Nancy Kočiš Galetić lives in Northern Serbia near the Croatian and Hungarian borders. Her proximity to numerous wine regions has made Nancy an avid wine tourist. She frequently explores nearby wines and wineries. You can find Nancy on Instagram.
If you research the name Zvonko Bogdan, you will discover that he is a famous Serbian composer-singer who is best known for his performances of Serb, Croat, Hungarian and Romanian folk ballads. You will also learn that Bogdan is a winemaker.
The winery that bears Zvonko Bogdan’s name is anchored to the eastern shore of Lake Palic, in Northern Serbia near the Hungarian border. The estate’s 50 hectares (125 acres) of vines are devoted to white grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Yellow Muscat and Chardonnay. The primary red varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Blaufrankisch.
After passing through the beautiful wrought iron gate and the rows of vines, you will arrive at the palatial Zvonko Bogdan Winery complex. The size and splendor of the venue will compete with any winery in the world. There are spaces for for tasting and fine dining. A cellar contains more than 300 French and American oak barrels.
Tours and tastings are offered at very reasonable prices and they are conducted in Serbian, Hungarian or English. Whether you take the standard or deluxe tour, a platter of local delicacies will accompany the tasting to offer pairing options.
All images courtesy of Zvonko Bogdan Winery.