What makes Macedonian wine special?
In terms of wine production, we are humble and ranked somewhere between 25th to 27th in the world. Macedonia has a unique climate where we see at least 270 sunny days every year, coupled with a range of microclimates created by the beautiful countryside of hills and mountains.
Let’s take Vranec for example, a grape that is not indigenous to Macedonia but we consider it to be our national treasure. It’s planted all over the country, although mostly in the Tikves wine district. Vranec is planted in various areas with different microclimates, and the result is different examples of the Vranec wine with distinct styles and tons of complexity, from one single grape variety.
Macedonia is famous for reds, but there are some notable regional white varieties including Zilavka, and Temjanika which is a sort of Muscat. We are very proud of Temjanika even though Muscat is not in high fashion around the world. Macedonian white wines can be fresh and fruity, and meant to be consumed young. They can also be heavier whites with tropical flavors, high alcohol, although acidity can be a problem.
As for the reds, they are boisterous, spicy, and very full bodied. You can find similarities between our red wines and those from other famous regions around the world such as Bordeaux and California. Those wines may be made from different grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but the quality level and the style are somewhat similar to ours.