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Wine regions in North Macedonia 1 growing regions

Description to North Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, became independent in 1991. For historical reasons, both Macedonia and (for the region of Macedonia with the three-fingered peninsula Chalkidike and the monk's republic Athos) claimed for themselves (see also under Macedonia). After many years of dispute, the two states came to an agreement in 2018. On 12 February 2019 the official renaming into Northern Macedonia (Republika Severna Makedonija) took place. Wine-growing in Northern Macedonia has a long tradition, as in all other former Yugoslav states.

Nordmazedonien - Weinberge bei Kavadarci / Tikveš

Wine growing areas

The Mediterranean-continental climate is characterized by mild winters and warm, sometimes even subtropical summers. The topography is characterised by mountains and barrenness. There are three wine-growing regions where "Vrvno Vino" with a controlled denomination of origin is produced:

Povardski (Vardar Valley)
Here 85% of the wines of Northern Macedonia are produced. The wine growing areas are centrally located along the river Vardar. These are Gevgelija-Valandovo, Kochani-Vinica, Ovce Pole, Skopje, Strumica-Radoviste, Tikveš, Titov Veles and Veles.

Pcinsko Osogovski
Here are the wine-growing areas of Kocani, Kratovo, Kumanovo and Pijanecki, located in the east.

Pelagonijsko-Poloski
Here you can find the wine-growing areas of Bitola, Ohrid, Tetovo, Kicevo, Prilep and Prespa, located in the west.

List of grape varieties

About 80% of the vineyard area is planted with red wine varieties and 20% with white wine varieties. The vineyards cover 24,777 hectares, of which about 1 million hectolitres of wine are produced. The grape varieties in 2016 (Kym Anderson):

Grape variety

Colour

Synonyms or name in Northern Macedonia

Hectare

Vranac red Vranec 9.500
Dimyat white Smederevka 6.500
Merlot red - 1.240
Cabernet sauvignon red - 1.020
Tribidrag red Kratošija 1.000
Riesling qwiß - 900
Chardonnay white - 750
Pinot noir red - 500
Rkatsiteli white - 460
Prokupac red - 445
Muscat Blanc / Muscat Plate white Temjanika 400
Stanušina Crna red - 400
Muscat d'Hamburg red - 350
Welschriesling white Graševina 270
Pamid red Plovdina 250
Župljanka white - 250
Blanc sauvignon white - 185
Žilavka white - 185
Plavac Mali red - 50
Kadarka red - ?
Opsimo Edessis white - ?
Traminer white Traminac ?
Začinak red - ?
Ohridsko Crno red - ?
Terrano red - ?
remaining red varieties red - 71
remaining white varieties white - 51

Wine law & producers

The Wine Act, which came into force in 2004, is based on EU standards. The designation for the quality wines with controlled origin is Vrvno Vino. In the 1980s, two thirds of Yugoslavia's total wine production was produced in the SR Macedonia. Today, the approximately 40 wineries are fully privatized. The most important producer is the Tikves Winery, founded in 1946 as a winegrowers' cooperative. Others are Bovin-Negotino, Lozar-Veles and Povardarie-Negotine.

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