Macedonia

A 12-post collection

The evolution of Kamnik's 10 Barrels Syrah

In modern wine making terms Macedonia is still a very young country. It only gained independence as recently as 1991, and with little history of quality focused producers before this, there is no legacy of fine wines for us to turn our attention to when seeking to understand today's wines. »

Producer Guide: Domaine Lepovo (Tikves, Macedonia)

Macedonia Domaine Lepovo is a new boutique winery owned exclusively by Tikves Winery. As part of their strategy for increasing the company's reputation for premium wine, they set about looking for additional premises and vineyards from which to launch a new brand. In 2013, when Fonko Winery ran into financial »

Buying Guide: Rep. Macedonia - 10 wines not to miss

The Republic of Macedonia continues to pick up new followers of the country's intriguing wines. Although much of the international enthusiasm can be put down to the fact that Macedonia is still an undiscovered wine territory, there is more than just novelty value going on here; a modest range of »

Smolnik Temjanika 2013 ageing well

So, Temjanika is one of the most exciting white grape varieties grown in Macedonia; its fragrant aromas of peach, melon and white blossom, combined with racy acidity make it impressively food friendly; add its sunny fruit flavours into the glass and you have a winner. There is perhaps no better »

Stobi Winery's 2014s show impressive quality

I was on the road in Macedonia in September 2014, travelling through regions such as Skopje, Veles, Tikves and Stip. At the time I noted the challenging vintage conditions facing producers. Heavy rains fell for an extended period and left growers looking to pin point the right picking window. The »

Producer Guide: Stobi Winery (Tikves, Macedonia)

Macedonian Producer Guide Stobi Winery, located in Gradsko, is one of the key players in Macedonia and one of the most recognisable Macedonian brands now found in international markets. With 600 hectares of vineyard and a brand new state of the art winery that boasts a production capacity of four »

Producer Guide: Chateau Kamnik (Skopje, Macedonia)

Macedonia | Macedonian Producer Guide Chateau Kamnik is one of the most exciting wineries in Macedonia. The winery combines an experimental dynamism with a commitment and aspiration to produce the best wines in the country. Situated just on the outskirts of Skopje with vineyards overlooking the city, Kamnik is a clear »

(Journal) The Macedonian Wine Guide is released

Winemaking goes back thousands of years in this ancient corner of the Balkans, but despite Macedonia‚Äôs rich viticultural heritage the country has seen a turbulent past. Five hundred years of Ottoman rule, world wars, communism and the trials and tribulations of competing in a globalised world now paint the »

Pondering terroir over Ohrid

I should do this more often!!! What a week of fine Macedonian hospitality, charmingly rustic country wines and several bottles of aggressively monstrous Vranec; I was sucked in, spat out and deposited quite conveniently on a rocky edifice overlooking Lake Ohrid and the 13th century Monastery of Saint Kaneo. Seven »