Macedonia is home to a history of viticulture and hectares of vineyards spanning over 2,000 years! I had the pleasure of visiting this gorgeous country to give you the very best of what to see, do and eat.
Wineries You Must 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: Located in central Macedonia in the fertile Vardar River Valley.
The wines from Povardarie are proven to be of exceptional quality and are spread all over the world. The two chief types discovered here are Smederevka and Vranec. Vranec is a red grape that generates a ruby-red wine that is medium-bodied .
Vranec pairs well with roasted and grilled meats. Smederevka is among the oldest varieties. It is a fruity sweet white table wine that goes well with cheese green salads, and fish, especially on hot days. It served as a spritzer and can also be combined with soda.
P?inja-Osogovo: Located in eastern Macedonia, this region produces international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, among many others. It generates Zilavka, a Balkan wine that is dry and bloated, and perfect served with appetizers, seafood, poultry, pasta dishes, cheese, and desserts.
Pelagonija-Polog: Located in western Macedonia, the Pelagonija-Polog region is responsible for generating 13 percent of the nation’s wine. A number of wines are manufactured here, such as Prokupec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Vranec, Riesling, Chardonnay, Zilavka. Prokupec is. It is used for mixing to generate rosé, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, but can be served by itself. It contains traces of cherry and has a color. It pairs nicely with light appetizers, pasta, pasta, and vegetables.
The Povardarie Wine Region is a well-known tourist destination. Visitors will find it simple to arrange tours in winery hotels to the wineries for tastings dining adventures, and overnight stays.
Popova Kula Winery is being named among the best wineries in Macedonia. This handsome estate features hotel accommodations, dining, sightseeing tours, cooking lessons, and folklore shows. However, what everybody goes for is your wine tasting. Even the Popova Kula vineyards are located in the slopes of Mount Veliko Brdo at this Povardarie Wine Region’s Tikvesh sub-region. Here, over 20 wines are produced: Vranec Tamjanika, Merlot, Zilavka Stanushina, and much more.
Stanushina is developed in Macedonia and is proven to create high quality wine with hints of strawberry strawberry, and other fruity notes. Popova Kula sells a variant, and is the manufacturer of Stanushina in the world.
Visiting Popova Kula Winery for a tasting is a must-do for any wine enthusiast. Email email@example.com.
Winery Tikves is your largest and most. Winery Tikves has been in business for over 125 years and produces over 24 types of wine, of which the most sought-after are Traminec, T’ga za jug (a kind of Vranec), Chardonnay, Alexandria Cuvée (a line of blended wines), along with also the famous Tikves brandy, Lozova Rakija.
Tikves also creates a line of Terroir wines (Terroir is the way the particular area’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine. Some regions are said to possess greater’terroir’ than many others.) These include Bela Voda brands and their Barovo .
Winery Tikves provides wine tours and tastings (minimal 2 days advanced booking is required). The wine cellar is open to visitors Monday — Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. You might also make dining reservations in the Tikves Winery Restaurant.
Stobi Winery is another winery located in the Tikvesh sub-region of This Povardarie Wine Region.
It gets its name from the nearby historical city of Stobi. Stobi has over 600 hectares of vineyard which make both red and white types such as Shiraz, Muscat Ottonel, Zilavka, and Petit Verdot.
Stobi includes four wine labels — Conventional, and Premium Elite to match every taste. Some of their wines have been Syrah (Premium), Stobi Cuvée (Classic), Rosé Allegro (Elite), also Makedonsko Belo (Conventional ).
It is highly advised to reserve a lunch in the restaurant, where you are going to have to sample Stobi wines and revel in desserts and traditional Macedonian dishes. We advocate the Stobi Wine & Dine Tour (120 minutes) that includes a tour of the winery with an expert guide and a sampling of appetizers, meats, cheeses, and wines. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a tour.
The high temperatures and crowds can end up being too stressful for a number of travelers, although the Ohrid Summer Festival in July and August is extremely popular among tourists.
Macedonian summers are hot 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).
If you are arranging a trip for September you are in luck. This can be when the grape harvest occurs at Povardarie. The city of Kavadarci hosts the Festival of Wine and Grapes”Tikveski Grozdober” annually during the first week of September. This event marks the beginning of the grape harvest in the Tikves region. Festivities include procession through he main roads of Kavadarci, folklore exhibits, wine presentations , wine tastings, food stalls, shops, along with restaurants.
So that you have my choices for the best wineries you must visit in the Povardarie Wine Region. I had the pleasure of sampling their products visiting each one, and getting to know the devoted wine manufacturers behind the scenes. Macedonia may not be the planet’s most famous wine manufacturer, but its aromas are abundant and full of taste — the consequence of more than two millennia of practice to get them right!
Special thanks to Macedonia Timeless and XShot.
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