Best Montenegro Wine and Winery Tours

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Discover the best Montenegro wines to try during your visit. Try exclusive varieties, locally-made specialties and find the best winery tours.

People have been making wine in Montenegro since the 2nd century when the Romans starting growing vines and making wine here. There are now over 120 vineyards in Montenegro and vineyards cover some 4,300 hectares.

Visiting a winery is one of the best ways to do a wine tasting in Montenegro. Many wineries offer wine-tastings and you can book a tour to visit one or several wineries in a day. You can also book winery visits that include food, a great idea to absorb some of that alcohol and get a taste of local cuisine that you won’t find in restaurants. 

If you don’t have time to visit a winery you can still try some of the best Montenegro wines. You’ll find excellent locally-produced vintages at restaurants all over the country. Or you can do a walking tour with wine and food tasting in Kotor.

Best Montenegro Wines

Montenegro Red Wine

The most popular red wine in Montenegro is from the indigenous vranac grape. Vranac (meaning black horse) wine is known for its strong dark red color, which comes from its thick black skin. This dry red wine is high in alcohol (16%) and has notes of cherry, blackberry, mint and plum. Aged vranac also has notes of cinnamon, oak bark and herbs. Vranac goes particularly well with smoked and cured meats that are also popular in Montenegro.

Best Montenegro wines to try: Plantaže Vranac Pro Corde, Sjekloća Estate Vranac and Vranac Reserve, Arhonto Vranac, Buk Vranac

Montenegro White Wine

White wines are less popular in Montenegro, but if you would like to try a Montenegrin white wine try Krstač. Krstač is native to the Podgorica area and only grows here. It has a characteristic fruity aroma of ripe pears and peaches, and is the color of honey. Krstač is a dry white wine and goes well with seafood, soups, eggs, cheese, and white meat.

Best Montenegro wine to try: Plantaže Krstač

Montenegro Rosé Wine

Arhonto Rosé, made by Krgović Winery, is an excellent rosé wine that goes well with the traditional seafood dishes found on the coast of Montenegro. This rosé is made of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon sorts, and has notes of cherry and blackberry.

Best Montenegro wine to try: Arhonto Rosé


Best Montenegro Wine Regions

The area between Lake Skadar and Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, is Montenegro’s premier wine-making region. This area has some of the most naturally fertile soil in Europe and 111 wineries that range from small boutique wineries to the largest vineyard in Montenegro with 10 million vines.

The coastal area, with its mild Mediterranean climate, is Montenegro’s second wine-making region. There are fewer wineries along the coast, but you’ll still find wine-tastings like this tour to Savina Winery or this walking tour with wine and food tasting in Kotor.


Best Montenegro Wine Tasting Tours

Montenegro wine tastingBest Montenegro wine tastings: Cermeniza Winery in Virpazar

There are several places you can do a wine tour in Montenegro. Lake Skadar has the highest number of wineries, but you’ll find wineries and wine tasting opportunities in both Podgorica and the Bay of Kotor. Booking a tour conveniently takes care of the problem of who will be the sober driver and allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

With its Mediterranean climate, Montenegro is abundant all year round. Every season has its harvest, and a visit to a local winery will offer you a taste of Montenegro's landscape, heritage and culture.

Depending on the time of year the best Montenegro wine tours include fresh produce, nuts, carefully cured meats, traditional cheeses and marinated carp, a specialty of the Lake Skadar area. Almost everything you eat or drink at boutique wineries in Montenegro has been home-grown, home-reared, home-made or home-caught.

As well as wine and food, Montenegrin wineries make their own brandy called rakija. Rakija is very potent and Montenegrins use it for celebrations, commiserations, welcoming guests and to cure common ailments like colds. It’s traditionally made with grapes, but can also made with other fruit like pears or cherries.

Lake Skadar Wine tastings

Virpazar Wine Tastings

Virpazar is the gateway to Lake Skadar National Park. From here you can take boat cruises on the lake, hire kayaks, go hiking and find good restaurants. There are also wineries close to the town where you can do a wine tasting during your visit. 

Cermeniza Winery is an award-winning winery just 1.5km (1mi) from Virpazar center. Nemanja Djurisić is an excellent and enthusiastic host and the unobtrusive oversight by 80+ year old family patriarch, Marko, adds to the genuine Montenegrin family atmosphere.

Cermeniza Winery has three tours on offer and you can book a wine tasting with them directly below. They also have beautiful accommodation if you would like to stay in Virpazar.

Eco Resort Cermeniza, Lake Skadar, MontenegroBest Montenegro wine destinations: Eco Resort Cermeniza

Cermeniza Montenegro Heritage Tour

On this tour you'll try Vranac, Barrique, a white wine and a dessert wine, all made and bottled onsite. You'll also be able to try three types of rakija, a brandy made from grapes, quince, pears and apricots. 

You'll also take a tour of the winery and see how the wines are produced and learn about the tradition of wine making in Montenegro.

What's Included: Wine tasting, rakija tasting, winery tour. Bottles of wine can be purchased during the tour.
Start point: Self-drive to winery, 1.5km from Virpazar. Directions are supplied upon booking. If you don't want to have a designated driver you can click here to book a taxi.
Price:  €10 per person.
Availability: Weekends only until April 20th, every day from April 21st.

Cermeniza Montenegro Specialty Tour

This tour introduces you to the pillars of Montenegrin cuisine: wine, rakija, prosciutto, cheese and olives. 

On the tour you'll try Vranac, Barrique, a white wine and a dessert wine all produced onsite at the winery. You'll also try three types of Montenegrin brandy: grape, fruit and gentian lutea.

