41st Tourism Fair will be held from February 21 to 24, 2019.
Belgrade Tourism Fair has been maintaining tradition for 40 years and fulfilling world standards of business, building partnership relations with exhibitors and business visitors. For those who like traveling, there are numerous attractive and exotic destinations that are presented through an interesting and spacious program at stalls and fairgrounds.
The largest tourist event in Southeast Europe. 1,200 exhibitors 800 domestic exhibitors within the program “Serbia in one place” 300 foreign exhibitors from 50 countries 12,500 business visitors 1,000 journalists from Serbia and the region 70 thousand visitors 50% discount on the sale of travel packages 15th Catering Equipment Fair – HORECA 10th International Wine Fair – BEOWINE Numerous prizes and praise confirm this is the most successful tourist event in Serbia and the region
From the time immemorial the rolling hills of Oplenac were used to cultivate vines. A place of origin of the family Aleksandrovi? has deep connections with the ancient past.
During the Roman times that place was called Vincea, while in the Middle Ages it was called Vinica. Today the place is called Vin?a – which is a direct connection and association with the main activity of the local population. In the beginning of the XX century in nearby Vin?a, the Ven?ac Winemaking Cooperative was founded, and then vineyards and cellar of the Serbian and Yugoslav kings Peter I and Alexander I Kara?or?evi?, who spread the glory of wines from Oplenac far and wide, throughout Europe. The Aleksandrovi? family cultivates vines and makes wines for more than a century. From the very beginning they cooperated closely with the royal viticulturists and cellar masters and also were among founders of the Vin?a Winemaking Cooperative.
When the famous royal cellar master Živan Tadi?, who immigrated to Canada after the World War Two, learned that the family Aleksandrovi? was restoring winemaking tradition of Oplenac, he consequently sent to Vin?a the original recipe – a blend composition of Trijumf – the best wine from the royal cellars. Trijumf was enjoyed on various royal courts before the World War Two. Therefore, in our cellar, based on yellow manuscript, we started writing new pages of the long family history of winemaking, relying on our ancestors’ experience, latest scientific advances and modern technology.
A village of Vin?a, at the foot of Oplenac, where Aleksandrovi? Winery is situated, was always known for viticulture and winemaking. Sunny slopes, a rich structure of the soil, favorable winds and mild climate represent a natural gift which is translated to the top quality wines from Aleksandrovi? Winery.
By applying the latest technology, carefully following global trends, scientific advances and the proud tradition of our older generations, Aleksandrovi? winery became the leader among the wine producers within the entire Balkan region.
In addition to wine production Aleksandrovi? Winery is engaged with the wine tourism. More than 15,000 people visit our winery annually, which clearly shows the very high level of services they offer. Their arrived both individually or as a part of the organized group visits.
It is possible to visit vineyards and winery together with a qualified guide and also to taste all our wines. Apart from well-known brands such as Trijumf, Trijumf Barrique, Oplenac Selection, Harizma and Varijanta, wine lovers also may taste Trijumf Noir, Vizija and Rodoslov wines. Tasting room has a capacity to accommodate 60 people at any time.
In 1990, in the well preserved vineyard of his grandfather’s, in Krnjevo, the heart of Šumadija, Miodrag Mija Radovanovi? established Podrum Radovanovi?, the first Serbian privately owned winery striving to make high quality wines. When it was established, the winery was the first small private winery in Serbia.
“We had only one goal, which was to produce high quality wine that would bring Serbian viticulture closer to global standards. We are still on the same path, in search for the best wine that one day would place Šumadija, and the whole of Serbia, on the top of global viticulture.”
The origins of wine story for Radovanovi? family from Krnjevo, near Velika Plana go back to early 20th century, when Miloš Radovanovi? planted his first vineyards. The current chapter of Podrum Radovanovi? started in 1990 when Miodrag Radovanovi? decided to restore his grandfather’s estate and plant his first vine. The Rhein Riesling is still where it has always been, growing together with our winery for the past twenty five years.
The tiles in this mosaic have been carefully stacked, so that today Podrum Radovanovi? is one of the most renowned private wineries in Serbia, and beyond, which produces high quality wines.
Southeastern exposition of the vineyards planted in white varieties and southwestern orientation of the plots with red varieties enable good exposition of grapes to the sun, which, together with specific and favorable geological and climate characteristics of this area provide excellent conditions for a proper and healthy growth of the vine, as well as for good ripening of grapes. The result is a high percentage of sugar in the grapes, in some years even up to 25-26%, which is an extraordinary potential for the creation of strong, complex wines with distinctive character.
Specific soil structure, with a combination of various soil types – loam, clay, shale and lime – provides a base where, in line with moderate geological and climate parameters, we are building a unique terroir whose characteristics is truly reflected in our wines.
