Updated: Nov 21
Macedonia, a country often overlooked, stands as a symbol of history, witnessing the world change at its ever-rapid pace. This country is deeply rooted in tradition, nurturing customs that have been practiced for even a millennium. One such tradition is wine-making, tracing its beginnings centuries ago, and representing a staple in Macedonian culture.
Anyone who has tasted Macedonian wine, specifically ones by Tikves Macedonia will surely tell you one thing - every sip provides a thrill, enlivening the senses, resulting in the sweetest aftertaste. This is due to the winery’s excellent selection of grapes, provided by the advantageous geographical location, as well as detailed care and nourishment.
Now, you may believe that you can only savour the wines in the country, but you are quite mistaken! While we wholeheartedly encourage you to visit the country, even just exploring the wineries in Macedonia; for your convenience, we’re bringing you Tikves Macedonia’s finest directly to your doorstep.
With Tikves London, you can taste the best Macedonian wine at any given time with just a simple order. In other words, you’ll have the pleasure of discovering the wondrous aromas and flavours of the country, presented in blends that will take you on an exhilarating journey.
To ensure you make the right decision, we’re highlighting the best wines from Tikves Winery, Macedonia, all of which can be ordered on our site. In addition, we’ve even prepared a special (traditional) treat at the end! But before we do that, allow us to tell you a bit about Tikves Macedonia, noted as the best winery in Macedonia.
The Jewel Of Macedonian Wine-Making - Tikves Macedonia
Established in 1885, Tikves Winery in Macedonia holds historical significance for Macedonia’s wine-making. It is one of the oldest wineries in the region, and also the largest in Southeastern Europe.
Named after the region in which it is nestled, Tikves winery boasts an excellent geographical position, set in the middle of Mediterranean and Continental climates, contributing to grapes with a flavourful kick. Moreover, the surrounding mountains protect the vineyards from the northern winds, thus keeping the grapes safe from unwanted weather conditions.
What makes Tikves Winery in Macedonia special is its commitment to traditional practices along with following the novelties of the modern world. As previously mentioned, wine-making has been a part of the country’s culture for centuries now, and since this winery is the oldest in the region, opulent blends can surely be expected.
However, Tikves Macedonia also pays great mind to the technological advances of wine-making. Specifically, the winery experienced a so-called tech-Renaissance, where private investors contributed to the modernization of the production process using state-of-the-art machinery, making the wines nothing but exceptional.
Now, Tikves Macedonia stands as the pillar of Macedonian wine-making - that’s probably the reason why it’s featured in almost every household in the country. And now it can be yours to try as well!
The Best Wines By Tikves Macedonia
Noted for their attention to taste and experience, here are some of the best Macedonian wines by Tikves.
1. Cuvee Collection
Consisting of Merlot, Vrances, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Alexandra Cvee Red boasts an exceptional aroma of red and black fruits, enriched with notes of dried tobacco, dried pepper, and cinnamon for the perfect kick of flavour. This ruby-red dry wine pairs perfectly with meat dishes, as well as a variety of cheeses, making it the perfect dinner night addition.
The Alexandria Cuvee White is a blend of Chardonnay and Riesling, featuring a striking gold colour, ideal for Mediterranean dishes and heavy-creamed pasta. It also has a noteworthy aroma of banana, pear, and peach, along with citrus finishing notes such as orange and lemon blossoms, providing a lingering aftertaste and a balanced acidity.
If you’re looking for the perfect summer wine to cool even the hottest of days, Alexandria Cuvee Rose by Tikves Macedonia is an excellent option. It boasts a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, intertwined with aromas of rose, peach, pear, and raspberry.
The Barovo Red Macedonian wine comes from a single vineyard located high up on the mountainous hills, presenting itself as a unique blend of Vranec and soft tannin Kratoshija. After sipping, enjoy a tantalizing aftertaste provided by the blackberries and dry plums.
Coming from the same hills yet with an entirely different taste, the Barovo White has a medium lemon colour due to the aromas of green apple, nectarine, and lime, amongst other fragrant notes. You’ll also notice hints of apricot, spicy pepper, and mineral flint, resulting in an excellent Macedonian wine with a medium finish.
3. Bela Voda
The Bela Voda collection of wines from Tikves Macedonia comes from clay soil, entwined with a typical Mediterranean climate, thus bringing the ultimate red wine made with varieties of Vranec and Plavec. This delectable wine is aged in French oak barrels for about 15 months, bringing it an exceptional aroma and taste.
The Bela Voda White blend of Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc delivers a sophisticated wine, with delicate scents of white flower and melon, mixed along with butter, vanilla, and hazelnut, provided by the French barrique barrels.
The volcanic soils of Klepa Mountain contribute to the refined taste of the Bela Voda Viognier, ideally paired with delicate meals with herb kicks. The taste of this Macedonian wine is beyond words, which is why to have to experience its intense yet tantalizing taste yourself.
4. Domaine Lepovo
This dry white wine has buttery and powerful aromas thanks to the linden, almond, and chestnut, thus bringing it an attractive yellow colour with green undertones. The Domaine Lepovo Chardonnay is best served with seafood dishes, truffle-enriched turkey and ripe sheep cheese.
Ruby-coloured and exceptionally tasty, the Pinot Noir from the Domaine Lepovo collection has a complex yet balanced taste, rounded by vanilla and chocolate for the ultimate sensation.
5. Special Selection
Made in Macedonia’s oldest winery, the Vranec Special Selection has earthy and peppery fruit notes, with supple tannins. The wine is best paired with a variety of meats, especially pork.
Another staple by Tikves Winery in Macedonia, the Viognier Special collection boasts an aroma made up of orange peel, mango, and white peach, creating a full-bodied with a rich palette of fruits, and subtle toasts and minerality.
If you’re looking for a well-balanced dry white wine, with distinctive notes, the Temjanika Special Selection is a great option. Due to its body, this Macedonian wine is the perfect addition to cooked vegetables and fresh salads, making it ideal for the summertime. For the ultimate experience, leave it to chill.
6. The Classics
Translated to “Longing for the South” by the iconic Macedonian poem, this semi-dry red wine is considered a staple. It’s especially great on the nose thanks to aromas provided by red fruits, while the taste is an entirely different (and better!) story.
Vigorous and fruity at the same time, the Alexandria Red by Tikves Macedonia has a long-lasting finish, made up of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Vranec, and Merlot. If you’re having a BBQ, this wine is the go-to choice.
The 50-50 blend of Vranec and Merlot offers a fresh-tasting wine with fruity undertones and a smoky twist, resulting in the ultimate refreshment for summer Mediterranean dishes.
Boasting a citrusy and zesty aroma bringing a balanced taste, the Alexandria semi-dry white wine is made entirely of Rhine Riesling varieties, boasting a noteworthy fruity finish.
As the final Macedonian wine selection, we’re highlighting the classic Chardonnay, offering a full-bodied taste, intertwined with fruity flavours.
7. Grape Brandy (Rakija)
There’s an old saying that if you’ve never tried Rakija, it’s like you’ve never been to Macedonia! That said, enjoy the traditional taste of the strong, aged grape brandy kept under special conditions to provide an elegant and bold taste. As Macedonia’s most famous aperitif and digestif, this drink is a must-have.
These were some of the finest wines of Tikves Macedonia, boasting an excellent taste that will enliven the senses. As previously mentioned, it’s never been easier to have them in your household - all you have to do is head to our site and make an order.
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