Kotor Bay Wine Tasting: Savina Winery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Surprising to many, myself included, Montenegro makes good, yet relatively unknown, red, white, and rose wine from both foreign grapes (although grown in Montenegro) and a handful of indigenous grapes found only in Montenegro. The most popular indigenous grape is the Vranac grape, which is used in red wine and is easily found in local restaurants and wine shops throughout Montenegro. Vranac, and generally all the wines that we tasted in Montenegro, was quite good. Outside of Montenegro, however, they are difficult, if not impossible, to find. Even Dan, my wine snob, liked Montenegrin wine!

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Montenegrin grape vines.

Since we love wine and wine tasting, I was on the hunt for Montenegrin wineries throughout our entire trip to Montenegro. I was pleased to find a number of wineries offering visits to tourists, but Savina was the only working professional winery that I found (via Trip Advisor) close to Perast, where we stayed for the majority of our trip. As soon as I read the reviews, I promptly booked a tasting via email. It sounded lovely!

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Savina corks.

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Cinque Terre Wine Tasting: Buranco Vineyards, Monterosso

The Cinque Terre makes interesting (and relatively unknown) wine that has its own DOC (meaning that to be Cinque Terre wine, it must be made in the area with grapes from the area).  Popular and super cheap at local restaurants, Cinque Terre’s white wine is much lighter than your standard whites.  It’s quite good, and readily available in and around the Cinque Terre, but hard to find elsewhere.

Since I love visiting wineries, I really wanted to visit a winery that produces Cinque Terre’s famous white wine, but I had a difficult time finding a vineyard that offers tours to the public.  Seriously, I looked for a good while.  Now, you can freely walk through vineyards on the Cinque Terre trails, but I wanted to visit an actual, working vineyard…

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