RUBIN Rubin is an interesting case of a former Communist cooperative that went private. Where most wine cooperatives were transferred to private hands during the 1990's, Rubin only went private two years ago. It's more massive than any former cooperative. They produce five million bottles of liquor each year, three million of which are wine. They buy wine grapes from all over the region, including neighboring Macedonia. They also have vineyards in Kosovo of all places. All of these points make the company sound like any large-scale producer in America and thusly. And it is amazing that even though Rubin produces at such a large scale, their wines are very drinkable and are even quite noteworthy.
Czar Lazar Named to honor the most revered monarch in Balkans history, this semi-dry red wine has the texture acidity and finish of a Pinot Noir & Prokupac, although lighter bodied. Essence of bing cherry and raspberries palate light tannins, semi dry complex structure with flowers and herbal finish with earthy taste. Pairs well with salmon or chicken. Czarina Milica After red after a beloved Balkans monarch, this semi-dry, light-bodied red table wine is somewhat reminiscent of a dry Rose with a hint of strawberry. Very light and airy, it is the ideal “beginners’ wine” for the new wine lover. Perfect as an aperitif or with cheese and crackers.
“Bear’s Blood” is a harmonious blend of 2 traditional re varietals, Vranac and Prokupac, for semi-sweet, full bodied red wine with strong essence of forests fruits. Great as an aperitif or paired with lamb, veal or pork.
Ždrepčeva Krv BACK IN STOCK Is one of the oldest wine brands in Serbia. It was made several decades ago and was one of the most popular wines in former Yugoslavia. This wine owns its unique taste to the original coupage of specially selected red sorts (Vranac, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamet, Muscat or Ottonel) cultivated in the top quality black soil. It is interesting that much before the creation of the brand, a wine of similar recipe was sold exclusively in pharmacies due to its healing properties. What distinguishes this wine from other wines in the market is that this is a semisweet Muscat wine. The color of Ždrepčeva krv is also characteristic, because it is ruby red and not deep red, so it resembles the color of stallion blood. This is thanks to the coupage of wine, i.e. mixing of several sorts of wines and not mixing of several sorts of grape. After the Winery privatization the brand reappeared in foreign countries and became the most popular wine in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it was the first major Serbian export product in Croatia. Today this wine can be found in the territory of entire former Yugoslavia, but also in U.S.A., Australia, Switzerland, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Russia and Japan. Zdrepčeva krv is enchanting the true wine aficionados.
Vrsac vineyards Cover around 2000 ha plantation vineyards, out of which 1700 ha are owned by the company “Vrsacki vinogradi AD”. The assortment consists mostly of white wine varieties for the production of quality and top quality wines. Italian Riesling is the most represented variety (over 50%), followed by Rhein Riesling, White Burgundy, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Spice Traminer, Kreaca, Smederevka, Zupljanka, Sasla. The group of red wine varieties includes Frankovka and Muscat Hamburg varieties. The autochthonous and world-known variety Kreaca is definitely the pride of “Vrsacki vinogradi”. The vineyards stretch along the south and the north side of the hill at the altitude between 50 – 200m, and apart from the area of Vrscac, covering the area of the surrounding settlements within the territory of Vrsac mountains: Markovac, Gudurica, Veliko Srediste, Socica, Mesic, Jablanka, Kustilj and Pavlis. The most significant areas in which the top quality grape varieties are grown are as follows: Belo brdo, Hervis, Puzev breg, Palcburg, Kvantovi (I, II, III), Soter, etc.
It is produced as a type of wine from the following wine varieties: Italian Riesling, Smederevka, Zupljanka and Kreaca. Table dry wine with protected geographic origin. The wine with a 70-year old tradition is a specialty and pride of Vrsac vineyards. The wine is very smooth and refreshing. This wine should be consumed refrigerated at 10-12 C. It participates in the total Serbian production of wine with the controlled and protected geographic origin with the share of 60%.
