This private wine tour takes you to one of the most famous wine regions in Serbia. Šumadija region (pronounced [ʃumǎdija]), owes its name to the fact that the whole area was covered with thick forest (forest=šuma in Serbian) until the XIX century. In more recent history, wine making was connected to the royal family Karađorđević who owned and cultivated 50 hectares of vineyards in the first half of the XX century. Their wine cellar was one of the most advanced wine productions in Europe of the time.
What to Expect from the Royal Footprints Private Wine Tour in 2023 season
On our private wine tour you will visit wineries which will give you a good overview of the wine scene of Šumadija. Starting with the newly established Despotika Winery growing few indigenous Serbian vine sorts. Then a small family owned wine cellar, where you’ll have the opportunity to match wines with local food during lunch. Next is historic King’s Winery with legacy exhibition, and at the end eminent Aleksandrović Winery.
After #YourSerbiaHost picks you up at your hotel in Belgrade (usual start time 10am) you’ll head for the first wine stop at the village Vlaški Do and winery Despotika. For winemaking standards, this relatively young winery with ambitious plans and enthusiastic owner makes two wines from indigenous Serbian grape varieties. Those are Morava (white) and Prokupac (red). Only a few winemakers in Serbia grow Morava, so you’ll have a unique opportunity to try this white wine sort. Of course we won’t stop only with these two, there are many Despotika’s wines to taste.
From the village Vlaški do we move on to another rural area. Next stop is the winery which is a perfect example of family wine making. Here you’ll have lunch with wine tasting and an opportunity to hear a story from family members why they chose to be winemakers.
Following this wine route you’ll reach the capital of Šumadija wine region, Topola. On the slopes of Oplenac hill royal family Karađorđević nurtured their vineyards, from which they produced famous Trijumf (Triumph) wine. Royal wine cellars nowadays are state owned and they grow grapes on 11 hectares only. The highlight of King’s Winery is the original king’s wine cellar which is in excellent condition, so you’ll have the opportunity to see how the king made his wine more than 90 years ago. The biggest treasure of the Royal cellar is the old archive where they keep wines from the 1930s. You’ll only get to try modern wines, not those from the 1930s.
Final stop is one of the most prominent Serbian wineries from the 1990s onward. Aleksandrović winery is a modern, yet very traditional establishment which produces only high quality wines. There is an interesting story related to their most famous Trijumf (Triumph) label and how Aleksandrović continued the tradition of making this wine. You’ll hear this one while you are sipping your own Trijumf. Nowadays Aleksandrović produces more than 20 different wines, but they are best known for their Trijumf range, including sparkling wines.
After this winery the private wine tour ends and you are taken back to your hotel in Belgrade.
Good to know
- Please respect social distancing rules all the time (at least 1m, or 2m when possible)
- Please wear face cover while in the vehicle or other closed space (if you don’t have your own, we will provide)
- If you develop any respiratory infection symptoms before, during or after the tour, please let us know.
- When coughing or sneezing please use tissues or your elbow as cover
- Wash hands with soap and water whenever possible, but especially after use of toilet, before and after meals.
Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Bottled water during journey|
|Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own|
|Wine tasting in Despotika Winery ~9€ per person for five wine labels|
|Wine tasting in Aleksandrović Winery 4,5€ per glass of wine|
|Lunch 20€ per person*|
|Personal expenses and gratuities|
|* Price shown is price for lunch per person including three courses and three different wines matching the food.|