About Bovin Winery

The beginnings

Bovin Winery is the first privately build winery in Macedonia. The company was established in 1998, the year when 120.000 bottles of high quality white and red wines were produced. It is these wines which Bovin was represented by on 1999 and 2000 at Agro-Expo Fair in Skopje where “Venus” earned the Champion title in the category of red wines, whereas all other wines were awarded gold medals. Bovin continued to be 7 years Champion for the red wines at the “Agro-Expo Fair 2001, 2002 and 2003” in Skopje with the wine “Dissan” and 2004, 2005 with the wine ”Daron”. This was greatest award on the fair and another prove of the quality of Bovin wines. Bovin Winery also took part from 1999 – 2003 at the Belgrade fair “World of Wine” winning grand gold medals and gold medals, thus becoming the overall winner of the Fair. The Winery achieved its highest success at the “Food and Wine” Fair 2000  in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the wine “Pinot Noir” was proclaimed absolute winner – Grand Prix in competition of more than 650 types of wines from France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, California, South Africa and others.


The Winery produced 250.000 bottles of white and red wines in 1999 to double it at 500,000 bottles in 2000 and has continually grown to reach an overall annual output of 1 million bottles of wine. Under the direction of the Winery’s professional management team, this ambitious objective was reached in 2001. Constantly trying to improve and innovate Bovin winery has invested in new wine equipment and new fermentation tanks. Today the total capacity of Bovin winery is 1.5 milion bottles of wine.


Bovin winery is a private company owned by the brothers Kiril and Gjorgji Bogevski.


Bovin’s quality driven strategy of targeting the domestic market’s high-end consumers has paid the dividend of increasing the exports. Out of the entire quantities of wine produced in 1998, 80% were sold on the home market and 20% were exported, whereas out of the quantities of wine produced from the 2003 crop 45% were sold on the domestic marked and 55% exported to foreign markets. This was clearly an indication of the upward export trend and in 2011 the export has reached 75% from the sales and the 25% sales on the domestic market was more than the 80% in the 1999. Today Bovin wines are found on 5 continents in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia in totally 36 countries. More details about where to find Bovin wines go to Distribution.


Bovin wines are produced 80% from grapes picked from its own vineyards and 20% from selected vine plantations with the use of environmentally friendly vineyard practices that are protected only once or twice at most during vegetation. This coupled with carefully controlled fermentation and Bovin production style with modern production equipment, makes Bovin wines among the most exclusive and highly valued wines in the Republic of Macedonia.

Approximately 70% of the production is red wine and 30% is white wine. All the wines are of high quality and are sold only in bottles of 0,75l and also some wines are bottled in 0,25l and 0,187l.

Bovin wines can be categorized in Classic, Superior, Premium and Dessert wines.

Classic red wines are the varietals Vranec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and the blends Alexandar and Venus.

Classic white wines are the varietals Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Riesling, Muscat Temjanika, Traminec, Dissan White and the blend Symphony.

Classic rose wine is the blend Ana Marija.

Superior wines are the varietals Cabernet Sauvignon Superior, Merlot Superior, Syrah-Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Kleopatra and the blend Daron.

Premium wines are the varietals Imperator and the barrique wines Dissan Barrique, Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique and Merlot Barrique from the reds and and Chardonnay Barrique from the white wines.

Dessert wines are the varietals Traminec Late Harvest a white and Vranec Late Harvest a red wine and also the blend Premier a red wine.

Besides wine, Bovin also produces 3 brandies – Bovin Natural Yellow Grape Brandy, Sv. Trifun Fine Rakija, Sv. Trifun Premium Rakija, a Cherry Brandy – Visnovka and a Wine Cooler “3”.

For more details about Bovin products please go to Products.


The number of employees in Bovin is 40 and, when required, another 10-20 are hired as seasonal workers.

Our Vineyards

Bovin owns 60 hectares of prime vineyards in Tikvesh wine district. The Tikvesh district has approximately 11,000 ha of grapes, which represents about one third of the total vineyard area of Macedonia. It is the driest area of Balkan Peninsula with a total annual temperature of 5300ºC – 5500ºC and rainfall of 500-600 liters per square meter. The maximum daily temperature during July and August is regularly around 40ºC. With a deep plowing layer, the rich soils supply the grapes with a constant supply of water. Gentile north winds provide natural protection to the grapes. The Negotino wine region, which is part of the Tikves wine region, has around 5000 hectares of vineyards, and around 2000 hectares of those vineyards are with the grape variety Vranec. The altitude of the vineyards in this region is mostly between 100 meters and 450 meters, but in some places can reach up to 600 meters. Most of the soil types are Rendzina (humus- carbonate), then Smolnik, Diluvium and insignificantly Alluvium.

Bovin vineyards are situated in the locality Lepovo just 6.5 km from Bovin winery at altitude of 350m and with grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon 11.3ha, Merlot 11.3ha, Vranec 13ha, Cabernet Franc 2.4ha, Shiraz 2.7ha, Sangiovese 1.6ha, Petit Verdot 2ha and Tempranillo 1.1ha from the reds and Chardonnay 4.1ha, Muscat Temjanika 3.3ha and Pink Traminer 1.6ha from the white grapes. Bovin winery also has Plums 0.9ha and Sour Cherries 0.7ha.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted in 2000, Vranec, Pink Traminer and Shiraz are planted in 2005, and Chardonnay, Muscat Temjanika, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot are planted in 2007. With the use of environmentally friendly practices, Bovin produces the finest grapes in Macedonia.



