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Šumadija: A Hidden Gem in Europe’s Wine Scene

Šumadija, a region in Serbia, has been recognised as one of the top ten wine regions to visit in 2024 by the esteemed wine website 

This accolade highlights Šumadija’s rising prominence in the Central and Eastern European wine industry.

Despite not being the most prominent, largest, or most renowned wine region in Serbia, Šumadija has garnered attention for its unique combination of wine heritage and tourism potential. The region’s historical significance in the Serbian wine story is particularly noteworthy. Šumadija, situated about 70 kilometers from Belgrade, may not be the easiest to access due to its hilly roads, yet it holds a special place in the hearts of many Serbians, especially around Topola and Oplenac.

One of the region’s most intriguing aspects is its royal connection. King Petar I of Serbia established a winery here, close to a grand church and mausoleum, creating a destination for a sort of pilgrimage. Visitors to the region can explore the former royal winery, adding a historical dimension to their wine-tasting experience.

The recognition of Šumadija as a must-visit wine region is a testament to its growing appeal and unique charm. As more travelers seek off-the-beaten-path destinations, Šumadija stands out as a region that combines historical richness with enological excellence, offering a unique experience for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

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