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  • On the rise and rise of Prokupac, Serbia’s signature grape

    On the rise and rise of Prokupac, Serbia’s signature grape

    This year’s Prokupac Day once again showcased the philosophies and approaches that are driving Serbia’s signature indigenous variety to unprecedented levels of refinement and finesse. By Ian Bancroft Each year Prokupac Day, celebrated on 14th October, reinforces the sense of excitement about the grape and its potential. Gatherings spark intense... Continue reading

     
  • Aleksandar Todorović and Serbia’s natural wine revolution

    Aleksandar Todorović and Serbia’s natural wine revolution

    Aleksandar Todorović is one of a vanguard of producers in Serbia dedicated to natural wines. With his commitment to grapes such as Grašac, Zupljanka, and Prokupac, Todorović is also part of an expanding movement exploring the full potential of the country’s native varieties. By Ian Bancroft Aleksandar Todorović, at only... Continue reading

     
  • The unfamiliar story of Herzegovina’s Vinarija Škegro

    The unfamiliar story of Herzegovina’s Vinarija Škegro

    With their innovative approach to winemaking, Škegro Family Winery is making a profound contribution to realising the full potential of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s indigenous varieties – Blatina, Trnjak, and Žilavka. The latter, in particular, could do for the country’s wine reputation what Malvazija has for Croatia and Grüner Veltliner for... Continue reading

     
  • A postcard from Župa

    A postcard from Župa

    This year was the fifth anniversary of Prokupac Day – celebrated on October 14th – which is the brainchild of Igor Luković (editor of Vino and Fino) and Tomislav Ivanovic (founder of vinopedia.rs). At its inception, there were fourteen wines to taste. Today there are roughly fifty. Under the tagline,... Continue reading

     
  • Stina Winery – Brač’s second most famous export

    Stina Winery – Brač’s second most famous export

    Stina Winery on the island of Brač in Croatia is stubbornly committed to producing wines from indigenous Dalmatian varieties that boast freshness, balance, and complexity. It is a purity of philosophy as white and simple as the very labels that adorn their bottles, and the very stone that Brač itself... Continue reading

     
  • Wine from the Pannonian Sea

    Wine from the Pannonian Sea

    Vinarija Tonković, near Serbia's border with Hungary, is dedicated to revitalising the indigenous Kadarka variety, and is already doing so with impressive results. Their commitment to purity and experimentation should ensure Kadarka's undoubted potential doesn't go unrealised.

     
  • Rakija nation’s wine culture exploration

    Rakija nation’s wine culture exploration

    Autochthoinos is pleased to present an extract from a paper by Mariusz Rybak exploring links between Serbian identity and wine culture. by

     
  • Nostalgia, the colour of wine

    Nostalgia, the colour of wine

    “No revolution can possibly last forever. The young wine at the table told me that. It was a link to my merchant great-great-grandfather, who had built a public fountain in the 1860s. It was an assurance that there was someone who cared to carry the bottle — and the cake... Continue reading

     
  • Riesling from Traben-Trarbach

    Riesling from Traben-Trarbach

    Up to the end of the 19th century, some of the Mosel Rieslings enjoyed fame comparable with celebrated Bordeaux reds. The two devastating World Wars and following developments resulted in a decline in quality and so Germany started to be associated with easy-going semi-sweet whites like Blue Nun. From the eighties onwards... Continue reading

     
  • Trapan Ponente Malvazija Istarska (2012) – 85 points

    Trapan Ponente Malvazija Istarska (2012) – 85 points

    Trapan ‘Ponente’ Malvazija Istarska – “Rich honeysuckle bouquet…Floral, some melon notes, but without the rich tropical fruit of some Malvasia; more dry and minerally than most.” by