Montenegro was part of the former Yugoslavia and from 2003 to 2006 formed a union with Serbia. Today, Montenegro is a thriving country with a long coastline that is touched by the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. In the 2nd century, the Romans started to grow vines and produce wine. However, it wasn’t until the 19th/20th centuries and more recently the year 2007, that the Montenegro wine country was officially recognized.
Wines from Indigenous and International Grapes
Vranac is the most grown indigenous grape of the Montenegro wine country. It is a native grape from the Montenegrin mountains; its main characteristic is the thick-black skin that gives Vranac wine a very strong and dark red colour. Vranac is a dense wine, high in alcohol levels that features a wide range of aromas, like blackberry, mint, and cherry.
White wines are less popular in Montenegro, but international varieties like Chardonnay (sometimes called Sardone) are cultivated in both Montenegrin wine regions: the Coastal wine region, and the Lake Skadar wine region. Also, the Balkan autochthonous grape Smederevka is planted.
Montenegrin Wine Regions
The Montenegro wine country only has two wine regions. One is the Coastal wine region, where vineyards run along the Adriatic coast; this wine region takes advantage of fertile land and an amazing microclimate. The Coastal wine region of Montenegro lays between the Adriatic Sea and endless mountains on the other side.
Wine tourism is becoming a popular trend in Montenegrin wine regions. Many small and family-run wineries are open to welcome tourists from all over the world to serve them their wines. Two official wine routes take wine enthusiasts along an educational journey on local specialties. The routes are the Crmica Wine Route and the Ancient Dolcea wine route.