Grown primarily in Montenegro, Vranac is an indigenous red grape variety known for its dark colour and rich, bold, well-structured wines. The name Vranac literally translated as "black stallion" which shows the characteristics of the grape.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Vranac grape is a dark-skinned variety with thin skins and large berries. It produces intense ruby-red wines with aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and mint. On the palate, the wines are full-bodied and have a tannic structure and flavour profile that includes black cherry, blackberry, plum, licorice and chocolate.

Fresh Vranac grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

The Vranac grape is native to Montenegro, where it has been grown for centuries. It is also grown in North Macedonia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosova and Croatia. Traditionally grown as a table grape, Vranac is a high-yielding and vigorous grape variety that is well-adapted to various climate conditions. However, it is sensitive to botrytis and frost. With the high tannin level, the Vranac wines are usually aged in oak barrels and are benefit from the oak aging. In Montenegro, Vranac is used to make a variety of wines, including dry reds, rosés and sweet wines. The dry reds are usually robust and full-bodied, while the rosés are lighter and have a refreshing acidity. The sweet wines are usually made from overripe grapes and have intense flavours of dark fruit and spices. Vranac wines pair well with a variety of dishes, including roasted meats, game, stews and cheeses.

Foods to pair with Vranac:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Vranac
Vranac is said to be the favourite wine of Montenegrin poet Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, who wrote about it in his famous poem “The Mountain Wreath”.

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