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The vine - and wine - growing Crmnica valley is situated at the warm south of Montenegro, between the Adriatic Sea and Lake Skadar, and is characterised by the mild Mediterranean climate and light precipitation during the period of grape ripening.
The vineyards of Sjekloca Winery spread along hillside terraces, on the warmer southern slopes of the village of Limljani, at the altitude of 30 - 40 metres above the sea. The soil is poor and porous and with low water - retention, and the small dark - coloured stones in it absorb the sun's heat during the day and emit it during the night, thus facilitating the ripening of the grapes.
During the ripening stage the vineyards are covered with nets to protect the plants and fruits from high temperatures while keeping the day's warmth and reducing the harmful effects of dew or possible hail. The planting density is 5000 vine - stocks per hectare. The selective harvest is done exclusively by hand at the time of the ideal ripeness of the fruits.
To produce a good wine is the wish of everyone who is seriously in this business. But there is a long way from a wish to its realisation. Wine is a reflection of a climate, that is of everything that happens under the 'segment of the sky' where it is produced. It is based on a double connection: on the one hand, there is nature, on the other, the man who produces the wine with patience, skill and love, which he can bestow on the wine.
Those to whom wine is not just an ordinary drink, who recognise in it the depths of human history and the polysemic and multi - layered nature of it as one of the oldest symbols of human civilisation, those in whom the colour, the 'nose' and the sensations of wine can evoke memories of dear people, paths taken, faces met and landscapes walked along in this 'short time without account', those drinking the premium cru Sjekloća wine will see behind it a man with all his ideals, who loves Montenegro, who adores his 1.5 hectares of vineyard as much as his wife and children.
The Sjekloca family's winery/cellar is located 30 km from Podgorica, Budva and Bar, in the rural area of Crmnica. It makes an ideal place of retreat from urban life. Along the way to the facility one will enjoy the natural beauties of Lake Skadar National Park and the specific geographic features of Crmnica itself. Once you arrive at the Sjekloca Wine - Growing Estate, you will find yourself in a somewhat forgotten corner of the world in which soil, grapevine and man are tied by primordial bonds. You will experience true pleasure in this cellar tasting the first - class wine 'Vranac' and enjoying in its unique bouquet. And after swirling the wine in your glass, you will actually see Bacchus's (Dionysus) tears flowing down the bowl.
Golden medals for quality won at international competitions verify the continuing quality of the Sjekloća Winery products. All of the prized wines are well positioned on the market and are also available in the cellar. Those represent that Sjekloca family does not prepare the wine with the aim of winning medals; they make it with love to offer their customers fine quality wines.
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