COUNTRY: SERBIA WINE REGION: MORAVA
ABOUT WINE REGION
Smederevo is in the heart of the Morava wine region. Blessed with good soil and a microclimate, the area has all the ingredients for good winemaking, with the level of sugar in its wine reaching 26 %. Viniculture was introduced by Emperor Probus in the 3rd century AD, and the tradition is celebrated during the annual wine festival Smederevska jesen (Smederovo Autumn). Serbian medieval rulers also grew grapes here.
The town of Smederevo (15th century) was built as his capital town by the Serbian Despot Djuradj Branković. In its final form, it was a huge 25 tower fort on the Danube! The fortress was built relatively quickly as the Turkish invaders were closing in. During its construction, there was not enough stone available for its completion, so even old tomb-stones were used to finish it.
Main Square and the Temple of St. George, the Town Museum, the Church of the Ascension of the Most Holy Mother of God, and the old bazaar are some of the main attractions we recommend you to visit. In this region, the friable soil and the hills, and the banks of the Danube and Great Morava rivers make for ideal conditions for growing grapes. The most famous variety of grapes of these wine-growing hills is Smederevka, and the most important festival of wine is in the autumn.
WEBSITE OF LOCALITY
HOW TO REACH
There are frequent bus travels to Smederevo from all larger cities in Serbia.
Smederevo is located 65km from Belgrade, and it takes about 1h to travel by car.
WINE CELLARS / VINEYARDS:
Janko Wine Cellar (Podrum), Ul. Šalinačka bb, 11300 Smederevo, Tel. +381 26 613340 (www.podrumjanko.com)
Radovanović Small Wine Cellar (Mali Podrum), Ul. Dositeja Obradovića 10, 11319 Krnjevo, Tel. +381 26 821085 (www.podrumradovanovic.rs)
Živković Winery (Podrum), village of Kličevac, 12000 Požarevac, Tel. +381 12 226426