Lav beer LAV beer is a light Pilsner beer full of flavor, characteristic pleasant aroma and balanced bitterness. Contains 5% alcohol and 11.44% of the extract. Known for innovative and practical packaging, attractive design and constant improvement of the quality of packaging is checked, Lav beer is aimed at consumers that are characterized by pride, honesty and confidence. It is synonymous with a strong-minded person knowing what it wants at any given moment and how to find a way to do that. Continuous innovation and improvement has led to the launch of the improved Lav, the new packaging and opening system adapted to modern trends and the needs of fans of the brand LAV.
LAV beer has won gold medals for the highest quality in the selection of an independent international institute “Monde Selection” for 2006. In addition, in 2007, LAV brand is listed in the “Superbrands Bible,” by choosing one of the best brands in Serbia. . Dull gold color. Citrusy, toasty aromas and flavors of lemon custard pie and bread crust with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pepper bread and radish sprouts finish. A pleasant quaffer.
Valjevska Pivovara was founded back in 1860
Convenient location and good properties of spring water in Valjevo eventually enabled the production of high performance, quality beer. Selected raw materials affect the specific taste and characteristic recognition Valjevo beer. The sudden development “Valjevo Brewery” comes the twentieth century, when it comes to the top of the domestic producers. As a confirmation of the quality Valjevskog beer and specialty beer Valjevska brewery has won many awards and more than 30 gold medals in Amsterdam, Brussels, Athens, London …
04/25/2016 Valjevsko pivo reaches America for the first time.
VALJEVSKO beer is made from the finest beer ingredients according to recipes of old masters brewery. During the decades of production Valjevsko beer has kept its unique taste and quality that makes lovers of the golden beverage can appreciate. The pleasant bitterness, fine aroma, full of flavor and drinkability osvežavajaće fact provide a superb experience and meet the most demanding beer gourmets.
One of the gate of the Apatin Brewery is decoreted with an old bell, a remenant of old times, clearly incongruent with the sophisticated modern technology applied nowdays. The bell used to sound twicw every day, annoncing the beginning and the end of the working day. The detail is a good ilustration of how seriously work ethick has always beed understood in the Apatin Brewery which celebrated 250th aniversarry in 2006. The beginning of beer brewing in this town on the Danube bank are associated with the settlers from modern day Austria and germany who had been setled there by Austro-Hungarians empress Maria Theresa starting from 1748. The first record on the production of 12,000 hectoliters of beer in Apatin dating from 1756, are now in Vienna. This amount of beer ia nowdays a daily quantity, whereas the yearly capacity of te Apatin Brewery amounts to 4.5 milion hectoliters. Apatinska Pivara brewery, brew beer for 252 years and the beer is sold mostly in Serbia but also in neighboring Balkan countries, Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia and places with a large Serbian population such as Switzerland, Austria, Australia and Germany. Apatinska Brewery is based in Apatin, a town in the north-west of the northern region in a most fertile area called Vojvodina, where the quality of the barley is known to be one of the best in the region. Vojvodina is close to the borders of Hungary and Croatia. In 2003 it became a part of the global beer producer Anheuser-Bush InBev. In December 2009, Apatinska Brewery becomes part of the StarBev regional brewery group, founded by a leading investment company CVC Capital Partners.
Jelen Pivo out of stock Is a Serbian beer which has a bit of a reputation for making the drinker grumpy in a similar way to Stella Artois, Jelen Pivo translates to Deer beer but this is no bambi brew. Jelen Pivo is the leading core lager brand in Serbia-Montenegro. It is carefully brewed in Serbia’s leading brewery, Apatinska Pivara, Jelen Pivo (5 ABV) is enjoyed in cans, bottles, Q-Pack bottles, and kegs, and is within hand’s reach of all beer lovers in the country. Jelen Pivo has won various awards within Serbia and participates in a variety of sponsorships. Its logo is a bugling red deer.
At this time Jelen beer is not available on USA market. The distributor in Chicago is working with brewery to bring this popular beer back to the USA sometimes next year.