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Wines of Montenegro

From Vranac to Krstač: Exploring Montenegro's Diverse Grape Varieties and Wine Traditions


Explore Montenegro's thriving wine culture, where centuries-old traditions and stunning landscapes converge to create exceptional wines. This guide highlights notable wineries and their exquisite offerings, from the vibrant Vranac to the elegant Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Embark on a delightful journey through Montenegro's flavors.
Types of wine
  • Vranac: Montenegro's Pride
Vranac, a versatile high-quality dry red wine, captivates with its lively ruby color and rich flavor. Crafted by Plantaze Podgorica, this exceptional wine pairs perfectly with various dishes. It's a must-try for wine enthusiasts.

  • Merlot: French Heritage
Preserving the finest qualities of the French grape, Merlot from Podgorica's vineyards offers elegance and depth. Plantaze Podgorica guarantees its quality with appellation d'origine contrôlée.

  • Cabernet: Excellence from Podgorica
Cabernet, crafted from carefully selected grapes in Podgorica's vineyards, showcases remarkable depth and complexity.

  • Krstac: A White Wine Revelation
Experience the refreshing charm of Krstac, a white wine featuring exceptional grapes from the Podgorica region. Bottled by Plantaze Podgorica, Krstac delights with its outstanding bouquet and fresh taste.

  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon: Elegance in Every Sip
Indulge in the elegance of Chardonnay, a white wine with a distinct aroma and light flavor. Bottled by Plantaze Podgorica, it carries the appellation d'origine contrôlée guarantee. Sauvignon, another delicate white wine reflecting Podgorica's climate, captivates with its refined taste.


Produced from the indigenous Vranac grape, Medun is a semi-sweet wine that tells the tale of Montenegro's rich winemaking heritage. Uniquely intense in both taste and aroma, each sip of this Montenegrin wine reveals complex flavors of dark fruit, spice, and honey. The overripe Vranac grape, harvested with care, imparts Medun its notable character. Perfectly reflecting Montenegro's viticulture and gastronomic tradition, Medun is a must-try for every wine enthusiast visiting Montenegro.

Wine Regions

These wineries are spread across different wine regions in Montenegro, including the regions of Podgorica, Skadar Lake, Bar, Bjelopavlići, Bay of Kotor, and Durmitor. Each region has its unique terroir, contributing to the distinct characteristics of the wines produced there. Exploring these wineries and regions will provide a comprehensive experience of Montenegro's wine culture and diversity.
Wine map of Montenegro

Interesting facts about Montenegrian wine

  • Ancient Winemaking Tradition: Montenegro has a rich winemaking heritage dating back over 2,000 years. The region's favorable climate and fertile soils have made it an ideal location for grape cultivation and wine production since ancient times.

  • Indigenous Grape Varieties: Montenegro is home to unique indigenous grape varieties that are found almost exclusively within its borders. Vranac, Krstač, and Prokupac are some notable examples. These local grape varieties contribute to the distinct flavors and characteristics of Montenegrin wines.

  • Microclimate Diversity: Montenegro's wine regions benefit from a diverse range of microclimates. From the coastal areas influenced by the Mediterranean climate to the continental climate in the northern regions, these varying climatic conditions contribute to the diversity of wine styles produced in the country.

  • Wine and Monastic Tradition: Montenegro has a long-standing connection between winemaking and monastic life. Many monasteries in the country have their vineyards and produce wine, often using traditional methods and grape varieties. These wines are highly regarded for their quality and are a testament to the historical importance of winemaking in Montenegro.

  • Wine Tourism: Montenegro's wine regions have become popular destinations for wine tourism. Visitors can explore vineyards, participate in wine tastings, and learn about the winemaking process while enjoying the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences that Montenegro has to offer.

  • Traditional Winemaking Techniques: Many wineries in Montenegro still employ traditional winemaking techniques, passed down through generations. These methods often involve hand-harvesting grapes, fermenting in old wooden barrels, and aging wines in underground cellars, contributing to the unique character and quality of Montenegrin wines

  • Wine Festivals: Montenegro hosts various wine festivals throughout the year, where locals and tourists come together to celebrate the country's winemaking heritage. These festivals offer an opportunity to taste a wide range of wines, enjoy local cuisine, and immerse oneself in Montenegro's vibrant wine culture.
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