Tikvesh is most well-known wine district of Macedonia. It is located in the very heart of the country and stretches along similar lattitudes as the Bordeaux region in France, Tuscany region in Italy and the Napa Valley region in California. The wine district is situated on around 2,000 sqkm of fertiel land, surrounded by mountains on three sides. The focus in our wine tours in Tikvesh is exclusively on the small family owned wineries whose passion for making wine is not clouded by today's profit-oriented aspect of the mass-wine industry. By giving business to the garage wine makers we make sure they are viable in an environment dominated by the big wineries of Macedonia.
Cycling the wine roads
There are variety of mountain biking and cycling options in different areas of the Tikvesh Wine District, and we are still working on few unique itineraries, please get in touch for more details!
The oldest written sources of Stobi is found in Titus Livius' written accounts about the victory of Philip V of Macedonia over the Dardanians in 197 BC. According to archaeological data, the city was built in the Hellenistic period, but not long before the reign of Philip V. It is assumed that the city was founded in 359 BC. After the Roman victory over King Perseus of Macedonia, Macedonia was divided into four districts (meridas). Stobi then becomes the center of trade in the third district. In 148 BC Macedonia became a Roman province. During the reign of Augustus (31-14 BC) the city spread west and south, as witnessed by the 55 graves from the western necropolis from this period. The expansion of the city is related to the elevation of its status into the rank of municipium in 69 BC, when Stobi started producing its own coins with the inscription "Municipium Stobensium". Stobi has beautifully preserved ruins which depict how life was lived in Macedonia during the Roman Empire.
Scroll to Content
During the Roman Empire the province of Macedonia was one of the most important regions for grape cultivation in the eastern parts of the Empire. While the Ottomans ruled over Macedonia (1389-1912), wine production was kept alive mostly in Macedonia’s monasteries. During the 1980s, Macedonia accounted for two-thirds of all wine production in Yugoslavia.
Nowadays Macedonia’s wine producers (dominantly concentrated in the Tikvesh Wine District) bring together the natural advantages of the region with the best of modern wine making technology to produce the pre–eminent regional Balkan variety Vranec (VRAN–ets) and other local and international varieties. The intense aromas of the Macedonian wines are the result of the combined influence of the Mediterranean and continental climates, with warm summer days and cooler nights. Macedonia produces all styles of wine – dry and sweet, still and sparkling, red, white and rose. Na Zdravje! Cheers!