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Wine Fest 2018

Portalegre, Portugal
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Wine Fest 2018

I'm a big fan of wine, and I'm hoping to come for the first time to Macedonia to coincide with the 2018 Wine Fest.

The problem is that, despite a lot of searching, I've been able to find out nothing about it other that that it's (probably) in December at the Skopje Fair Exhibition Ground.

Obviously that's not enough information to make travel plans!

Despite having written to a number of places, including, twice, the National Tourism Agency, I have received no response.

So...

Does anyone have any more information, or where I might look for any information, or even when more information might be available.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Wine Fest 2018

hm if its in December dont expect any info before autumn... but arent you mixing it with this one maybe? http://www.vinoskop.com/en

for everythig that is connected to skopje fair better contact them http://skopjefair.com.mk they list a wine fest site but its not updated since 2014: skopjefair.com.mk/exhibitions.aspx…

have a look here too: Skopje Wine Salon - Vinodonia http://vinodonia.mk/en is a wine event that took place last december for the second time

Portalegre, Portugal
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2. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Thanks.

I'll look into those and write as you've suggested - I'm booked up for September, sadly.

I got my info from here...

https:/…f-wine-fest-22837-1.html

The vinodonia event seems like what the doctor ordered but is for last year - perhaps they'll be another one - I've written to them.

Thanks again.

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3. Re: Wine Fest 2018

There was a Vinoskop 2017 last year from 20.09.2017-24.09.2017, and for this year it is renamed into Wine Festival 2018, however there is no information yet as to the date. It would probably be the same month i think. If you don't catch that a lot of the good wineries offer wine tasting with a menu at their premises.

You can read more about Macedonian wine and the wine producers here:

http://winesofmacedonia.mk/about-wom/

I know Tikves, Popova Kula, Chateau Sopot offer wine tastings (Though they are outside Skopje).

Hope you have a great time in Skopje

Edited: 11 July 2018, 20:56
Portalegre, Portugal
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4. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Thanks for the additional information.

As yet, no-one has replied to my queries - and I'm not holding my breath. I really thought a Marriott would actually reply.

It's all rather frustrating, to be honest - I keep seeing "Visit Macedonia" adverts on the likes of BBC World yet, when I try to make enquiries about such a visit, officialdom, who are spending loads of money on advertising, drop the ball.

Thanks also for the suggestions of tastings at wineries - as here in Portugal, I would much much much rather spend all day at one big event, tasting lots of wine from all over the country, than spend a few hours tasting just a few wines from a single producer - the more so when I only drink red wine.

I will continue to try and get information - hopefully I'll get something before it's too late to book transport and accommodation at sensible prices.

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5. Re: Wine Fest 2018

The lack of replies would suggest that there is no official information yet as to the date of the festival, even i could not find any more info. The festival itself is under the patronage of the Office of the Mayor of Skopje, so when you throw bureaucracy into it, things like these happen. I think we should know more by August, since the festival also involves live music acts, food etc.

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6. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Short notice is an understatement, but just wanted to let you know Skopje Wine Fest is confirmed and will take place next to Vero Centar in the center of the city from 12.09-15.09. Hope you are in Skopje at those dates. Let me know how it went and how you liked our wine :)

Have a great time

Portalegre, Portugal
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7. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Thanks for the info,

However, I was going to Macedonia specifically for the wine festival, and less than a week's notice just isn't even close to possible.

STILL no-one has replied to any of my official enquiries - which makes me wonder is they really ARE interested in people actually visiting Macedonia.

Maybe next year....

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8. Re: Wine Fest 2018

I would contact Kamnik winary ( they are near Skopje) as they are one of the main sponsors in the wine calendar.

http://www.chateaukamnik.com/index.php

Also Skovin winery has lots of wine testing events during the year in their Vinoteques and are also main mover and shaker in the wine calendar.

http://www.skovin.mk/Default.aspx

You might get info thru them rather than any official notification

And yes, I understand that ppl need to know things before hand, so they can organise their trip and I am with you on it.

Good luck

Portalegre, Portugal
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9. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Thanks for those links - but I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to say to them - "Please can you tell me when next there's a wine festival in your country?

I suppose I could try that, if you think I'll get an answer, but I actually couldn't see information on their web site about THIS event, even (may be there, of course, and I missed it).

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10. Re: Wine Fest 2018

Just polite letter with enquiry

Say that you are wine enthusiast and you heard about the wine fest do they taking part in the next one?

If so please can you tell me when it’s planned for as you want to sample all the wines on offer?

Sincerely...

I am sure they would answer

After all is in their interest to have more ppl knowing about their wines

Anyway it doesn’t hurt to ask, you never know you might find more than you bargained and actually have great time visiting

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