Where Alexander the Great originated, there emerges some great wine. Yes, I am referring to Macedonia. In that country you will no less than 16 wine producing regions. While carbernet, chardonnay, merlot, riesling, and sauvignon grapes are all often used by Macedonian viticulturalist and vintners, what’s fascinating to the nose and mouth comes from indigenously grown Macedonian grapes.
Macedonia today is indeed part of Greece. Macedonia has a unique climate compared to the rest of Greece, having considerably wider variations in temperature than the rest of the the unified Greek national regions and city-states. The Macedonian country also has a surprisingly long history of wine production. Ancient Greek philosopher Clearchus of Soli wrote Maron (Maroneia), son of Evanthis of Thrace, was the first to discover the art of making wine; nevertheless, the very first signs of a place where wine was made are to be found in eastern Macedonia. Archaeologists and historians date the first cultivation of grape seeds for wine making in that region back to between 2800 and 2200 BCE.
Macedonian wines are usually created in that country’s coastal regions (most prominently Chaldiki) and those protected from the north winds while receiving sunshine all year long. Here, the Winters are warm, the Summers are dry, and the soil composition perfection for grapevine growing. The best wines of Macedonia are full-bodied in taste and treat your sense of smell to a harmonious structure of overtones as you drink.
Highly recommended by wine enthusiasts are the Macedonian wines of Chateau Kamnik . One of that producer’s award-winning best offerings is its Ten Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. This wine earned multiple prestigious awards throughout 2009 and 2010. It’s recommended that this 24-month-aged,silky smooth, rich red wine with its flavor overtones of black currants, dried plums, vanilla, and others be drunk with rich, tender meat dishes. You can expect to pay $40 USD for this wine.
The Tikves winery of Macedonia is known for producing mid-priced wines of high quality and fullness of body for the price range. Much of the wine here is produced from the”Kratošija” grape, which is like the Macedonian equivalent of California’s Zinfondel grape. A favorite among wine enthusiasts is Tikves’ Barova 2012, made from the Kratošija grapes. The vintner recommends that this fruity, long-finishing red be accompanied by “old cheese” or grilled dishes such as grilled lamb.
For quality Macedonian wine at a low (less than $20 USD) price, you can try out the Bovin Winery’s Symphony 2011 . A blended wine which is one-third (mostly non-tasted) Riesling as well as a third chardonnay (the most prominent flavor), wine enthusiasts recommend this wine for the budget-conscious who are having some tasty seafood dishes or want a wine to have cheese with.
So. Looking for unique, delicious wines at affordable prices? Try out something from Macedonia–the original “Vineland”.