The Povardarie region is the central part of N. Macedonia along E-75 route passes and connects several towns like Veles, Kavadarci, Negotino, Demir Kapija and Gevgelija. In the Vardar valley the climate is partly Mediterranean, with low precipitation of app 500mm annually therefore this is the hottest and driest region in N. Macedonia. This fact probably explains why vine growing and wine making are present in this region for several millennia, why 85% of the people in this region grow vines and 85% of the wine produced in N. Macedonia comes from this region. We invite you to visit it and learn about the history of viticulture, indigenous varieties of grape, and the process of vine making in the one of the oldest and distinguished wine region of Europe.
Our story starts with the best preserved archaeological site in N. Macedonia, the ancient city of Stobi. It tells us about the culture, the wealth and glory of the Ancient Macedonians and Romans, the important Via Egnatia road, cult of fertility, the cult of Dionysus and for holy communion in Christianity. Virtual Tour Stobi
The pruning of the vines starts on February 14th, the Day of St. Trifun, the protector of vine growers and vineyards. During this day every little household, winery, municipality or town celebrates the day. The wine Harvest in September is similar, though the biggest festival happens in Kavadarci or Tikvesh. Whenever it is the period for vine pruning, vine harvest or just a regular day, there is not a bad day for a glass of good Macedonian wine like Vranec, Kratosija, Kavadarka and the unique delight Stanushina – a grape variety found only in our country.
In the town of Demir Kapija, which name means Iron Gate you will hear of the valleay of the cactuses, the ancient Stenae and medieval Prosek but once again the main story will be about wine. Here you can hear the story of the royal winery and vineyards of the former Yugoslavian King Alexandar Karadjordjevic and the wine story Popova Kula or The Priests Tower, but first do not forget to visit the charming wine museum.