Serbia can be a leader on the Balkan wine route with 22 wine regions and 77 vineyards, Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Tatjana Matic said in Kragujevac.
He said that Serbia has three wine regions, Vojvodina, central Serbia and Kosovo.
She pointed out that Serbia has an “incredible capacity”, especially Kragujevac and central Serbia, which has about 13 vineyards.
After the presentation of the Balkan Wine Network in Kragujevac, Matic said that cooperation in that area gives additional impetus to the development of the regional common market.
“It is one of our leading political topics, it is a story that relies on the political story of the mini Schengen,” said Matic and assessed that such projects are the right way to realize such political ideas.
The Balkan Wine Network was founded in 2019 and brings together 18 wine associations and various support organizations and projects from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Macedonia.
“We are moving in the direction of expanding the network towards Slovenia and Croatia, on the one hand, and in the east to Bulgaria, Greece and Romania,” said the director of the Regional Agency for Economic Development of Sumadija and Pomoravlje, Nenad Popovic.
He told Betty that if all production were added up, the Balkans would position itself as the fifth wine region in the world.
Popovic announced that in the future, work will be done on improving the labor market, since winemakers are struggling with skilled workers, but also with the number of winegrowers, which, as he pointed out, is a serious problem.
According to him, cooperation with scientific institutions and exchange of resources in the region is also planned, because without science and technology there is no good product.
“We are working on a Balkan wine tour and we are now in the first phase of mapping potential routes, which is necessary in the offer of a tourist product in the region,” said Popovic.