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AGE OF VINES: 30-60 yrs
AGING: 12 month in French oak barrels
Vranec is the principal indigenous red grape variety in Macedonia and a relative of Zinfandel. At Tikves, their Vranec comes from vineyards planted at an elevation of 500 meters above sea level where temperatures are moderated by cool breezes. Fermentation occurs in large wooden vats followed by aging in French oak barrels.
Founded in 1885, Tikveš Winery has witnessed the independence of the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region: RKaticeli, Kratosija, Vranec and Plavec. With the fall of communism and independence of Macedonia this historic estate was privatized and new investments were made to update the practices in the vineyard and cellar. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming, yields have been lowered and indigenous varieties have been preserved. With the assistance of Philippe Cambie they have modernized their cellar practices by utilizing temperature controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging.