Serbia has nearly 70.000 ha of vineyards , producing about 425.000 tonnes of grapes annually. The majority of Serbian wines are produced in local wineries.
The Serbian wine industry is showing signs of significant growth , as evidenced by In Vino , an annual international wine festival that has been hold in Belgrade since 2004 on an annual basis.
Also, since 2010, an annual international wine fair is hold at the Belgrade Fair named “ Beo Wine Fair”. As of 2019 Serbian wine production was in expansion.
Harvest season begins in July ( first grapes for eating fresh ) and ends in October ( last grapes for making wine ) .
The history of winemaking in Serbia dates back to prehistory . Viticulture was rich during the Roman period . Wine has been part of Serbian culture since the establishment of statehood ,especially during the reign of the Nemjanicic’ dynasty ( XII – XIV century ), which encouraged and promoted viticulture. Former Yugoslavia was among the top-ten world wine producing countries . As its peak in the 1970s , it produced over 6. Million hl annually . Wine production declined dramatically after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s , but in the 2000s , Serbian winemaking started not only to recover , but to take a sharp decisive turn towards quality and distinction. In 2004 the wine production in Serbia was 1.550.000 litres. High quality and quality wines constitute about 35% of production.
I light of revival of winemaking industry in Serbia, the Serbian Ministery of Agriculture in 2008 launched an initiative for reform of Serbian laws on winemaking, and re-classification of wine regions. A revised region classification was issued in 2013 , defining 22 regions without sub-regions , and specifying their borders and characteristics in detail.
64% are white wines and the rest are red wines .
White wine varieties are : Smederevka, Tamjanika, Krstac’, Dinka, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhine Riesling.
Red wine varieties are : Prokapec, Vranec, Krajinska Tamjanika, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.