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Popova Kula Winery is without doubt one of the main wine tourism attractions in the country, boasting excellent hospitality, picture post card surroundings and an impressive range of authentic wines to match. The winery, now in its tenth year of existence, has been actively protecting the cult of Stanushina, one of the very few indigenous Macedonian grape variety in existence. Thanks to the dedication of Jordan Trajkov, the founder of Popova Kula, and his team of enologists, this grape variety saw its rebirth in the country in the last decade.

The winery and its vineyards are located on the southern slopes of Veliko Brdo west of the town of Demir Kapija. This area is particularly well suited to quality wine making. The vineyards of Popova Kula are planted just around the winery and they yield highest quality grapes. Vineyards are irrigated with drop by drop system using water from the river Doshnica, one of the cleanest rivers in the country. The area benefits from more than 280 sunny days per year.

The winery pays respects to the wine tradition in the region in many other ways as well. Popova Kula was named after an important tower, the Popova Kula (Priest’s Tower) which once served as an important checkpoint on the old Roman road that passes next to the location. In tribute, they have erected a new 17m high tower and named the winery Popova Kula. 

The winery owns 20 hectares of vineyards, most of them surrounding the winery and produces wine from nine different grape varieties: Stanushina,Vranec, Prokupec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Temjanika,Chardonnay, Zilavka and Muscat Ottonel. The plantings of Stanushina cover 1.36 ha, Vranec 4.6 ha and Prokupec 0.87 ha. 

Some of the new planted vineyards stretch on eight hectares and are located less than six kilometres from the winery, in the microlocality called Besvichki Livadki, situated at an altitude of 400 m above sea level. At this location the following grape varieties are planted: Temjanika, Zilavka, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Prokupec. 

Popova Kula’s wine portfolio is divided in five lines of wines: Perfect Choice, Reserve, Classic, Demir Kapija, and a special line is dedicated to the Stanushina.