Rakija is quickly becoming the most recognized Serbian brand

The export of rakija (fruit brandy) from Serbia is growing year-on-year, it is estimated that it is currently worth around 25 million euros and it is exported even to Australia.

Rakija producers in Serbia are keen to preserve old, autochthonous varieties of plum such as crvena ranka, požegača and čačanska belobitica, because, as they say, they are an exceptional raw material for the production of premium brandies. Serbian plum varieties are grown all over the country, mostly in Jadar and the Moravian district.

Nikola Ristanović from the village of Brđani near Čačak has a total of three hectares of land where he grows plums and apricots. “We grow plums on 2.5 hectares, and apricots on half a hectare. We produce up to 5,000 bottles of rakija annually,” Ristanović points out.

Marko Petrović, a rakija producer from the village of Lešnice near Loznica, is particularly proud of the plum wine he produces. “These are distillates aged from 4 to 18 years. This is precisely the proof that we have a long tradition of brandy production,” adds Petrović.

“There is great export potential, but it requires coordinated work from the production of planting material, through the cultivation of fruit to the production and branding of rakija and its export,” says Veljko Jovanović from the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia.

According to documents written in the 5th century, ancient Slavs used to drink mead wine and brandy and brought the habit to the Balkans when they settled here in the 7th century. Exactly when rakija production started is not known, but we do know that it was practiced during emperor Dušan’s reign. Under Dušan’s Code (1354) penalties were prescribed for alcohol abuse.

(Vreme.com, 13.05.2024)


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