Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia, is a small modern day country, landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula of Southeast Europe, bordering Greece and Bulgaria. The largest capital city is called Skopje and the country has a population of 2 million people. Declaring its independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991, Macedonia (FYROM) is famous for its culture and historical heritages linked to Alexander the Great and the birth place of Mother Teresa. It is home to picturesque lakes, snow-capped mountains, beautiful national parks, modern cities, ancient ruins and museums. And of course - the discovery of its best keep secret until now - its wine and local indigenous grape varieties.
Macedonia has been producing wine since the very early Romans times when its emperors favoured its grapes. Today Macedonia produces 100 – 150 million litres of wine which accounts for 3-4% of the World’s wine production and is home to the indigenous Vranec grape, the most popular variety for production of premium wines in Macedonia, and offers an exciting array of new indigenous varieties, relatively unknown to the rest of the world.