Nature in this region is very kind to grapes, and by timely harvest, by seizing a balance between technological and biological ripeness of the grapes, we are trying to preserve the best of what it gives us. The same principle is applied in 25 hectares of our cooperative vineyards.
Miodrag Radovanovi? has imprinted thirty years of experience as an oenologist and the knowledge base gained at the University of Belgrade into all our wines, making them distinctive and authentic.
As one of the best and most experienced Serbian viticulturists, he knew how to combine the abundance of nature and serious and systematic work, first in the vineyard, and then in the cellar as well.
“In our case, the primary and only goal of using modern technology is to preserve what grapes give us when it is harvested and to create a distinct link between its best characteristics and those reflected in our wines.”
Along with the production part of the winery, featuring state of the art equipment that enables us to apply the latest information in oenology, we are especially proud of the part of our cellar where, as in a type of art workshop, we keep our highest quality wines in baroque barrels made of French, American and Serbian oaks.
We are very proud to be their partner in such a big project like this conference was. We have also helped our client to meet the capital of Serbia in manners of good host. The participants of conference have had a chance to see Royal Compound and Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street and Republic Square, to taste famous Serbian rakia but also to try Serbian cuisine in popular Belgrade restaurants.
The Royal compound is a complex of residences built for the Kara?or?evi? royal family between 1924 and 1937. The compound is located in the Dedinje neighborhood, a prestigious area of Belgrade, Serbia. It consists of two primary residences: The Royal Palace and The White Palace. The royal compound covers an area of 134 hectares, of which 27 hectares surround the Royal Palace and another 12 hectares the White Palace. The service buildings include kitchens, garages, guards barracks and the office of the Marshal.
The Royal compound is covered with parks of the English garden type, where the vegetation is allowed to grow naturally, whereas around the two palaces the French garden concept of park arrangement is applied, meaning that flowers, bushes and trees have neatly shaped forms and are planted in strictly geometrical order.
The Royal Palace is a grand stucco villa in the Serbo-Byzantine style by architect Živojin Nikoli? and assisted by Russian immigrant architects Nikolai Krasnov and Victor Lukomsky, was built from 1924 to 1929 as an ideal home for King Alexander I and Queen Maria. The King thought that it would be a nice and quiet place, away from the city noise and curious public eyes.
The White Palace located in the same complex as the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Kara?or?evi? royal family. The palace was designed in a NeoPalladian manner inspired by the 18th century English houses such as Ditchley Park. Its interior was decorated with English Georgian and 19th century Russian antiques by the French design firm Jansen, which later decorated the White House during the administration of John F. Kennedy.
The Royal Chapel, which is located within the Royal Compound, is devoted to Saint Apostle Andrew The First-Called, the patron Saint of The Royal Family of Yugoslavia. The church was built at the same time as The Royal Palace and is attached to it through a colonnade with semicircular arches from where there are magnificent views towards northern, western and southern parts of Belgrade, as well as to the terraced rose gardens. It is covered with frescoes painted by Russian painters who traveled around Serbia and copied the frescoes of the most famous Serbian medieval monasteries.
During the month of April Talas S was a host to the group from Holland Company MCX.
The group was greeted by a girl in national costume, with bread and salt, in Serbian traditional way.
Since we always try to be creative in our services, this time we have decided to organize transfer from the airport to the city center by vintage bus. Bus is 80 years old and so is the driver Branko, also known as Grandpa Branko.
On the way to the city center, the group didn’t mind to pick up ‘gipsy-hitchhiker-band’ so we had mini concert on the bus and enjoyed in the sound of Serbian trumpet! 🙂
Since the group was four days in Belgrade, we had the opportunity to experience different pleasures in Serbia. The group has enjoyed in walk on Belgrade’s Fortress – Kalemegdan and a coffee in oldest tavern in Belgrade called ‘?’. There is no better place than Skadarlija – Bohemian quarter to experience local specialties and feel the vivid atmosphere of Serbian capital. The evening was continued at Savamala district where the guests had the chance to mingle with locals, and feel Belgrade’s night life at its best.
Orienteering at Fruška Gora with barbeque after it can have a big influence on the team spirit, and our guests had an opportunity to experience that. Nice weather, fresh air, cold beverage and famous Serbian barbeque.
We all know that from time to time you just need to relax, and for that occasion we have prepared a boat ride on rivers Sava and Danube. After the ride we just ‘hop’ to the fish restaurant – directly from the boats. Since that day was ‘relax day’ we choose fish soup and mixed fish specialty for the lunch.
We were very happy that MCX choose us to be their DMC and we gave our best to be a good host.
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