Over a summer, two travelers drink their way through the wines of Mediterranean Europe
While in Belgrade, we decided to take a little day trip to the little wine-making town of Srmeski Karlovci to discover some Serbian wines, and we discovered by chance that a wine festival was starting the follwing day in Novi Sad (from the 28th to the 30th of July), the second largest city in Serbia and the capital of the Vojvodina province.
So we spent a couple of extra days in Novi Sad enjoying wines not only from Serbia, but also from the whole Southeastern European region, at this festival, which is growing in popularity every year.
Among the Serbian wines, we had the chance to taste many Bermets from different producers, all them delicious, but also some excellent regular wines. Among the reds, we were impressed by the high quality of Rubin’s Terra Lazarica Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which were a pleasant surprise from such a big winery that produces around 5 million bottles of wine a year. In the white deparment, Aleksandrovic‘s Sauvignon Blanc was simply outstanding.
Then we also got the chance to taste some Macedonian and Croatian wines from the Istria region, which were all quite remarkable.
On the last day of the festival, the Istrian stand, which included not only wine makers but also olive oil producers and a gastronomic association, invited us to a special 5-course lunch pairing each dish with a different olive oil and wine. We skipped from bruschetta, to fish, to a chocolate mousse that were all drizzled with olive oils that matched the food flavors wonderfully. And of course, what enhanced it even more were the wines that accompanied each course. It made for nothing short of one our most memorable dining experiences in a long time.
The center of Novi Sad