The Land of Wine Goddesses
Located in central Serbia 205km from Belgrade, Trstenik is accessible via the Pojate – Kraljevo highway. The town lies at the intersection of the Morava roads which connect this region to Kruševac, Kraljevo, Vrnjačka Banja, Župa and Levča. Trstenik is also accessible via the Stalać – Kraljevo railroad in the Zapadna (Western) Morava River Valley. You can also fly into the town’s small airport.
Trstenik’s strength is in its agricultural viability, and while not culturally notable, it lies in the beautiful, rich and bountiful lands by the Zapadna Morava River Valley. The Morava and the fertile surrounding it, together with ideal climatic and eco conditions, combined to create the characteristics of this region’s rapid development. Before the war, Trstenik had a reputation of being a city of craftsmen, tradesmen and coffeehouse keepers. Following the war, it experienced a flash of economic development coinciding with the country’s overall industrialization.
The construction of the Holy Trinity Church lasted from 1898 to 1900. The church, which is located in the center of Trstenik, was the first church in Serbia built in the Neo-Moravian style. It bears noticeable resemblance to the church of King Milutin in Hilandar. The old town center of Trstenik is one of the most well preserved in Serbia.
The House of Katić, the oldest preserved structure from the mid 19th century, is considered to be one of the most beautiful houses of Moravian Serbia. The house features a national ethno restaurant on the ground level. The Trstenik Museum is renowned for its permanent ethnographic exhibit. The legacy of native artists in Trstenik is valuable for today’s native authors, who will forever bear witness to the feasibility of successful collaboration between economy and culture.
Venture beyond Trstenik and you will discover two medieval monasteries built by two princesses dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God. The 19th century Ljubostinja monastery is renowned for its life-size frescoes of it patrons Tsar Lazar, Princess Milica, and their sons Stefan and Vuk. For centuries, Ljubostinja had been the cultural center of the region. The famous Ode to Tsar Lazar was created here. Jefimija, the first Serbian poet, wove it into silk. The patron tombs of Princess Milica and Jefimija are located inside the church. Jefimija’s Days is a poetry event which takes place at the monastery every year in the second part of June.
The Veluće monastery is the oldest preserved Moravian School monastery. It was once known as Srebrenica after its namesake, the river, and the region rich in silver ore resources (srebro - silver). Even today, you might run across someone in search of gold and silver along the banks of the Srebrenica.
If you are trekking around Trstenik, a visit the vibrant villages in the area is a must! The village of Brezovica along the ridges of the Goč Mountain offers an array of recreational activities. The area has recently become popular for hunting.
The village of Veluće is well known for its excellent roasted pork and lamb. The village features a pristine mineral water spring, whose crystal clear water meets global quality standards. If you would like to see Trstenik by air, head to one of the area’s aero clubs. For more information, visit one of the local tourist organizations.
The municipality of Aleksandrovac is also located in central Serbia. The western part of the municipality lies on the outskirts of the Dinaric mountain range and includes Goč, Željin, and Kopaonik. Grapes and wine are the center of life in this small town. Located in the wine region of Aleksandrovačka župa, the area includes over 22 vineyard settlements devoid of human inhabitants known as poljane, or fields. These settlements are clustered mostly around streams or atop hills. The poljana in Pribojevac once belonged to the vineyards of Tsar Lazar.
The tsar would drink wine from Župa and go on a hunting trip afterwards. Though there are no historical documents to prove it, some believe Tsar Lazar was born near the poljana in Pribojevac. Some of the poljane in Župa, including Lukarevina, now enjoy state protection as unique ethno entities.
Župa has a centuries-old tradition of celebrating the harvesting of grapes as a national holiday. The Župa grape harvesting festivities are held each year in late September to early October. A section of the pedestrian zone in the city center is transformed into Wine Street. With its grape sculpture as the symbol of the birth and the long-lasting duration of Župa, the downtown fountain spouts free wine to visitors during the festivities.
If you are in Trstenik and Aleksandrovac, we recommend:
- A visit to the expansive poljane (fields)
- A visit to the House of Katić in Trstenik
- Tasting grilled pork or lamb in the village of Veluće
Every year, Župa crowns a Wine Goddess as part of its grape harvest festivities.
The idea for the contest came about from the Latin expression: Where there is Bacchus, god of wine, so is Venus, the goddess of Love.
INFORMATIONSTourist Organization of Trstenik Municipality Kneginje Milice Street bb, 37240 Trstenik Tel: +381 37 715 263 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Organization of Aleksandrovac Municipality Street 29. novembra bb, 37230 Aleksandrovac Tel: +381 37 554 404 e-mail: email@example.com www.aleksandrovac.co.yu