Seventeen Roman emperors were born on the territory of present-day Serbia. In Sirmium (today Sremska Mitrovica), the then capital of the Roman Empire, seven were born.
One of them, Marcus Aurelius Probus, was remembered for being the first to plant a vine outside the Apennine Peninsula and plant it near Sirmium, on Alma Mons Mountain (present-day Fruska Gora), around 280 A.D.
And … that’s how the history of winemaking and viticulture began in the territory of today’s Serbia.
Nemanjici, a Serbian medieval dynasty whose 11 rulers were on the throne of Serbia from the middle of the 12th to the middle of the 14th, nurtured the cult of the grapevine and served their divine drink on their courts.
The time of modern Serbia (from the beginning of the 19th to the end of the first half of the 20th century) was marked by the royal families Obrenovic and Karadjordjevic (10 rulers altogether), who planted vines in Smederevo and Topola. Their vineyards, wine cellars, museums and residences are still operational today.

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