Wine regions

Wine regions / 01/22/2019 / 1199


Mlava wine region comprises vineyards on the right side of the lower basin of the Great Morava river and in the area surrounding the Resava, Mlava and Pek rivers.

According to 2012 data, there are 815 hectares of vineyards in Mlava region. The region of Mlava comprises three sub-regions: Braničevo, Požarevac and Resava.

Vineyards are generally located at altitudes of 100 to 270 meters. The altitude of the area decreases as it goes from the southeast to the northwest, intersected by lower flat terrains in the river valleys.

The vineyards are mainly located in the southern, eastern and southeastern exposures.

Soil: The most common land types in the Mlava region are Luvisol and Loess, but other types of soil such as Fluvisol, Eutric Cambisol, Chernozem or Lithosol on sanstone can be found. In the north of the wine region, along the Danube, there are also vineyards on sandy soil. The vineyards are mostly planted on Eutric Cambisol and Chernozem.

Moderating factors affecting the local climate are the Carpathian Mountains of Homolj (952 m) and Beljanica (1339 m) in the east. On the north side of the region is the Danube River, which affects early ripening of grapes in areas near the river. The Great Morava River flows along the western side of the wine region, whose wide valley allows for steady, gentle airflow and penetration of warm air currents from the south.

Grape Producers: In this wine region, 6,848 households own vineyards. The largest number of vineyards is located in the municipality of Petrovac na Mlavi.

Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Marselan, Prokupac, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Interesting trivia:

- Due to its convenient relief and altitude, Mlava region does not have extreme winter frosts that could damage the vine. During the winter, the temperature drops below -10 degrees Celsius during 3 days on average, and the absolute minimum was February 1956 when the temperature dropped to -12 degrees Celsius.

- Hail rarely occurs in Mlava region.

- Kadarka variety is also called Braničevka or Četereška (Četereže is a village in Mlava region near the town of Žabari) which indicates that this variety was widely present in the past in this region.


Tomislav Ivanović

Awarded wine writer, wine critic and contributor to selected wine magazines. WSET3-certified author and editor-in-chief of Member of Vojvodina Sommelier Association. Juror in national and international wine competitions. Lecturing about wines of Serbia and the Balkans. Local partner of Wine Mosaic organization. Co-founder of International Prokupac Day.

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