Sorts of wine for everyone
The most basic sorts of wine are red and white, sparkling, dessert, aromatic, and aperitif wines. The wines Serbs drink most often are classic red, white, and rosé.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most famous type of red grape, although it is considered one of the youngest varieties. This variety matures late and requires very good growing conditions. It also contains a lot of phenols. What characterizes it is a dark red color and complex aromas. It goes best with beef, venison, dark meat, and hard cheeses.
Merlot is the most widespread wine in France, Italy, South America, and South Africa. It is also represented in our country. Its color is dark red, and its taste is magnificent.
Pinot Noir is a variety of red grapes from the French province of Burgundy. It is made of the wild vine. It, then, needs a temperate climate and some time to mature. These are very strong wines, aromas of berries and smoke. They go best with strong food, beef and game and spicy.
Chardonnay is an integral part of many wines and champagnes. It is one of the most famous ones, too. Its color is whitish to golden yellow. This wine has a very wide range of aromas and goes best with cooked and light dishes, fish, and veal.
Traminac comes to us from the French province of Alsace. It gives a wine of superior taste and quality. You can recognize it by its golden yellow color with the aroma of rose flower, honey, and vanilla. Full taste, low acid content, and high alcohol content characterizes this variety. Due to its sweetness, it is often served as an aperitif.
Graševina is one of the most complex white varieties of wine, and it thrives best in temperate climates. It matures for a long time and thus develops a very specific aroma. The wines of this variety are pale yellow in color with a greenish tinge. The aromas are very diverse, from exotic fruits to herbs. It is most often served with sea fish, fresh cheeses, as an aperitif, but also with dessert.
There are two basic methods for making rose wines. The obvious way is to mix white wine with a little red. Another method is to start the fermentation of red grapes as in the process of red wine production. However, when the mixture reaches the right color – the skin removes and the fermentation ends without it. Some grape varieties are more suitable for rose production than others.
How to serve wine?
Each wine requires a specific serving and glasses that are ideal for that particular wine. In addition to the serving temperature, each wine requires a different glass.
Each wine glass consists of a base or a foot that enables the stability of the glass, a leg that allows you not to heat the glass while holding it in your hand, and a balloon. The balloon is what distinguishes the largest number of glasses. The rim is best to be as thin as possible, and the color is crystal transparent so that the wine can be seen through it.
Red wines are best served in large and tall wine glasses, while white wine glasses have a narrower U-shaped balloon. This narrower balloon allows you to maintain a cooler wine temperature, but also to feel the aroma. For rosé wines, glasses with a lower leg and a bell-shaped shape are perfect.
Serbia’s most important wine regions
There are several regions that are worth mentioning as the leaders in wine production. Each of them produces tasty and very enjoyable wines.
Banat with its grapes is the predecessor of the best wines in this part of the country. You should definitely try Chardonnay, Smederevka, and Župljanak. Srem is another part of Vojvodina where you can find all sorts of wine. It has about 60 wine cellars and wineries. Most planted vines are the local plemenka and Fruška Gora riesling.
On the other hand, there is the Nišava region, famous for Pinot Noir, Prokupac, Plovdina, and white Smederevka. On the hills below the surrounding mountains in Šumadija, winemakers have been growing varieties like Prokupac, Vranac, and Smederevka since the old days.
We almost forgot to mention Timok. The soil of the region is perfect for growing the Smederevka grapes. That is why the wine Smederevka is the most produced here. They also make Welschriesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sémillon, and Tramini.
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