Rich in tannin, the Syrah variety is a chal¬lenge for the best Macedonian wine makers. The wine that comes out of this variety needs quite some time and energy to show all of its elegance, luxuriance and greatness. In Macedonia, it is successfully grown in Skopje, Tikves, Strumica–Radovish and Gevgelija–Valandovo wine districts, with a ten¬dency of spreading due to the greater inter¬est for this variety.

It ripens towards the end of September in the Skopje vineyards. This abundant variety has got great vegetative expansion. In Macedo¬nia, the best results are gained from regions that have warm, but not too dry climate and well-lighted expositions.

The wine is characterized by ruby red colour, full of extracts, powerful body and alcohol, and with expressed tannin. The aroma of reddish forest fruits and chocolate with a hint of black pepper is typical for Syrah wine made in Macedonia.