Vranac is an ancient Montenegrin variety and its real origin has been hidden deeply in the history. It is most likely that it originates from the close area of Crmnica and it is certain that it has been very closely linked with the variety Kratošija. It had been grown since the 14th century in the valley of Lake Skadar. It is our viticultural and national pride and in accordingly, it covers even 70% of our vineyards in Ćemovsko polje.
Vineyards, located in the shallow, skeletal soils, with over 2.500 hours of sunshine annually, give the excellent quality of the grapes, transforming it, by the state-of the –art equipment into premium wines.Plantaže has been recognised particularly by the production of this classic varietal Vranac, of the controlled origin and quality.
Montenegrin Vranac is the wine by which this grape variety has been discovered best.All varietal characteristics of Vranac have been preserved in it, but it also represents best the area, namely terroir-soil and rocks of Ćemovsko polje.
This powerful, robust southern wine was classified among 100 Top Red Wines of Europe within the list, published in the Milan weekly magazine Il Mondo in 1991.
Montenegrin Vranac 2012
The wine is intense ruby colour with the purple hues. On nose and taste it reminds of ripe sour cherries, dark forest fruit and prunes with sweet, spicy tones, leaving good mouthfeel and warmth in the aftertaste. It is full on taste, rich with alcohol and extract. It has balanced acids and extraordinary tannic structure, giving it the possibility of longer laying down and aging.
Glass: a large, tulip-shaped glass
MATCHING WITH FOOD
Red meats, game meat,spicy dishes, fatty , mature cheese. In Montenegro, Vranac is traditionally consumed with the ham from Njeguši and with the dishes, made of good quality sea and lake fish-particularly with the smoked carp, as well as with all types of roasted meat and grilled dishes.
Technical Sheet (PDF)
Montenegrin Vranac 2012
A regular good harvest concerning the quality and yield of the grapes. Weather conditions for ripening the grapes were favourable. The grapes were sound.
Viticultural areas: Valley of Lake Skadar, Podgorica’s viticultural area
Location: Ćemovsko polje
Size of the vineyard: 1.031 ha
Exposition : North-South
Soil: shallow, skeletal soil
Planting Density: 2.60×0.80; 2.60×0.70; 2.80×0.90
Growing type: bilateral Guyot
Average age of the grapevines: 3 do 36 years
Varietal composition: Vranac 100 %
Yield: 8-10 t/ha
Harvest time: September
Manner of harvest: manual and mechanic
Vinification: vinification in the inox vats
Temperature of fermentation: 23-25°C
Duration of fermentation: 10-12 days
Duration of maceration: 10-12 days
Malolactic fermentation: yes, spontaneous
Aging: Aging in the inox vats
The duration of aging: 2 years
Chemical analysis: pH -3.60; total acids- 3.60; alcohol-13.6 % vol.
Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, MUNSUS VINI 2014, Germany
Montenegrin Varnac 2010, Bronze medal, IWSC 2014, Great Britain
Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Bronze medal, Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival, Bulgaria
Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium
Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Gold medal International Wine Contest Bucharest, Bulgaria
Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, AWC Vienna, Austria
Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Bronze medal, Decanter Word Wine Awards, Great Britain
Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, LES CITADELLES DU VIN, France
Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, AWC Vienna, Austria
Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, Jadranski sajam Budva , Montenegro
Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, China Wine Awards, China
Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Bronze medal, International wine and spirits, Great Britain
Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Gold medal, Jadranski sajam Budva, Montenegro
Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Gold medal, International Fair Novi Sad, Serbia
Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, Les Citadelles Du Vin, France
Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, Vinagora, Hungary
Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, AWC Vienna, Austria
Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Gold medal, Vino Slovenija, Slovenia
Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Favorite brand, VI Brand Fair, Serbia