Tikves Wines

Wine from Eastern Europe is on the cusp of being the next big thing. All the elements are there: an ancient grape-growing tradition, great terroirs, indigenous varieties, new investment, and a youthful generation of farmers and winemakers who came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before this epic event, wine in Eastern Europe was mainly a bulk product from frightfully high yields resulting in quality on par with Yugo or Trabant.

Founded in 1885, Tikveš Winery has witnessed the independence of the Balkans, two world wars and one cold one, yet through it all they have continued to make wines from grapes native to the region: RKaticeli, Kratosija, Vranec and Plavec. With the fall of communism and independence of Macedonia this historic estate was privatized and new investments were made to update the practices in the vineyard and cellar. Sustainable farming has replaced industrial farming, yields have been lowered and indigenous varieties have been preserved. With the assistance of Philippe Cambie, they have modernized their cellar practices by utilizing temperature-controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging.

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Tikves Wines 'Bela Voda' Red Blend 2016
Winery Notes“The blend Vranec and Plavec. This terroir wine comes from the Bela Voda region which is composed of clay soils enjoying soft Mediterranean climate. As a blend of the Vranec and Plavec varieties, this wine exhibits cocoa and wild black fruit aromas as well as a rich fruity structure.”
Item Number: 32732

Tikves Wines Special Selection Vranec 2015
90  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 90 “A smoking value as well as a custom blend by importer Eric Solomon and consultant Philippe Cambie, the 2015 Vranec Special Selection Old Vines is inky colored and offers a ripe, Paso Robles Zinfandel-like profile in its plum, spice, tobacco and earth-laced bouquet. Rounded, supple,
Item Number: 32254
Case: $107.40

Tikves Wines 'Barovo' Red Blend 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89-91 "Coming from a higher elevation parcel, the 2015 Macedonia Barovo is another inky colored effort from this estate that’s made from equal parts Kratosija and Vranec. Aged in 75% new barrels, it offers power, blockbuster styled notes of black raspberries, jammy blackberries,
Item Number: 31967
Case: $215.40

Tikves Wines 'Barovo' Red Blend 2013
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88-90 “The 2013 Barovo is another inky-colored, ripe and hedonistic wine that’s a blend of Kratosija and Vranec (both varieties are native to Macedonia). Completely destemmed and aged in 75% new barrels, it has a textured, medium-bodied, beautifully pure style on the palate, as well

Tikves Wines 'Bela Voda' Red Blend 2015
92  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 92 "The saturated purple colored 2015 Belavoda is made from 50% Plavec and 50% Vranec aged in 75% new French oak. It offers loads of blueberries and jammy blackberry fruits as well as notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers, full-bodied richness, present, yet polished tannin, and a

Tikves Wines Special Selection Vranec 2013
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The inky-colored 2013 Vranac Special Selection (100% Vranac, which is the local grape of Macedonia) offers upfront, voluptuous levels of black raspberry, plum, violets and spring flowers. Full-bodied, decadent and a borderline big fruit bomb, it nevertheless has fabulous purity of

Tikves Wines 'Bela Voda' Red Blend 2013
Dark fruit good finish, integrated tannin structure. A steal at 20 dollars. This wine is from Macedonia and made from a premier wine maker named Phillip Cambie.

Tikves Wines Special Selection Vranec 2010
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Made by consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, who has been telling me for years, 'Wait until you taste my wines from Macedonia,' this 100% Vranec (an indigenous varietal) reveals a high quality California Zinfandel-like, briery, raspberry, earthy, peppery fruit character as well

Tikves Wines 'Barovo' Red Blend 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-93 "Tasted as a barrel sample and coming from higher-elevation vineyards, the 2012 Barovo is made from 60% Vranac and 40% Kratosija (another local variety) and was aged 15 months in 70% new and one-year-old barrels and 30% in concrete tank. What should be another smoking value from

Tikves Wines 'Bela Voda' Red Blend 2012
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 “Lastly, and still in barrel, the 2012 Bela Voda tastes like a top-quality Zinfandel from California with its briar, plum, licorice and underbrush-driven aromas and flavors. A blend of 50% Vranac and 50% Plavac that spent 15 months in 30% concrete tanks and 70% in new and

Tikves Wines 'Barovo' Red Blend 2011
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2011 Barovo is a blend of 65% Kratosija and 35% Vranec (both indigenous grape varieties) that was aged half in new barrels and half in concrete tank. Coming from vineyards lying at 1700 meters and inky black in color, it offers decadent aromas and flavors of blackcurrants,

Tikves Wines 'Bela Voda' Red Blend 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Looking at their upper-tier cuvee, which comes from a warmer, slightly lower elevation vineyard, the 2011 Bela Voda (a 50/50 blend of Vranec and Plavec) offers a beautifully complete profile, with classy aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and floral nuances

Tikves Wines Barovo 2010
"From Macedonia-two outstanding wines imported by Eric Solomon-both 2010s...the Tikves Barovo made from Vranec and Kratuchia-seriously rich, complex and possibly age-worthy..." ~Robert Parker

Tikves Wines Special Selection Vranec 2011
86  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 86 "The 2011 Vranec Special Selection, 100% Vranec aged in stainless steel for four to six months, exhibits notes of tomato skins, bouquet garni, raspberries and sweet and sour cherries. Medium-bodied and spicy with a narrow finish, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years. It is

Tikves Bela Voda 2010
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94"From Macedonia–two outstanding wines imported by Eric Solomon–both 2010s. A wine I gave an amazing 94–the Tikves Belavoda–made from Plavec Malic and Vranec. Tasted them with their consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie at his lab. Truly worth tasting."