Entrepreneur of the year 2007 for small enterprises

For the first time in 2007 in Republic of Macedonia was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year – 2007”. Election of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year – 2007 “was made based on data from the Central Register of Macedonia. 320 micro and small enterprises in the period from 2004 to 2006, have employed more than 5 people, four times have increased their revenues and have invested 5 billion denars of its investments. Out of the 320 entrepreneurs, the first award in the small business was received by Kiril and Gjorgji Bogevski, owners of Bovin winery.


Top ex-Yu wineries

The publication Best wineries in ex-Yu is a unique regional project, the first of its kind in the former Yugoslavia, in which the magazine Wine Style presented the best wineries from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, by its own selection. The book contains luxurious publications of exclusive photos, stories about all selected wineries and interviews with their owners and winemakers and expert descriptions of their best wines. Bovin winery was included in both first and second issue of the book.

Top 50 wineries in ex-Yu (2010)

Top ex-Yu wineries (2015)

Wine Awards

Bovin winery has over 100 regional and international awards that show the quality of the wines. Here are listed some of the most important achievements.


Copenhagen 2000 – Denmark

At the beginning the winery’s most important achievement include the award won at the 2000 “Food and Wine” Fair in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the Pinot Noir was proclaimed absolute winner-Grand Prix in competition with wines from around the globe.

1 Grand Prix (Pinot Noir)


Agro-Expo – Skopje

Bovin has been honored with 67 medals in Macedonia’s premiere competition, AgroExpo (Skomesa) Skopje, including the most valuable prize – CHAMPION, for the last 7 years. Since 2005 this competition is no longer organized.

7 Champions 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 (Venus, Dissan, Daron)


Chardonnay du Monde – France

Another significant prize Bovin won was Bronze Medal for Bovin`s Wine Chardonnay 2002 among 1167 samples of Chardonnay Wines from 37 countries at the World competition ”Chardonnay of the World” held in France, at Chateau des Ravatys in Burgundy from 13-17 March 2003. This was considered a great challenge for us to improve the quality of our white wines.

Chardonnay from Bovin was also awarded silver medals the years afterwards. Here are all the medals from the same competition.

4 Silver medals (Chardonnay 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015)

6 Bronze medals (Chardonnay 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013)


Vinoskop – Macedonia

2 Grand Pri (Chardonnay 2007, Vranec 2007)


IWC – International Wine Challenge – London, UK

1 Gold Medal (Alexandar 2008)

2 Silver Medals (My Way 2011, Era 2012)

6 Bronze Medals
(Alexandar 2009, 2012, Cabernet Franc 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Imperator 2012, Vranec 2008)

10 Commended awards
Chardonnay 2014, Dissan 2010, Imperator 2008, 2012, Merlot Barrique 2008, Muscat Temjanika 2012, Symphony 2010, Alexandar 2001, Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, Daron 2002)


CIDC – Concours International Des Cabernets – Paris, France

2 Gold Medals
(Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2009, Cabernet Sauvignon Superior 2009)


Premium Select Wine Challenge ProWein, Germany

1 Gold Medal (Imperator 2012)

8 Silver Medals
(Alexandar 2005, 2010, 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2009, Chardonnay 2013, Dissan 2010, Sauvignon 2012, Sv. Trifun Premium Rakija)


Mundus Vini – Germany

1 Silver Medal (Symphony 2012)


Slovenian Wine Festival 2013 – Slovenia, Ljubljana

1 Festival Champion (Imperator 2011)

1 Red Wines Trophy (Imperator 2011)


Decanter – UK

1 Bronze Medal (Alexandar 2012)


Vyno Dienos – Lithuania

1 Best Red Wine
(Imperator 2012)

10 Gold Medals
(Alexandar 2008, 2009 2010, Dissan 2008, 2010, Imperator 2011, Merlot 2009, Venus 2008, 2009, Vranec Late Harvest 2010)

11 Silver Medals
(Merlot 2010, 2011, Chardonnay 2010, 2012, 2013, Daron 2009, Dissan 2011, Petit Verdot 2010, Shiraz 2010, Traminec 2010, Vranec 2010

3 Bronze Medals
(Ana Marija 2011, Muscat Temjanika 2010, Shiraz 2008)


Royal Wine Challenge

1 Great Gold Medal (Alexandar 2008)

3 Gold Medals (Alexandar 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Dissan 2008)

1 Silver Medal (Imperator 2008)


Vinovita – Croatia

6 Gold Medals
(Dissan 2008, Imperator 2008, Merlot 2004, 2007, 2008, Vranec 2008)

6 Silver Medals
Alexandar 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Chardonnay 2010, Imperator 2009, Shiraz 2009, Vranec 2009)


Izlozba Vina Kontinentalne Hrvatske , Croatia

1 Gold Medal (Alexandar 2011)

1 Silver Medal (Vranec 2012)


Mosla Vina, Croatia

4 Gold Medals (Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Kleopotra 2010, Riesling 2012, Vranec 2012)

2 Silver Medals (Petit Verdot 2010, Tempranillo 2010)


Interwine China – China, Guangzhou

1 Gold Medal – Best Value Wine (Dissan 2010)


Hong Kong International Wine Challenge, Hong Kong

1 Bronze Medal (Venus 2000)


Vino Slovenija Gornja Ragona – Slovenia

1 Gold Medal (Merlot 2004)