Grape Guide: Stanushina
Stanushina is a red grape variety indigenous to Macedonia. Although quite an interesting variety, it is only produced by a couple of wineries on a commercial level.
Like many old Balkan grapes it was allowed to disappear during the communist period in favour of varieties with high yields. Stanushina, with its low levels of colour, tannin and fruit was just too difficult to cultivate.
Also known as Black Stanushina, the grape is found in vineyards throughout Macedonia, however, most known plantings are found in the Dimir Kapija area of the Tikveš region in Macedonia. From what we know, it tends to ripen in early October and is highly resistant to drought. It's also delicate and once picked, it needs a lot of attention in the cellar to produce good wine.
It produces light red wines with rustic red fruit and fresh vibrant acidity. The wines from this grape variety are very fresh, elegant, with raspberry, wild strawberry and red currant flavours, silky tannins and exceptional refreshing acidity.
Recommended Producers: Popova Kula | Brushani