Saturday, February 12th, 2022
Fairy Tale Wines of Montenegro
Just a one hour drive away from the luxury superyacht marina resort of Porto Montenegro lies a winery of fairy tale magnitude.
Branded as Plantaže the winery was one of the principle sponsors of the Superyacht Winter Games hosted by Porto Montenegro high in the moutons at the Kolasin 1600 ski resort and that gave us the perfect opportunity to taste the product. The robust 2018 Epoha red got a big thumbs up from us!
Plantaže owns Ćemovsko polje, the largest vineyard in a single complex, in Europe covering impressive area of around 2,310 hectares
It is one of the most beautiful in an area that is producing some really fine wines and the story behind its success reads like a fairy tale
For over half a century, the Montenegrin company has been one of the greatest and most important producers of graps, wines and grape brandy in South eastern Europe.
Producing over 20 million kilos of grapes annually, selling more than 16 million bottled products in over 40 countries all over world, Plantaže is a fairy tale story in its own right. It owns and manages three wine cellars, with a capacity of 330,000 hectalitres, a 40-hectare nursery of rootstocks, an 85-hectare peach plantation, and over 17,000 olive trees.
With the background of a thousand years long Montengrin tradition of viticulture and wine making and Plantaže focuses its attention at autochtonous grape varieties and authentic Montenegrin wine, reflecting Montenegrin culture and spirit of the unique area, located between the sea and mountains. That passion has not withered even after half a century.
Authentic Montenegrin wine reflects culture and the ambiance of the area, thanks to the soil composition and favourable position. Both the autochtonous and world renowned grape varieties have been grown successfully.
Plantaze’s Cemovsko polje vineyard contains 28 different grape varieties, of which 70 percent isVranac, native grape varieties. Vranac is an ancient Montenegrin variety, but its real origin is hidden in the depths of history.
It is a black-skinned variety and produces dense, deeply coloured red wines with flavours and aromas ranging from sour cherry, blackberry, and blackcurrant to chocolate, mint and vanilla.
In the heart of the vineyard, the Šipčanik wine cellar, based at a former military airport and now housing two million litres of wine, is a destination in its own right.
The 7,000 sqm basement runs to a depth of over 30 meters and is in the form of a spiral tunnel, stretching 356m long. It is the sort of place which leaves you breathless. Here, guests are greeted every day by trained guides, sommeliers and hosts to share the passion, smells and tastes of Montenegro poured into wine and snacks of authentic food prepared by famous chefs and cooks.
Šipčanik is the only wine cellar in the whole region where you can get this type of service.
Those visiting from Porto Montenegro can book tours by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning +382 67 099 099 .
The fairy tale continues, since Plantaže was founded, the company´s wine have won over 900 awards and recognitions at many distinguished international competitions, contests and fairs.
Recently, for 2016 onwards, Plantaže has achieved great successes at world-renowned contests, such as: Decanter World Wine Awards in London, Mundus Vini in Neustadt and in Gemany, the AWC Wien.
Medals at these these contests proving that Plantaže has confirmed its quality on the world wine map, from year to year.