it produces a Balkan white wine that’s tender and bloated Zilavka, and perfect served with poultry dishes, seafood, pasta, appetizers, cheese, and desserts.
Pelagonija-Polog: Situated in western Macedonia, the Pelagonija-Polog region is responsible for producing 13 percent of the country’s wine. A variety of wines are manufactured here, including Prokupec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Riesling, Chardonnay, Zilavka. Prokupec is a grape that can not be seen anywhere else on earth. It is widely used for mixing to create rosé, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, but can also be served by itself. It contains hints of sour cherry and has a ruby-red colour. It pairs nicely with pasta, appetizers, and vegetables.
The Povardarie Wine Region is a tourist destination that is well-known. Visitors will discover that it is simple to arrange excursions at winery resorts to the wineries for tastings, elegant dining adventures, and stays.
Popova Kula Winery is being named among the best wineries in Macedonia. This estate offers dining, hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, cooking classes, and folklore shows. For is the wine tasting However, what everybody goes. The Popova Kula vineyards are located in the west slopes of Mount Veliko Brdo from the of this Povardarie Wine Region. Here, over 20 wines have been created: Vranec Tamjanika, Merlot, Zilavka Stanushina, and much more.
Stanushina is a grape solely developed in Macedonia and will be also proven to make wine with hints of strawberry, strawberry, and other fruity notes. Popova Kula is the only manufacturer of Stanushina in the world, and sells a rosé and red version.
Seeing Popova Kula Winery for a tasting is a must-do for any wine enthusiast. Email email@example.com.
Winery Tikves is the largest and most awarded winery in Macedonia. Winery Tikves has been operating for over 125 decades and generates over 24 kinds of wine, where the most sought-after are Traminec, T’ga za jug (a type of Vranec), Chardonnay, Alexandria Cuvée (a lineup of blended wines), along with also the famous Tikves brandy, Lozova Rakija.
Tikves also produces a line of Terroir wines (Terroir is how a particular area’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine. Some areas are said to have greater’terroir’ than others.) Included in these are their Barovo and Bela Voda manufacturers .
Winery Tikves provides wine tours and tastings (minimum 2 days advanced booking is required). The wine cellar has been available to visitors Monday — Saturday, from 10% to 6 pm. You can even make dining reservations at the Tikves Winery Restaurant.
Stobi Winery is Just Another winery located in the of the Povardarie Wine Region.
It gets its name from the ancient town of Stobi. Stobi has over 600 hectares of vineyard which make both white and red types including Zilavka, Muscat Ottonel, Shiraz, and Petit Verdot.
Stobi has four wine labels — Conventional, and Premium, Classic, Elite to suit every taste. A few of their wines include Syrah (Premium), Stobi Cuvée (Classic), Rosé Allegro (Elite), and Makedonsko Belo (Conventional ).
It’s highly advised to book a lunch at the restaurant, where you are going to get to the various wines of sample Stobi and revel in Macedonian dishes and desserts. We recommend the Stobi Wine & Dine Tour (120 minutes) that comprises a tour of the winery with an expert guide and a sampling of appetizers, meats, cheeses, and wines. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a tour.
The Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August is extremely popular with tourists, however, crowds and also the temperatures can prove to be too stressful for a number of travelers.
Macedonian summers are warm and winters are cold and moist, so we recommend visiting during the shoulder season once the weather is moderate (mid-April into June and September to October).
You’re in luck if you are arranging a trip for September. This can be when the grape harvest occurs at Povardarie. The town of Kavadarci hosts the Festival of Wine and Grapes”Tikveski Grozdober” annually during the first week of September. This yearly event marks the beginning of the grape crop in the Tikves region. Festivities include wine presentations, folklore shows, restaurants and wine tastings, food booths, shops, along with carnival-like procession through he streets of Kavadarci.
So there you have my choices for the wineries you must see in the Povardarie Wine Region. I had the pleasure of visiting each one, sampling their products that are awesome, and getting to understand the wine makers. Macedonia may not be the world wine manufacturer, but its aromas are abundant and full of flavor — the result of two or more millennia of practice for them just perfect!
Special thanks to Macedonia Timeless and XShot.
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