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A Brief Guide to Macedonian Wine

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:41 By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Macedonia has been producing wine since the early Roman times. Today, with it's a little over 2 million residents, Macedonia accounts for 3-4% of world's wine production. 

State Statistical Office of Macedonia published data according to which nearly 200 000 tonnes were produced in 2014. Around 86 million vines produced an average of 2 kg per vine. 48 000 agricultural holdings grow grapes on more than 22 000 hectares. It is estimated that nearly 19 millions liters of wine were produced in 2014 across the country, of which around 80% red wine.

Some of the red varieties are Vranec, Kratosija, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The most popular whites are Smederevka (the most common ingredient of the Balkan's spritzer) , Chardonney, Zilavka, and Sauvignon Blanc.  

The Vardar region is by far the largest producer of wine in the country. Vardar accounts for nearly a half of the total vines, and more than a half of total grape production. No wonder, most of the largest wineries like Tikves and Stobi are located in the Povardarie, a region around the Vardar River. The unique mix of the Mediterranean and Continental climate with an average of 260 sunny days per year, makes this region the most favorable for grape production.  

In 2014, Macedonia exported nearly 18 millions liters of bottled wine, worth around 19 millions euros. The biggest importers of Macedonian wines are Serbia and Croatia. The fact that France is importing more the 1 million liters of Macedonian wine speaks for itself. 

If you haven't already done so, grab a glass of Macedonian wine (it's good for you), just to see what's all the fuss about, or to fall in love with the Vardar wines.  

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