The first wines of modern Serbia
• Departure: from Belgrade
• Tour duration: from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6 hours)
• Minimum: 2 persons
• Guided tours in: English and German
• Guide with a certificate for conducting wine tours
• Visiting two wineries with wine tasting with local specialties
Velika Plana is a town 80 km away from Belgrade, located on the left bank of the Velika Morava River and directly along the Belgrade-Nis highway. And, this very exit from the highway symbolically represents the gateway to the Wine Road of Šumadija, and the first two wine stations, 10 kilometers away from the exit, are the places we visit on this trip.
The first stop is Krnjevo and Radovic Cellar, the official Superbrand of Serbia. Miodrag Mija Radovanovic started the wheel of history in 1990, when he founded this winery and marked the beginning of the modern era of Serbian winemaking. The first wines grown in this cellar restored faith in the knowledge of Serbian winemakers and the quality of Serbian wines. That is why staying in this winery and wine tasting is an event for a memorable and a story – about one Superbrand and one Supervinar. As part of the tour, we get to know how the winery grew and expanded from the small cellar, but we also visit a new winery, buried in a hill above the old one, which is intended to mature and nourish only one wine – the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The visit to this Temple of Wine ends with a tasting of three famous wines of this winery with a traditional Serbian snack.
The second stop is the Koporin Monastery, the endowment of Despot Stefan Lazarevic, a Serbian medieval ruler, a member of the European Knightly Order of Dragons. Despot’s musts are kept in this monastery, and at Ambelos Winery, which is part of the monastery, we enjoy the gastronomic specialties of this part of Serbia and taste wines that proudly bear the despot’s name and the dragon’s sign.
During this wine day we toast three times, following the Serbian tradition.