The one who chose this country for his vacation, notwill regret never. Montenegro rightfully occupies one of the leading places among eco-friendly resorts. Warm sea, beaches, amazing landscapes, cuisine and wines of Montenegro make up a special bouquet of delights. Having visited this region once, falls in love with it forever, and a bottle of local ragweed is always an excellent souvenir. The quality and original taste of the wines are confirmed by the long history of winemaking.
Montenegro and wine
Grow grapes and produce from itlife-giving drink residents of the Black Mountains for a long time. Who was the first to stick a vine on the shore of Lake Skadar is not exactly known, but the vineyards are mentioned in the ancient chronicles of the ancient Illyrian kingdom. And these are the times before our era. They say that the ancient Romans shared their recipes with the locals. So it is or not, but the wines of Montenegro, the reviews of which claim to be the best drinks in the world, are unique.
This property is inherent in local drinks becauseVarieties of grapes, from which they are produced, grow only in a limited area. Peasants made wines in their own handicraft way, using individual technologies. King Nikola Petrovich, ruling in the middle of the 19th century, took the production of grape drinks under his control and established the rules for planting vines for winemakers, established the publishing of the first rules. The history of industrial production of sunny drinks in Montenegro can begin with the founding of the first state cooperative, founded in 1911.
The current scope of winemaking is about 4000 hectaresvineyards, 120 farms and private production in almost every peasant farm. The most famous areas of production - Zrnitsa and Grblya. The largest vineyard is "Pole Chimovsko". Producing the best wines of Montenegro is the most famous winery complex "July 13 - Plantage". By the way, when you read on the bottle the inscription "July 13", do not take it for the date of manufacture - this is the name of the manufacturer. It is distinguished from the rest by European quality standards, about 500 awards of various world contests, deliveries of products to more than 30 countries of the world.
Business cards of the region are white "Krstach" and red "Vranac". The wine of Montenegro produces a dry, tart on taste. This should be borne in mind by lovers of thick and sweet.
The Black Horse
That's how the word sounds in Russian"Vranets" is the name of the popular Montenegrin red. It is known that the name of wine is most often given by a variety of grapes. Wines of Montenegro are no exception. Grapes "kranats" - the pride of the edge, the sun suffices it in abundance. Oblong dark berries, colorless inside, ripen in August, and in themselves they are very sweet and tasty. Collect the harvest exclusively by hand, the berries for a while stand in the sun, which adds more sweets.
The taste of "Vranac" wine is characterized as warm southernand velvety with a long aftertaste. Its aroma is characterized by notes of cherry, currant, plum, which are mixed with the tinged aromas of vanilla and fresh bread. Fortress - from 16 to 18%.
Varieties of this variety are the more saturated "Vranac Pro Corda" and the more seasoned and, accordingly, more expensive "Vranac Premium".
White wines of Montenegro represent "Krstach". The definition of "unique" refers to all varieties of grapes, without exception, otherwise there would be no point in dividing it into brands. With regard to "Krstach" uniqueness is manifested in the fact that this sort of white grapes grows only in one place: in the small town of Nicole Tserkva, in the outskirts of Podgorica. In translation, Krstach means "cross". This species has formed bunches of this yellow-green grapes. In the form of a cross, vineyards are also planted by farmers of this region.
The strength of this drink is 12% honey, taste refreshing, it smells of herbs and flowers.
Lovers of sweets
Along with the most popular, do not concede to taste and such familiar brands in the Montenegrin performance, as "Sauvignon", "Merlot", "Cabernet", "Rose".
What kind of wine to bring from Montenegro, if yourfriends are not fans of dry drinks? Its consumer finds truly local wines from blackberries and peaches, sometimes from other fruits and berries. To taste - it's a fragrant natural sweet compote with a certain degree of strength. To dessert - a very suitable option.
And what is stronger?
What else is driven from this country as aexclusive, so it's local fruit vodka - rakia. To put it bluntly, it's a local fruit moonshine. The difference between the Montenegrin rakia is that at a serious degree (50 - officially in the store, 60 or more - in the market), it is drunk very easily. Vodka differs flavor and taste depending on the source material. Lozovasa - grape vodka, plum - plum, kaisieva - apricot. By the way, grape brandy is a product from the same "vrnatsa", only after the main pressing.
The only national barley beer is "Nikshichko".
Store or market
"Vranac" and "Krstach" - these two varieties more oftenbecome a souvenir purchase, as they are a kind of visiting card of the country. It can not be said that their taste is much better or worse than similar products of other countries, they simply have their charms, and you need to familiarize themselves with wine lovers, if only to know everything about this wine region, too.
Where is the best wine or rakia, in a store or in the market? Everything has its pros and cons. There is no state monopoly on the production and sale of alcohol in Montenegro, so that small producers and individuals can produce and sell their products quite freely. Drinks on the shelves of shops are mainly from the main producer, with guaranteed quality and stable price from 2 to 25 euros. In markets, the production of private traders can be much better, but also more expensive in resort areas. In remote small villages you can buy wine cheaper, but not worse.
How to determine the quality wine?
Experienced connoisseurs and wine tasters are few,the main consumers and amateurs determine the purely taste qualities, but the taste and color, as you know, there is no companion. Meanwhile, the popular way of determining a quality drink is very simple. In any capacity pour half the clean water and start slowly, a small stream of wine. If the water and the added product do not mix instantly - the drink is made by all rules. Still about quality: to honor of Montenegrins - powder wines here on sale are not present. All that is sold is guaranteed to be natural - at least grape, even fruit.
When and what do they drink?
In fact, in the daily life of the region, where the wine is produced inevery yard, drink it with everything. Montenegrin wines - drinks for daily use (in moderation, of course). In restaurants, the rules of filing correspond to the generally accepted gastronomic laws. Red dry wines are served to meat dishes. A suitable snack for this drink will be vegetables, mushrooms, cheese. White dry type "Krstach" is served to fish and seafood. Sweet fruit and berry wines are perfectly combined with desserts and chocolate.
Rules of export of alcohol
How much wine can be exported from Montenegro? According to the existing rules, five liters of wine can be taken from this country for every adult traveler. Duty-free allowed to export 1 liter of spirits and 2 liters of wine, for the rest have to pay.