Kovačević (Irig, Serbia): An Autumn Lullaby

On the way to Novi Sad, in a little place called Irig, I experienced a stunning autumn idyll. On paper it was still summer, but the charm of Fruška Gora combined with rain and fallen leaves indicated that the summer season went into hibernation a long time ago.

In the afternoon, I arrived to the old-fashioned Norcev Hotel, located in the middle of Fruška Gora National Park, far from the crowded highway. There was not a lot of time for resting because a gala evening was scheduled at the Kovačević Wine House, but the superb experience started in the Kovačević winery through which I was guided by Miroslav Kovačević and director of the Frutela distribution company, Siniša Davidović. I have to say that the winery is fantastically well-equipped and every member shows superb potential for invariable progress, followed by hard work. The winery has 10 hectares of vineyards which are located on the south-facing slopes of Fruška Gora, Srem (altitude of 240m). Here, the tradition of growing grapes and producing wine is going on for more than 100 years. Continue reading “Kovačević (Irig, Serbia): An Autumn Lullaby”

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The European California: Mostar Wine Country

The sun did us a favor during our initial visit to the Mostar wine region. In the early morning, a group of ten people headed to their first destination — Čitluk. Mr. Josip Brkić, together with his sons, welcomed us with a light breakfast and four wines: a fresh Žilavka, Greda (sur lie Žilavka), Mjesečar and Plava Greda (Blatina barrique). We were especially intrigued by Mjesečar as the only biodynamic wine in the country, but not lacking strong aromas and body for a second. The second destination was the winery Vilinka (village Sretnice), where we experienced a mini-tour guided by Mr. Velimir Ereš, owner and winemaker. Along with lunch (splendid lamb and stew), we were served four wines: Žilavka, Blatina (basic and barrique versions). Barrique versions of these wines are available on the market at the end of every year and sell pretty fast, because of a small production and huge demand. I can only say it is worth the wait every year! Velimir gave us a tour through his vineyards, which were not far from his winery, telling us the details about the fruit, soil and vintages.

After Sretnice, we went to Međugorje to visit the cellar of Mr. Grga Vasilj. We tried four different wines: Žilavka, Blatina (basic and barrique styles) with wonderful prosciutto served fresh on the spot. The final destination was one of the most modern wineries in the country — winery Nuić.
Mr. Nuić conducted us primarily through the Crnopod vineyards and then trough the main part of production and storage. There we had a chance to pair the entire selection of Nuić wines with a variety of cheeses (young and aged) and prosciutto, all local. Continue reading “The European California: Mostar Wine Country”