The covid pandemic brought the domestic tourism sector to a standstill but it also gave some people the time to think and act upon Macedonia’s favorable grape-growing climate.
With more than 40 small-scale and family wineries opened in the past twelve months, the domestic tourism sector is bound to see a rise in consumer interest within the border of Macedonia.
The encouraging information comes from the President of the association Family Wineries of Tikvesh (region), Goran Jakovlevski, reports MIA.
Jakovlevski states that small-scale producers have used the recent regulatory easing to start their own lines of bottled wine, rakija and the traditional madjun syrup made of grapes.
Some people have invested in establishing small wineries where visitors can have a tasting experience paired with sampling domestic cheeses and traditional foods like pita (pie), pindzur, ajvar and more.
According to the association’s President, some domestic tourism agencies have already begun offering one and two-day wine tours at small wineries.
If the authorities and the tourism sector learn how to adequately utilize these advantages, the development of domestic wineries may help improve the wine tourism niche by opening new wine routes and by offering unique accommodation in the rural setting.
Image credit: Ivanovi Winery, Macedonia