M O N T E N E G R O
Montenegro is a small country on the western side of the Balkan Peninsula, its western border defined by the meeting point of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. A typical southern European country, the Montenegrin landscape is relatively dry, mountainous and definitively Mediterranean. Hence there is a long-established culture of viticulture and winemaking here.
With Greece just 100 miles (161km) to the south-east and Italy only a fraction further across the Adriatic, it was almost inevitable that Montenegrin culture would one day encounter wine in some form or another. While there is yet to be evidence of such a developed wine culture as that found in neighboring Croatia, it is almost beyond doubt that the area now known as Montenegro ('black mountain') saw wine production long before the likes of France and even Italy. In fact, several of the grapes for which Italy is now known came from this area of the world, either by sea or up the Adriatic coastline to Venice, via modern-day Croatia and Slovenia.
Robust red Primitivo (America's Zinfandel) is a prime example of this grape-migration pattern. It is believed to have made its Italian landfall around Bari, Puglia, which lies directly across the Adriatic from the Montenegrin city of Bar. Whether the names Bar and Bari are connected in any way is unclear, but it is telling that the Bar-Bari ferry crossing remains the key connection between Montenegro and Italy.
Today Montenegro produces very little wine from the Primitivo/Zinfandel grape (or Crljenak Kasteljanski as it is known in this part of the world), and is best known for its intense, deeply colored varietal wine made from Vranac. Well-made Vranac is at its best after several years in bottle, and with judicious use of oak, Montenegrin Vranac can rival the powerful wines of southern France. It can also have a fresh acid balance rarely seen across the water in Puglia – a trait bestowed on it by the cooler altitudes at which the vines can be grown in Montenegro.
Through turbulent centuries and rich history, people in "Ljesanska nahija" district the Old Royal Montenegro skilfully cultivated their vine, faithfully dedicating all their efforts and tameness of "nahija" to it. Grape vine and wine were their only security, food and medicine.
Living in Ljesanska nahija and producing top quality wines and grape brandy represents a challenge and a logical path at the same time.
The Bogojevic family has cultivated grape vine for generations now and has produced wine, which they consider to be a necessity as well as love.
Since he believed that "Ljesanska nahija", with its favourable climate and location of the vineyard, can produce top quality wine and grape brandy, Aleksandar V. Bogojevic registered the cultivation of vine and manufacturing of wine and grape brandy.
We have cultivated "vranac" and "kratosija" (indigenous to Montenegro) cultivars, but the challenge still remains how to render all their harmony into a top quality wine. Wines "Bogdan" (name means , gift of God) the red wine of intense color and extract.
Our family strives to produce as better vine as possible and also to keep the long tradition alive improving it by scientific achievements in winemaking.
Staniseljici are a place in the upper part of "Ljesanska nahija" with a long vineyard-wine tradition.
The vineyard is situated at the hill above the village from where a beautiful view stretches on Skadar Lake. Premises where the fermentation and crushing of grapes are carried out are also within the vineyard. The squeezed wine is taken to the cellar where it is put into barrels for further maturation.
The cellar is within an old stone house in which the wine is held. A room for wine tasting and refreshment is above it. We also have four twin-bedded rooms as well as a spacious dining room.
From the beginning of the civilisation till today, wine has been considered the most cultivated and most civilised means of pleasure.
Our every bottle hides the spirit of "ljesanska nahija", we invite you to give yourself over to it and join us in pleasure.