Stops were planned for Miami (a 5-hour drive each way from our home) and Naples ( about a 3-hour drive each way from our home). Not terribly convenient on a school night - but - how could I miss out on the opportunity to welcome Macedonians to Florida - and to enjoy a taste of Macedonian Vranec and Tamjanika?!
(For more about Vranec, Tamjanika, and other local grape varieties see http://winesofmacedonia.mk/grape-varieties/)
|with Natalija from Chateau Kamnik and Josef, an importer|
Followers of this blog will remember that within days of arriving in Skopje, I attended a Dobredojde Macedonian Welcome Center event that was a Vranec tasting. A fitting introduction to Macedonia, and its impressive wineries.
We also enjoyed our visits to Chateau Kamnik
and Popova Kula Winery (on the day we visited the Roman ruins in Stobi we stopped at the winery for lunch)
and -- for more about the Roman ruins in Sobi:
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to welcome Macedonian wine representatives to Florida, if only briefly.
I had a lovely visit with Natalija, of Chateau Kamnik, Miro, the owner of the Popov Winery, and with importers of Macedonian wines at the Aqua restaurant in Naples.
And now - I know of more wineries to visit when we return.
|with Miro, the owner of the Popov Winery|
For more about Wines of Macedonia
Wines of Macedonia facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WinesofMacedonia/
and website: http://winesofmacedonia.mk/
For more about Chateau Kamnik see http://chateaukamnik.com/
For more about Popov Winery http://popovwinery.com.mk/en
and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/popovwinery/
For more about Tikves http://tikves.com.mk/
and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TikvesWinery
I will always have fond memories of Tikves from the QSI 20th Anniversary -- here you can see the lovely event set up, with barrels as tables, and, of course, the wine: http://jainmacedonia.blogspot.mk/2017/05/skopje-qsi-20th-anniversary-celebration.html
For more about Stobi Winery: http://www.stobiwinery.mk/home.nspx
and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StobiWinery
|Natalija from Chateau Kamnik|