• Tikves, Macedonia

Founded in 1885, Tikveš Winery has witnessed the independence movements in the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all, they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region: the white Rkaticeli, which originated in the Caucasus, and Kratosija, Vranec, and Plavec which are all indigenous red varieties to the Balkan peninsula. With the fall of communism and independence of The Republic of North Macedonia, this historic estate was privatized, and new investments were made to update the vineyard and cellar practices. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming, yields have been lowered, and indigenous varieties have been preserved. With Philippe Cambie’s assistance, they have modernized their cellar practices by utilizing temperature-controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging.