Stanushina originates from the Tikves wine district where it is mostly widespread. Be¬fore the appearance of phylloxera, it was the main variety in this region and it characterized the sort of strong, red, Tikves wines. Despite in Tikves distict, it was also grown in Ohrid, Bitola and other wine districts in Macedonia, but in limited areas.
The main feature of this variety is its durability. There was a period in the past when it was about to become extinct because no one paid it any attention, but it survived. The tendency of international varieties in the past, on a higher level destructed the ex¬istence of this Macedonian variety. Today, the Stanushina finally receives all the attention it deserved.
The cluster is of medium size, cylindrical shape and usually without wings. The berry is round and medium-sized. The skin is dark blue, with tiny rusty spots, around which the unwaxed rings are formed, which is a dis¬tinctive sign for the variety.
October is the ripening month in the Tikves district. The vine has got straight and strong vine sprouts that enable the growth without supporting construction. It is highly resistant to drought which is con¬sidered as a positive feature. The grapes require special attention and serious commitment. On a good vintage, it can produce a wine with mean strengths of 11 to 12 percent alcohol.
The wine has an intense aroma of strawberry, raspberry, and the fruity notes are best enjoyed when the wine is consumed young at 10 to 16°C. It’s an excellent choice to combine it with light and creamy puddings. The main features of the wine are mostly expressed when served with lettuce, sarma (Balkan dish), stuffed bell peppers or some light dishes.