Serbia's largest vineyards
Vršac vineyards promise a good harvest and the most beautiful wines!
Driving through the vast plain, we reach the place where the Vršac Mountains rise, the largest in Vojvodina. We enjoy walking around the city of artists, painters, and poets with the tour guide. We climb the steps to Vršački breg, from where you can see Banat in the palm of your hand. Some monuments write the history of this area.
When we think of Vrsac, we also have in mind Vrsac Mountains- on their slopes are the largest vineyards in Serbia. Vrsac is a multicultural city with about 40,000 inhabitants and 23 nations. While touring Vrsac with a tourist guide, we will see many buildings. City house - Magistrate, unique architecture, whose construction lasted three centuries (from the 18th to the 20th century). "Pharmacy on the steps" - the first pharmacy in Vršac from the 18th century. This baroque building is part of the City Museum, which houses paintings of the famous painter Paja Jovanović, born in Vršac. We continue our walk and find out that the founder of Serbian theater comedy and drama - Jovan Sterija Popović - lived and worked here. After visiting the Patriarchal Palace, the Cathedral Church, and the Vršac Cathedral, we relax in the company of a wine knight in the wine cellar. Today, Vršac has a modern drug factory - Hemofarm, it also has its airport and flight school, its candy factory - Swisslion. Tourists and visitors will be hosted by quality hotels such as Hotel Vršački Breg and Hotel Srbija.
The Bishop's Palace in Vršac is the residence of the Bishop of Banat. It was built in 1750. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful baroque courtyards located in Serbia. It is a cultural monument of exceptional importance. The Cathedral-Church of St. Nicholas was built in the middle of the 18th century and is the oldest and largest Orthodox church in Vrsac. The Cathedral of St. Gerhard, built-in 1863, is the largest Roman Catholic church in Serbia. It is impressive in appearance and dimensions. The height of its towers reaches 63 meters. The church has an organ that still resonates powerfully today. On the hill, Misa, above the city, rises the oldest Catholic church in Banat - the Church of the Holy Cross from 1728. A Chapel was built in honor of St. Roch. The stone Way of the Cross is set in the 18th century. It led to the chapel from the town. In front of the Church of the Holy Cross, there is the most beautiful viewpoint of Vrsac. The Church of Saint Theodore is dedicated to the Bishop of Vršac, Teodor Nestorović. 1594 unofficially raised the first great uprising of the Serbs against the Turks. Under the banner of Saint Sava, the Banat people set out to liberate the lost cities. After a few months, the uprising was quelled and the bishop was captured and brutally killed. Four centuries later, he was proclaimed a saint by the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Romanian Orthodox Church in Vršac from 1913 is dedicated to the Assumption of the Lord. Today, it represents the cathedral for Banat Romanians. They are the most numerous national minority in Banat.
Vršac Tower or Vršac Castle is a symbol of the city. The medieval fortress was built in the 15th century during the reign of the Serbian despot Đurađ Brankovic. Above the town dominates the central tower 20 meters high, which has been completely restored. The Tower is located together with the remains of the ramparts on the Vršac hill at an altitude of 400 meters. It is protected as a cultural monument of exceptional importance.
The Vršac Mountains, better known as the Vršac Hill, are a protected area - a nature park. They rise from the Banat plain with the highest point in Vojvodina - Gudurički peak - 641 meters. Once the islands of the Pannonian Sea, and today the island mountains of a unique position, diverse vegetation, forest ecosystems, beautiful landscapes, and viewpoints. In 2000, the Vršac Mountains became an internationally significant bird habitat in Europe - The IBA (Important Bird Area). Vršac hill is suitable for excursions, walking tours, hunting and fishing, cycling. For those who like extreme sports, the Vršac Mountains are a center for paragliding.
According to an older tradition, the followers of Cyril and Methodius built a monastery in the 11th century. According to another legend, the monastery was built by the monk Arsenije in the 13th century, coming from Mount Athos. Proof that the monastery dates from the 11th century are layers of frescoes dating from the 11th to the 14th century. The monastery was renovated at the end of the 15th century. The founders are despot Jovan Branković and mother Angelina. The monastery was burned and looted in the 16th century with the arrival of the Turks and rebuilt in the 18th century. The monastery church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Today, the Mesić Monastery is a nunnery.
In the vicinity of Vršac, there is another important monastery Malo Središte. It was built during the time of despot Jovan Branković at the end of the 15th century.
The people of Vršac are proud of their wine and vineyards. Viticulture and winemaking are closely related to the history of Vršac. The Vršac vineyards are one of the oldest in Europe. The most famous vineyards and wineries are located in villages Gudurica and Veliko Središte, at the foot of the Vršac Mountains, which we visit during the wine tour. Smaller wineries are located in the city. About 2000 hectares of vineyards are located in Vršac, of which about 1700 hectares are owned by the company "Vršački Vinogradi AD". The cellar of "Vršački Vinogradi AD” is one of the three largest wine cellars in Europe. The most common white grape varieties are Italian Riesling, white Burgundy, Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, Traminer. Black grape varieties are grown Muscat Hamburg, Frankovka, and many others. Grape Festival- Days of Grape Harvest in Vršac are organized every year in September.
Meeting place with a tour guide at the reception of your hotel or the indicated address.
Excursion duration is about 8 hours. Departure at 9 am.
The price depends on the number of persons. The price includes return transfer, tour guide services, and entrance fees.
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