Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long history of winemaking dating back to the ancient Illyrian times. Today, the country’s wine industry is small but growing, with around 4,000 hectares of vineyards and over 30 registered wineries. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s wine regions are located in the south and southeast of the country, where the climate is Mediterranean with hot summers and mild winters.
Some of the most popular grape varieties grown in Bosnia and Herzegovina include Blatina, Vranac, and Žilavka, which are indigenous to the region. Blatina is a red grape variety that produces full-bodied, tannic wines with flavors of blackberry, cherry, and tobacco. Vranac, which translates to “black stallion”, is another red grape variety that is known for its deep color and fruity, spicy flavors. Žilavka is a white grape variety that produces crisp, refreshing wines with notes of apple, pear, and citrus.
The wine industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still developing, but there are several wineries that are gaining recognition for their quality wines. Most of the wineries are small, family-run operations that produce limited quantities of wine each year. Many of these wineries offer tastings and tours, providing visitors with a chance to experience the unique flavors and culture of Bosnian wine.