The wine industry of the Macedonian Republic is dominated by red wines, and centers around two native varieties (Vranac and Kratosija), as well as some international varieties such as the ubiquitous Bordeaux wine grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The main wine-growing regions are Pcinja-Osogovo in the north, Pelagonija-Polog in the south and Povardarie.
The grape varieties common in cultivation includes a large proportion of indigenous varieties and varieties common to Central Europe and the Balkans, as well as some international varieties. Red varieties include Vranec (Vranac) (the most common variety of Macedonia), Kratosija, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. White varieties include Smederevka, Welschriesling (usually referred to as Laski Rizling), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zilavka.
The production of red wine dominates the Macedonian wine production, with around 80 per cent.
The Macedonian wine producers are full of hope. Their wine cultivation has lately seen a true revolution in enology, and they are now ready to win over the European continent.
LATEST issue 3/2019