Tvrdos Monastery Cellars

15th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery and wine cellar

Product ID: 52220
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15th century winemaking monastery in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Tvrdos Serbian Orthodox monastery is dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and was built upon the stone formations of conse along the right side of the banks of the Trebisnjica River and was established during the 15th century, with a cathedral constructed around 1508 and painted with murals by Vicko Lavrov from Dubrovnik in 1517. The monastery remained a seat of the Metropolitans of Herzegovina until the Venetian Empire destroyed it in 1694. The current monastery building was constructed in 1924. 
In the dark times after the collapse of the medieval Serbian state, Serbian monks in monasteries preserved the seed of the Serbian spirituality and culture, and the tradition of Serbian winemaking. 
The greatest credit for the transfer of knowledge on grapevine growing and producing wine belongs to monasticism. Many famous wine houses of France, Italy, Spain and Germany were established at the old monastic estates or as the successors of their tradition. A number of Serbian monasteries saved the winemaking reputation to this day: Visoki Decani, Ljubostinja, Tvrdoš.
Ten years ago, the monks of the monastery Tvrdoš started...

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15th century winemaking monastery in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Tvrdos Serbian Orthodox monastery is dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and was built upon the stone formations of conse along the right side of the banks of the Trebisnjica River and was established during the 15th century, with a cathedral constructed around 1508 and painted with murals by Vicko Lavrov from Dubrovnik in 1517. The monastery remained a seat of the Metropolitans of Herzegovina until the Venetian Empire destroyed it in 1694. The current monastery building was constructed in 1924. 
In the dark times after the collapse of the medieval Serbian state, Serbian monks in monasteries preserved the seed of the Serbian spirituality and culture, and the tradition of Serbian winemaking. 
The greatest credit for the transfer of knowledge on grapevine growing and producing wine belongs to monasticism. Many famous wine houses of France, Italy, Spain and Germany were established at the old monastic estates or as the successors of their tradition. A number of Serbian monasteries saved the winemaking reputation to this day: Visoki Decani, Ljubostinja, Tvrdoš.
Ten years ago, the monks of the monastery Tvrdoš started a new chapter in the story of the monastic winemaking in the country. They took care of the grapevine in the Trebinje field, where the old plantations of the Vranac are located on 70 hectares of land and even built 60 hectares of young vineyards in the Popovo field.
Toda the monastery is renowned for its wine production (in particular from the local Vranac and Žilavka grape varieties) and its wine cellars. Cormorant matures in an old stone cellar from the 15th century, in hundred-year-old oak barrels. Only ten meters away, next to the Trebisnjica, a new cellar is dug, equipped with the latest technology, but perfectly integrated into the existing complex. 
Modern technological solutions include a gravitational transport of wine during processing, enabled by height differences between different levels of cellars.
Recently, at the international wine and food festival New Paltz Wine and Food Festival, Tvrdos' white wine 'Zilavka' was awarded the Double Gold Medal in the category of white wines produced from indigenous grape, while the red wine Merlot conse 'Closet' was awarded a gold medal in the category of red wines produced from Merlot grape. Tvrdos has also received other prestigious international awards such as Decanter World Wine Awards and Mundus Vini.
Visitors can enjoy tours of the monastery and wine cellars and enjoy wine tastings of award-winning wines.

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Seasonal Activity

All year

Languages
English, Serbian
Opening Hours
Winter: Mon - Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Summer: Mon - Sat: 9.00 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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St conse bb 89101 Trebinje, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Highlights
  • 15th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery
  • Award-winning wines
  • Wine tastings
  • Two wine cellars
Nearby
  • City of Trebinje
Grape varieties
  • Vranac
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Zilavka
  • Chardonnay 
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