Wines of Macedonia (WOM)

Invitation of the occasion of ProWein 2013

Vranec vinyards in Tikves wine region

Dear Sir or Madam,

“Wines of Macedonia” is represented at this year’s ProWein by 9 exhibitors who will be delighted to introduce you to their selection of top-quality wines. The Macedonian exhibitor’s list contains the small boutique-winery as well as the market leader in the Balkans, “newcomers” in international business as well as traditionally export-oriented companies.

In the middle of Balkan Peninsula, between the Mediterranean and continental climate, the Republic of Macedonia is a third largest wine producer in Southeast Europe. The nation’s dry summers and mild winters with totally 265 sunny days per year, combined with its rich rocky soil conditions yield aromatic, rich, full-bodied wines that taste unlike anything you might have already enjoyed from other countries.

Currently there are 29.000 hectares of vineyards providing livelihood of some 15.000 grape growing families dedicated to produce wholesome sun kissed grape clusters of world WELL known but also diversity of indigenous varieties Smederevka, Temjanika, Belan, Zupljanka, Zilavka from whites and Kratoshia, Prokupec and flagship red variety, powerful Vranec.

The Macedonian Pride “Vranec” is ancient Balkan indigenous variety, but most important grape variety in Macedonia. As it is a local specialty and due to its localised geography, it produces a dry red wine of a unique taste and character that is synonymous with the Balkans. The word Vranec means strong black and powerful horse (black stallion), and wine made from this variety of grape is associated with strength, potency, and success. Vran also means raven colored or black, that’s why red wine is also known as black wine in Macedonia.

A decade of intensive developments in grape growing and wine making, new emerged wineries, old ones restructured marked commitment of leading producers and wine makers to put Macedonia on the international wine map. Devotion to quality and sincere desire to offer uniqueness and new sensation to the palate of consumers continuously advances the image of our wines making wine the second most important export product. Wine sector in Macedonia contributes around 55 million Euros annually, for more than 115 million liters of wine exported.

It is our pleasure to kindly invite you to taste wines from Macedonia and enjoy the experience of sophistication and tradition blended in every drop.

“Wines of Macedonia” at ProWein, from 24th to 26th March 2013, daily from 9 am to 6 pm, Hall 7a, Stand E 03.

Cordially yours,
Association Wines of Macedonia