The Tikveš region is unquestionably the best place to grow grapes and produce wine in North Macedonia, and so it probably comes as no great surprise to discover that the vast majority the country’s best vineyards can be found there. Even better still, most of them provide fascinating tours and tasting events, all of which need to be booked in advance and that are all equally worth attending. The history of the eponymous Tikveš winery in Kavadarci dates back to the second half of the 19th century and a time when the organised production and sale of wine in Macedonia is first recognised to have begun. Producing a staggering array of products from high-end wine to table wines to rakija, organised wine tours here involve a history of the company and several different options for groups and individuals in their gorgeous wine cellar. Just north of Gradsko, new kid on the block Stobi is already turning out an impressive 4.5 million litres of wine in four distinct categories of which their Premium varieties include Syrah Barrique, Merlot Barrique, Aminta and Vranec Veritas. Dedicated to sharing their love and experiences with the rest of the world, Stobi, that also features a restaurant on its territory, organises a wide range of events including tours and corporate functions. Just outside Negotino, Bovin was established in 1998 and has a capacity of 1.5 million bottles a year split between around 70 percent red and 30 percent white. Aimed at high-end consumers, their wines, including Vranec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir are exported all over the world. Bovin also produces rakija and the company offers special wine-tasting events for groups of between 10 and 60 people. Located in the sleepy village of Sopot, the Popov winery has a tasting room for up to 40 people and a large terrace for bigger groups where it’s possible to taste their impressive range of reds, whites, rosés, rakijas and brandies. Fascinating tours of the winery are also available.