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Winegrowers need subsidies and better control of imports

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Winemaking is one of the most developed branches of domestic agriculture in the last 20 years. Serbian wines receive the best marks at international competitions, and the number of wineries is growing along with the quality. Growth would be even higher, say experts, if it were not threatened by the import of cheap wine of dubious quality.

Preparations are underway for the “Wine Vision” of the Open Balkans. In less than a month, the most important regional producers as well as buyers from all over the world will come to Belgrade.

“Now we have about 500 wineries in Serbia. The wines are getting better and better quality and there are more and more of them, there are also some regions that are very recognizable on the wine world map,” points out Saša Novaković from the Association of Šumadije Winemakers.

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According to assistant professor Dr. Darko Jakšić from the Institute for the Application of Science in Agriculture, the next five years should be used to build as many vineyards as possible.

“And to improve the quality, that is, to systematize in terms of designations of geographical origin”, emphasizes Jakšić.

Necessary subsidies for autochthonous varieties

The trends on the world wine map are in the hands of Serbian producers, so experts are asking for the return of subsidies for clonal selection and planting material of autochthonous grape varieties.

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“In today’s era of cabernetization and chardonnayization, autochthonous and newly created varieties such as tamjanika, prokupac, smederevka can come to the fore. This is not only for foreign customers, but also for foreign tourists, of whom there are more and more in Belgrade and throughout Serbia.” points out Dušan Veličković, author of the show “Grozd”.

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