Over a summer, two travelers drink their way through the wines of Mediterranean Europe
Herzegovina, the Southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the land of sun and stone and because of this it is the biggest and single wine producing region in the country.
The majority of the wines produced in Herzegovina are made with the autochtonous varieties of Žilavka (white) and Blatina (red).
B&H has a long tradition of wine growing and production from the Illyrian period. However, the wine growing region in B&H was historically much bigger than it is today, but with the Ottoman rule this type of production was gradually extinguished due to many successive wars, because grapevines require a high degree of maintenance and even a month away from them can be catastrophic. Currently, the production of wine is limited to the confluences of the rivers Neretva and Trebišnjica.
Because of the long wine-growing history in Herzegovina, and the quality and abundance of its wineries, last year the European Union decided to fund a project of the association of vintners of the region called Vinska Cesta (Wine Route) to promote Herzegovina wines. About four few months ago, the Tourism Association of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, used this grant to create a website of the Wine Route and published a very useful map showing the location of all the wineries in the area. They also have additional informative brochures about them (such as a catalog of wines produced by each of them and a calendar of wine-related events). Moreover, a multitude of signs were put up recently along the roads of Herzegovina to make it easy for visitors to find each single winery, even in the smallest villages. We were truly impressed. The Wine Route warrants a trip by anyone who is a true wine connoisseur because the wines ranged ranged from quite drinkable to outstandingly well-crafted.