It's International Prokupac Day!

The 14th of October is International Prokupac Day - also known as 'the Serbian wine grape' - which is a little too on the nose if you ask us, so we'll stick to Prokupac :)

Prokupac Day, the brain child of Igor Lukovic, owner & editor-in-chief of Vino & Fino magazine, and Tomislav Ivanovic, editor-in-chief of Vinopedia is now in its seventh year, and although it has been an uphill battle for this varietal, it's making it's way through the wine world quite nicely.

 

 

This part of the Europe has been producing wine well before the Romans made their way through the region, and in modern times Prokupac is one of the Balkan Peninsula’s most widely planted red grapes. A native Serbian grape, it is cultivated in several Serbian wine regions, with the best examples come from Župa. It was once a prominent variety in Serbian vineyards, used mostly for unimpressive, mass-produced wines. In the last few decades however, local winemakers proved that with the right approach, the wines can be delicious, bright, well-structured, and possess complex aromas and flavors. Curiously, it is not always used to make deeply hued wines, due to the grape’s proclivity for high sugar levels, it is often used to make high-quality brandies. 

The wines vary in style as many do: from fruity red wines to heavier oak-aged examples, overall the dominant style are light-colored, medium bodied, with alcohol falling between 12-13.5%. The wines have a base palate of red fruit such as raspberries, strawberries, cherries, with blackcurrants popping out around the finish. The wines of a higher quality have wonderful spice notes, and generally improve with age.The grape is now increasingly used in the production of medium-to-full bodied rosé.

So, as you make your way around to seek out a bottle of this beautiful wine, do not be daunted if one is not immediately available on the first, second, or even third try - these wines are well worth putting forward some effort, so have fun and enjoy!

 

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