The Macedonian wine industry, however, is now undergoing a small revolution, its wines, both from well-funded commercial players and small boutique wineries, are now starting to gather a steady collection of medals in international competitions. Thus, Macedonian wines deserve to be brought to the attention of the wider wine-consuming world, which is just what Ivana Simjanovska, co-founder of the Macedonian Wine Club, and UK-based wine writer, Paul Caputo wish to do with the second edition of the Macedonian Wine Guide.
They offer an international insight into the wine industry, guiding the reader through the country’s 16 undiscovered wine districts, their terroir and local varieties. We can read about the history, current challenges and what the future holds for this region trying to rediscover itself. The guide is well laid-out with concise overviews and key information for all Macedonian wineries, 77 in total, along with tasting notes for some of the wines, all tasted by Ivana and Paul.
Having read the guide, you’ll want to visit the Povardarie Wine Region, responsible for 83% of the country’s production, try some local varieties, such as the flag-bearing Vranec or Smederevka, or rediscover old favourites bearing new names, for example Temjanika, better known as Muscat à Petit Grains, or Kratoshija (Primitivo).
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