Erdevik Estate – ‘A synergy of traditional and modern winemaking’

By Published On: March 25, 2024

Erdevik Estate’s single vineyard block of 40 hectares is located on the 45th parallel in Serbia’s Fruška Gora region (like Bordeaux in France and Piedmont in Italy).

Above the village of Krcedin in the Breskvik microclimate at 100 meters in elevation, it is planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. Erdevik is one of Serbia’s oldest wineries, dating back to 1826, when Count Livio Odescalchi built the original cellar and winery in the village of the same name in western foothills of Alma Mons. Today’s Erdevik is “a synergy of traditional and modern approaches to winemaking.” In November 2023, I had an opportunity to visit Erdevik and taste a few wines at a dinner hosted by sales director Ivan Mihailović, pictured above.

Erdevik Estate Belluci Tamjanika 2021, Fruška Gora, Serbia
You’ve found your spring and summer sipper
Youthful and vibrant, Erdevik’s Tamjanika is the ideal warm-weather white – floral and fruity flavors like camomile, jasmine, citrus, and pear abound. A wonderfully bone-dry apéritif, it is also an aromatic and mouthwatering companion to lighter fare like poultry, seafood, salads, vegetable dishes, and mild cheeses. Drink now and drink often.

Erdevik Estate Stifler’s Mom Shiraz 2019, Fruška Gora, Serbia
Your bold kiss of Serbia
Erdevik’s sexy Shiraz – whose name comes from the character in the movie American Pie – is deliciously dark with flavors like blackberry, black cherry, blackcurrant, vanilla, and pepper. From its violet-scented beginning to its long, luxurious finish, you’ll be hard pressed to stop at one glass. Stock up on this silky-smooth, spicy, and seductive red before it’s gone and pair it with grilled and roasted red and game meats – you can thank us later.
Awards: 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards, 95 points – Gold (2017 vintage). Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 92 points (2017 vintage)

Erdevik Estate Trianon 2018, Fruška Gora, Serbia
Bordeaux meets Serbia in this mighty red
Erdevik’s blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz is all about the Ds – deep, dark, dense, and delicious. An interplay of ripe red and black fruits, chocolate, mocha, and a dusting of peppery and oak spice make this a must-buy for the red wine lover. A smooth-as-silk, full-bodied red like this calls for rich meat dishes that will match its power. “Quite a seriously good wine,” wrote a Decanter judge. We agree.
Awards: 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, 92 points – Silver

Tasted November 2023 at Erdevik with Sales Director Ivan Mihailović and/or at Wine Vision by Open Balkan.

Wine notes originally written for UK importer and retailer Danube Wines.

About the Author: Elizabeth Smith

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Dr. Elizabeth Smith is a former college professor and wine club manager turned award-winning wine writer, copywriter, and marketer. Elizabeth is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Sacramento and Sonoma Chapters, the Circle of Wine Writers and the Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. Connect with Elizabeth at easmith.net/contact.