Vineyards in Herzegovina

Vineyards in Herzegovina

The region of Herzegovina is full of scenic landscapes, lakes, river and mountains. This land has something to offer for every taste.

On the poor Herzegovinian soil, karst, stone and thorns sprang many vineyards which are one of the most popular agriculture areas in Herzegovina.

Wine has been consumed in the region of Herzegovina for over 2200 years because Bosnia and Herzegovina inherited the wine-growing and winemaking culture from the Illyrian period.

First grapevine seedlings were brought to the Balkan area by Thracians.

Medieval Bosnia used to be well known as a wine-growing and winemaking country, even without the later annexed southern part, called Hum.

When the Ottoman Empire arrived to the region of Herzegovina, the wine producing gradually declined during the 16th, 17th and 18th century until eventually stopped.

Later on winemaking as industry became a significant source of income in Herzegovina in late 19th century, when the first exports of wine to Western Europe were made. This trend continued by expanding to the markets in the rest of the world.

Today Herzegovinian winemakers want to be worldwide recognized for their unique grape varieties Blatina and Žilavka. Their goal is to present themselves in the whole world through these two vines that carry the scent of earth and the power of Herzegovinian sun.

The largest wine region in Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the area of Brotnjo (Čitluk). The crown of each season is the annual cultural and economic event “Days of grape harvest”, which has been taking place for the last 60 years.



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