The tastings are accompanied by a platter of Montenegrin prosciutto ham, and selected cheeses including a local delicacy: cheese aged in oil. And no Montenegrin meal would be complete without olives, you'll try those too.

These things form the basis of all Montenegrin cuisine. In fact, add a little bread and most Montenegrins could spend their lives eating and drinking nothing else!

What's Included: Wine tasting, rakija tasting, winery tour, prosciutto, cheese and olive platter. Bottles of wine can be purchased during the tour.
Start point: Self-drive to winery, 1.5km from Virpazar. Directions are supplied upon booking. If you don't want to have a designated driver you can click here to book a taxi.
Price:  €15 per person.
Availability: Weekends only until April 20th, every day from April 21st.

Flavors of Lake Skadar

This tour introduces you to the unique flavors of Lake Skadar. On the tour you'll try four wines made by the winery - Vranac, Barrique, a white wine and a dessert wine. You'll also try three types of Montenegrin brandy - grape, fruit and gentian lutea. 

The wine and rakija tastings are accompanied by a platter of Montenegrin prosciutto, cheeses, olives and marinated carp. Marinated carp is a Lake Skadar specialty that you'll only find here. 

The owner of the winery will take you on a tour and you'll learn about Montenegro's strong wine and brandy making traditions.

What's Included: Wine tasting, rakija tasting, winery tour, marinated carp, prosciutto, cheese and olive platter. Bottles of wine can be purchased during the tour.
Start point: Self-drive to winery, 1.5km from Virpazar. Directions are supplied upon booking. If you don't want to have a designated driver you can click here to book a taxi.
Price:  €20 per person.
Availability: Weekends only until April 20th, every day from April 21st.

Godinje Wine Tasting

Around 5km from Virpazar, Godinje village is an historic village that’s also known for excellent wines and its tunnel system that connects houses in the village.

You can visit a winery in Godinje that has been run by 14 (yes, 14!) generations of the same family. As well as wine tastings, the small, family-run tour includes snacks, rakija and information on the history and traditions of the area.

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Lake Skadar Wineries Tours

Booking a tour to several wineries is a great way to visit different wineries in the area and compare their wines.

On these tours you’ll try vranac, which is produced by all wineries in Montenegro, but you’ll also be able to try krstač and rosé wines, brandies and traditional foods. You’ll also see some of the beautiful rural landscapes that are found in Lake Skadar National Park.

Three wineries tour from Virpazar >

Three wineries tour from Podgorica >

Four wineries tour from Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj or Podgorica >

Where to Stay on Skadar Lake 

Skadar Lake is a beautiful, quiet retreat. When you stay on the lake you can combine one of these winery tours with kayaking, a hike or a boat cruise, and you remove the problem of who will be your sober driver.

Here are some top places to stay near Virpazar:

Eco Resort and Winery Cermeniza - beautiful winery and accommodation with pool.

Vida's House - lovely apartment overlooking the lake in Virpazar.

Hoopoe Glamping - a beautiful family-friendly retreat that makes the most of Lake Skadar's natural landscape.

Podgorica Wine Tasting

Plantaže is Montenegro’s largest wine producer. Their vineyard, Ćemovsko Polje, has over 10 million vines covering 2,300 hectares and is the largest unbroken vineyard in Europe. Their wines have won more than 900 international awards and Plantaže sells over 16 million bottles of wine in 40 countries annually.

They also have an enormous wine cellar in Podgorica called Šipčanik. The cellar itself used to be a secret Yugoslav-era underground hangar and is a 356m long tunnel, which makes this one of the more unique places to try wine in Montenegro.

Plantaže offers wine tastings in Šipčanik that include five wines and a cheese and bread platter. You can book a visit to Šipčanik with transport from Podgorica or any of the other major centers.

Šipčanik wine tasting from Podgorica > 

If you have a day to spend, this tour takes you to experience two ends of the spectrum of wine production in Montenegro. First you visit Šipčanik, with its millions of liters of wine to do their wine tasting. Next you head to a small, family-run winery near Lake Skadar to try their wines.

Šipčanik and Lake Skadar winery tour > 


Coast of Montenegro Wine Tasting

There is only one winery in the Bay of Kotor offering wine tastings. It’s a beautiful place situated atop a hill overlooking the entrance of the Bay of Kotor.

Kotor Wine Tour

Best Montenegro wine tours: Kotor Wine TourBest Montenegro wine and wine tours: Kotor Wine Tour

This tour is great for cruise ship passengers and anyone who has a limited amount of time in the Bay of Kotor.

The tour includes a walking tour of Kotor, a walking tour of Herceg Novi, a stop in the beautiful town of Perast and a visit to Savina Winery. The winery has beautiful views of the entrance of the Bay of Kotor and the visit includes tastings of three wines, snacks, olive oil and rakija.

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Wine Tasting Tips

Is this your first wine tasting tour? No problem! Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Lake Skadar wine tasting tour...

Eat Before Your Tour: You want to make the most of the tour and be able to enjoy your tastings. Don't go on an empty stomach!

Don't Wear Perfume: Did you know your sense of smell overpowers your sense of taste?You won't be able to fully experience the wines if the scent of your perfume is competing with the wine, so it's best to go without on the day of your tour.

Do It Like A Pro: Swirl, sniff, sip and repeat. This way you'll be able to savour your tastings.

Ask Questions: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Montenegrins are a friendly bunch and they'll be only too happy to answer your questions about wine in Montenegro!

Enjoy the views: Some of these wineries are in magical locations. Take a few minutes to enjoy the stunning scenery!


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