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The Tour of the Balkans curated collection encapsulates the rich viticultural heritage of the Balkans with wines selected from some of the region's most esteemed wineries. Our journey begins at the prestigious Marof winery, nestled on the Hungarian-Slovenian border. Renowned as the leading winery in Eastern Slovenia, Marof deftly showcases the depth and complexity of indigenous grape varieties such as Blaufränkisch and Welschriesling.
We then move to the land of Alexander the Great, North Macedonia. Here, you'll encounter the peculiar yet enticing Vranec and Temjanika varieties. Though their names may pose a pronunciation challenge, their vibrant profiles offer a refreshing twist to your usual wine routine. In the heart of Macedonia lies the Stobi winery, a vineyard steeped in history. The wines produced here are a testament to the enduring legacy of this ancient winemaking region, offering a blend of tradition and modernity.
Finally, we set sail to Greece. While the geographical classification of Greece within the Balkans may spark debates, there's no doubt about the exceptional quality of their viticulture. This collection showcases Moschofilero and Vidiano, two elegant white wines that effortlessly rival renowned varieties from France.
This collection epitomizes the Vinalia ethos: uncovering exceptional value and quality from the lesser-known corners of the wine world. With this curated selection, you're not just drinking wine; you're embarking on a journey of discovery, savoring the untold stories of these remarkable wine regions.
This is a white wine for all seasons. Refreshing and zingy enough to cool you down in the warmer months, this Laški Rizling also demonstrates enough ripeness and richness to satisfy when then temperatures drop. Think of the juiciest pear or the most succulent melon, coupled sweeter garden herbs gentle orange blossom and white rose tones.
While fresh and laden with crunchy berry flavors, this Slovenian red blend is deceptively structured, ageworthy, and complex, revealing itself in time. You get all the classic earthiness that Blaufränkisch always delivers with notes of fallen leaves, fresh soil after the rain, paprika and soft spices. The splash of Cabernet adds some extra herbaceousness—tobacco, pencil shavings, graphite—as well as some tannic muscle.
An exuberant, boisterous white wine that is as refreshing as it is joyful. Intoxicatingly floral, the Temjanika’s white rose and jasmine aromas extend to the palate, where they’re met by flavors of white peach and nectarine. A salty bite to the finish makes this the perfect white wine for the warmer months.
A powerful, ageworthy red, this Vranec lives up to its name’s translation of “black stallion.” Hearty, rich, with a lingering pillar of tannic strength, the wine tastes of grilled plums, blackberry liqueur, and soft baking spices. A hearty wine that is just at home curled up by the fireplace as it is next to the grill.
If a margarita were a wine, this would be it. Soft jasmine, lemon blossom, and white rose aromas mingle with brighter citrus notes on the palate—lime zest, grapefruit, Meyer lemon. A kiss of sea spray ends the wine on a crisp and salty note. But don’t let its charms fool you – this wine is highly complex and can age for many years. So, if you still have some bottles by autumn, fret not—they’ll have plenty of life ahead.
Laden with luscious fruit flavors—pear, yellow apple, apricot, pineapple—this Vidiano captures the Cretan sun in its exuberant ripeness. Held together with a broad, flowing fresh acidity, and complicated with its notes of wet rocks and wilted garden herbs, this wine beckons for a plate of food to match its gastronomic profile.
Discover our collection of producer profiles and get acquainted with the talented artisans behind our exceptional wines. Delve into the rich tapestry of indigenous grape varieties they passionately cultivate, explore the diverse regions where these wines are born, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of wine.
Among the most celebrated wineries in Eastern Slovenia, Marof is also perhaps the most ambitious in the Prekmurje region and its Goričko subzone. The winery is a collaboration between founder Stanko Polanič, who dreamed of demonstrating the tremendous potential of this long overlooked region, and Uroš Valcl, who grew up in his mother’s vineyard and joined Marof in 2009 for its third vintage. Valcl and Polanič steward their land with a gentle hand, seeking minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, where they focus on both native Slovenian and international grape varieties.
Founded in 2009 in North Macedonia’s acclaimed Tikveš wine region, Stobi Winery is among the country’s finest modern wine producers. Today, Stobi Winery continues its dedication to local winemaking traditions, with over half of red plantings across its sprawling 500 hectares of vineyard dedicated to Vranec, the North Macedonian specialty. Among the most globally decorated wineries in North Macedonia, with recognition from Decanter and Mundus Vini, Stobi is a benchmark for both Tikveš and the region at large.
Regarded as one of the very finest interpreters of Moschofilero in the whole of Greece, Bosinakis has been a family affair since its inception in 1992. The new generation took over in 2009, when brother-sister team Sotiris and Katerina Bosinakis took the reins of the winery. Among their contributions was a renewed and passionate focus on quality. The siblings will also gleefully share a vertical of Moschofilero going back several years, showing that contrary to certain assumptions, Moschofilero has the structure and complexity to age with grace.
For over a century, the Miliarakis family has played a central role in the Cretan wine industry. Starting in the mid-1800s, their ancestor Antonis Miliarakis operated an inn in Peza, which later transformed into a winery as winemaking gained prominence in the region. In 1932, the family formalized their enterprise by founding Minos, Peza's first contemporary winery. Today, the third and fourth generations, including Takis Miliarakis and Maria and Nikos Miliarakis, continue the family's legacy, focusing on indigenous Cretan grape varieties and spearheading innovations in winemaking. Nikos Miliarakis also serves as the President of the Wines of Crete organization, working to promote Cretan wines globally.
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