Feb 13: When people think of European vacation destinations Montenegro is usually not the first place that comes to mind. This being said, the country has been experiencing a massive increase in tourism over the last decade. With its Adriatic coastline, rugged mountain ranges, and medieval villages it has the mix of natural beauty and historical intrigue that many travelers find appealing.
One particular aspect of Montenegro that has been receiving more attention as of late is its wine. The favorable climate mixed with a rich history of winemaking has produced some world-class Vineyards which are starting to get the recognition they deserve. While wine tourism has been increasing in Montenegro not everyone knows which Vineyards to visit. Here we will look at the seven best Vineyards to visit in Montenegro.
1. Cemovsko Field: Established in 1963 this 2310 hectares of farmland is the largest single Vineyard in all of Europe. This Vineyard produces the largest selection of grapes in Montenegro. One of their wines, a white crnogorski sauvignon, has won international awards for its fresh and fruity flavor. Any visit to the site will include a detailed tour of the substantially sized estate as well as tasting from its large wine cellar.
2. Mola Family Vineyards: Located in the famous Podgorica wine region, this large estate produces some of the best wins in Montenegro. The Vineyard is also located from the historical site of Duklja which includes ruins of an old Roman village.
The mountainous location of the Mola Family Vineyards offers prime growing conditions as well as beautiful scenery. It is often considered one of the most visually appealing Vineyards in Montenegro. The Vineyard is known for its Merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
3. Redevik Estate: Located in the quaint village of Rogami, this small, family-run estate is known for its excellent Vranac and Syrah. The Redevik Estate is a family business, one that focuses on sustainable practices. The idyllic conditions and top-notch hospitality make for an excellent experience.
4. Castel Savina: This Vineyard is located in an area of Montenegro with quite a bit of historical significance. The Savina region where Castel Savina resides is also home to a beautifully constructed monastery which was founded by the Duke of Saint Savina.
The grounds also offer a stunning view of the Bay of Kotor as well as luscious greenery. They are best known for their Merlot but produce several other top quality wines. Josh Green, a travel blogger at Bigassignments and Oxessays, recalls from his visit “While the focus was on the wine, the surroundings did not disappoint either. Being able to experience great wine, stunning natural beauty, and historic architecture all in the same place was a major win for me”.
5. Winery Mašanović: The winery was established in 1968 and quickly gained a reputation as a top-quality wine producer. The winery is located in the small town of Virpazar on the Balkan peninsula. The surrounding areas, which was officially declared a national park, was nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The area is known for its natural beauty and agreeable climate.
6. Rupice Winery: One of the oldest Wineries in Montenegro, it gained popularity when one of its wines was sampled at the Balkan Wine Fair held in London in 1908. All grapes are cultivated in limited quantities to avoid overproduction. The winery has also maintained many traditional farming techniques that add to the charm.
7. Milovic Winery: Located just outside of Ulcinj in the southernmost region of Montenegro, this Winery produces roughly 20,000 bottles of wine per year. The area is home to some of the best beaches in Montenegro and also enjoys the warmest climate. The winery also functions as an Olive plantation, which many visitors find interesting. Sophia Smalls, a lifestyle writer at Stateofwriting and Academized, found her visit to be very enjoyable, commenting “The wine is excellent! The rustic wine cellar and buildings added a certain charm to the place that it is hard to find elsewhere. The winery also has a top-class apartment complex with a swimming pool and tennis courts where people can spend a couple of days to enjoy the surroundings and the wine”.
Montenegro is an excellent destination for any wine enthusiast. The old wine culture mixed with the beautiful, untouched natural surroundings is a big reason for its increase in popularity.
If all this has inspired you to visit Montenegro, the cheapest way to get there is to fly into Dubrovnik airport in Croatia, 20 minutes from the border of Montenegro, where You can also save money by travelling off-peak, in May, June, September or October, when the weather will be milder and more pleasant.
Molly Crockett is a travel and lifestyle blogger at Ukwritings and Boomessays. Her personal development articles can be read in several online magazines and publications. She also maintains a blog at Essayroo online writing services.
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