Macedonia is home to over 24,000 hectares of vineyards and a history of viticulture currently spanning! I had the joy of seeing this gorgeous country this season to make you the best of things to see, do 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 visit in Macedonia’s Povardarie Wine Region.
Povardarie: Situated in central Macedonia in the fertile Vardar River Valley.
The wines from Povardarie are distributed all around the world and are known to be of exceptional quality. The two main types are Smederevka and Vranec. Vranec is a grape which delivers a wine that is ruby-red that is medium-bodied .
Vranec pairs with roasted and grilled meats. Smederevka is among the oldest kinds found in the Balkans. It is a fruity sweet white table wine which goes well with cheese, green fries, and fish, particularly on hot days. It served as a spritzer and can also be mixed with pop.
P?inja-Osogovo: Situated in southern Macedonia, this region produces international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, one of many others. It generates a Balkan wine that’s tender and full-bodied Zilavka, and perfect served with poultry dishes, seafood, pasta, sausage, pasta, and desserts.
Pelagonija-Polog: Situated in western Macedonia, the Pelagonija-Polog region is responsible for producing 13% of the nation’s wine. A number of wines are made here, including Prokupec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Riesling, Chardonnay, Zilavka. Prokupec is a grape which can not be seen anywhere else on earth. It is often used for blending to produce Pinot Noir, Syrah, and rosé, but could also be served on its own. It has a ruby-red color and contains traces of sour cherry. It pairs well with vegetables, pasta, and light appetizers.
The Povardarie Wine Region is a tourist destination that is famous. Visitors will find it straightforward to arrange excursions in various winery hotels to the wineries for tastings dining adventures, and overnight stays.
Popova Kula Winery is always being named as one of the greatest wineries in Macedonia. This handsome estate offers hotel accommodations, dining, sightseeing tours, cooking courses, and folklore shows. For is the wine tasting but what everybody goes. The Popova Kula vineyards are located on the south slopes of Mount Veliko Brdo in the Povardarie Wine Region’s Tikvesh sub-region. Here, more than 20 wines are produced: more, and Vranec, Prokupec, Tamjanika Zilavka, Chardonnay, Stanushina.
Stanushina is a grape exclusively developed in Macedonia and will be also known to generate high quality wine with hints of strawberry, strawberry, and fruity notes. Popova Kula is the manufacturer of Stanushina on earth, and sells a model that is red and rosé.
Visiting Popova Kula Winery for a tasting is a necessity for any wine lover. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winery Tikves is the biggest and most awarded winery in Macedonia. Winery Tikves has been in business for more than 125 years and produces over 24 kinds of wine, of which the most sought-after are Traminec, T’ga za jug (a sort of Vranec), Chardonnay, Alexandria Cuvée (a lineup of blended wines), and the renowned Tikves brandy, Lozova Rakija.
Tikves also generates a line of Terroir wines (Terroir is the way the specific area’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine. Some areas are believed to possess more’terroir’ than many others.) These include their Barovo and Bela Voda brands .
Winery Tikves provides wine tours and tastings (minimal 2 days advanced reservation is needed ). The wine cellar is open to visitors Monday — Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. You might make dining reservations in the Tikves Winery Restaurant.
Stobi Winery is another winery located in the Povardarie Wine Region’s Tikvesh sub-region.
It gets its name from the nearby city of Stobi. Stobi has over 600 hectares of vineyard which make both red and white varieties including Muscat Ottonel, Zilavka, Shiraz, and Petit Verdot.
Stobi includes four wine labels — Premium Elite, and Traditional to suit every taste. A few of their wines include Syrah (Premium), Stobi Cuvée (Classic), Rosé Allegro (Elite), along with Makedonsko Belo (Conventional ).
It is highly encouraged to reserve a lunch in the restaurant, where you’ll get to the various wines of sample Stobi and enjoy desserts and Macedonian dishes. We advocate the Stobi Wine & Dine Tour (120 minutes) which includes a tour of their winery with an expert guide plus a sampling of appetizers, meats, cheeses, and wines. Email email@example.com to reserve a tour.
The Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August is extremely popular among tourists, but audiences and the temperatures can prove to be overly stressful for many travelers.
Macedonian summers are hot and winters are cold and moist, so we recommend seeing during the shoulder season when the weather is mild (mid-April into June and September to October).
You are in luck, if you are arranging a trip for September. This can be when the grape harvest occurs in Povardarie. The city of Kavadarci hosts the Festival of Wine and Grapes”Tikveski Grozdober” every year during the first week of September. This event marks the beginning of the grape harvest in the Tikves region. Festivities include wine tastings, folklore exhibits, wine presentations , concerts, food stalls, stores, along with carnival-like procession through he roads of Kavadarci.
So that you have my selections you must visit in the Povardarie Wine Region. I had the joy of sampling their goods seeing every one, and getting to understand the wine makers behind the scenes. Macedonia might not be the world wine manufacturer, but its wines are abundant and full of taste — the consequence of two or more millennia of training for them!
Special thanks to Macedonia Timeless and XShot.
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