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One of the most famous wine regions in Serbia is definitely Šumadija region (pronounced [ʃumǎdija]). The region owns its name to the fact that the whole area was covered with thick forest until the XIX century. In more recent history, winemaking was connected to royal family Karađorđević who owned and cultivated 50 hectares of vineyards in the first half of the XX century and have built one of the most advanced wine productions in Europe of the time.

On our tour we will visit wineries which will give you a good overview on winemaking scene of Šumadija, from newly established Despotika winery growing few indigenous Serbian vine sorts, over old Royal wine cellar with historical exhibition, through eminent Aleksandrović winery and till the young and promising Arsenijević wine cellar.

Our first wine stop is village Vlaški Do and winery Despotika, a newly established winery with ambitious plans and enthusiastic owner. Despotika has several wine labels made from different kinds of grapes, but one is unique – Morava, indigenous Serbian grape variety. Only few winemakers in Serbia grow Morava, so you’ll have unique opportunity to try this white wine sort. Of course we won’t stop only with Morava, there are many Despotika’s wines to taste.

From village Vlaški do we move on to capital of Šumadija wine region, to Topola, where Royal family Karađorđević nurtured their vineyards and where they created famous Trijumf wine. Royal wine cellars nowadays are publicly owned and they grow grapes on 11 hectares only, compared to 50 hectares from the period of kingdom. The highlight of Royal winery is the original king’s wine cellar which is in excellent condition, so you’ll have the opportunity to see how king made his wine some 85 year ago. The biggest treasure of Royal cellar is the old archive where they keep wines from 1930s.

Next stop is one of the most prominent Serbian wineries from 1990s onward, Aleksandrović winery is a modern, yet very traditional establishment which produces only high quality wines. Interesting story is connected to their early days, namely the old king’s winemaker, who emigrated to Canada when WWII started, had the recipe for making the famous Trijumf (Triumph) wine, so when he heard that Aleksandrović was renewing his family vineyards and starting new winery he has sent recipe for Trijumf wine to him, in order to continue with the tradition of Trijumf wine production, which was discontinued with communist regime taking over the Royal wine cellar. Nowadays Aleksandrović produces many different wines, but they are best known for their Trijumf range, including sparkling wines.

And finally the most promising young Šumadija winemaker expects us at the end of the tour. Wine cellar Arsenijević is young winery, but the owner and winemaker Nemanja is a great young man with great enthusiasm, vision and will to improve position of Šumadijan wine on wine map of Europe. At the moment Arsenijević offers only four wine labels, but all of them are superb, which you’ll have the opportunity to experience on your own together with selected food during lunch and winetasting. Pay attention to his Merlot, it’s #YourSerbianHost’s favorite one.

Journey plan given in this tour description is not fixed, it’s just result of our perception of most interesting points on this route and result of our own experience. In any moment we can alter the route and adjust it to interests and wishes of travellers.

4 comments

Elisabeth O
October 22, 2016
Yesterday we (4 people from Sweden) went on the Royal footprint wine tour with Miljam,the owner! This was one of the best wine experiences I have ever had! Interesting wineries and very good wines, friendly and passionet winemakers! At our last stop the young owner had started to serve food, so we had a 3-cource meal that was excellente! But the best was Miljan who drove us and guided us throu the winecountry outside of Belgrad! This is a MUST if you are in Belgrade!!!!!!

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digimats1
October 22, 2016
Great wine tasting tour with lunch at one off the Wine producers. A must do event. Good Wine, fantastic driver/guide and local good food.

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dhony085
September 5, 2016
This was not only our favourite part of visiting Belgrade, but one of the best wine tours I have ever been on. I have toured many wine regions around the world, and the wines that we were able to try on this tour were truly of incredible quality. Because Serbia is still fairly unknown to the world of wine, the prices of the many bottles that we purchased were far below what many other regions charge for that kind of quality. I was absolutely blown away by the fantastic wines and hope that it is not too long before the rest of the world catches on to the wines being produced in the Sumadija region. As far as the tour itself, I can not say enough good things about how happy we were. Miljan was not only enthusiastic about his business and ensuring his guests had a good time with all expectations met and surpassed, but he was so knowledgeable about all things Serbia, not just things relating to our tour. He was such a welcoming, accommodating and enjoyable host, we did not feel like we were spending the day with someone we had only just met. Many times throughout the day I thought and remarked on how much we were getting for the low price of the tour. At the wineries, tasting of the wines was only an aspect of the tour. All of the wineries came with a story and a tour of the winery itself, with details about the history of the area, the wines, and the people who brought the wineries to where they are today. As a wine enthusiast, to be able to see cellars that were almost 100 years old was an experience that I will never forget. At some of the wineries we even had the privilege of being able to sit down and taste with the winemakers so we could pick their brains about what they were trying to achieve with the wines and what techniques they used to bring about their visions for the wines. This is something you simply often to get on a typical wine tour. The passions of everyone involved on this tour was so clear and obvious and it resignated within us to make for an exceptional day. Thank you, Miljan and everyone you introduced us to throughout the day.

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Kelly S
April 18, 2016
My friend and I took the "Royal Wine Tour" a few weeks ago and had such an amazing day! Miljan was great in emailing us back promptly and creating a day with so many memories. We went to 3 wineries, each distinctly different from one another but equally fun and interesting. It felt very much like a personalized tour - at most wineries we were the only ones there so we got one-on-one interactions with the wine specialists! We were blessed with beautiful weather and enjoyed sipping and learning about Serbian wine in the sun (Serbian wine is one of our new favorites now!) After the wineries, we went to a beautiful restaurant where Miljan helped us choose Serbian dishes and answered some of our thousands of questions about Serbian culture, history, food, etc. Also, when you book this tour, you also get a photographer as Miljan takes photos throughout the day on his professional camera and his selfie stick! ;) I would without a doubt recommend Miljan's company for touring Serbia.. we wish we could have done more! Perhaps next time, Miljan!

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Available departures

This is a daily tour.

Details on prices and services

Tour prices (prices are per tour, not per person):
1-3 persons 199 €
4-6 persons 299 €
7-8 persons 349 €
Services included in the price:
Transportation
Driver/guide service
Tour organization
Refreshements during journey
What is extra:
Wine purchase**
Lunch ~ 20€ per person*
* Price shown is price for lunch per person including three courses and four different wines matching the food.
** Wineries don't charge for wine tasting, but it's customary that visitors buy wine.

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