Smederevo Autumn

Smederevo Autumn

Tame landscape above mighty Danube has provided perfect conditions for fruit production ever since humans settled in the Danube valley. According to scarce documentation first agricultural exhibition in Smederevo was held in 1898 which makes this event one of the oldest, if not the oldest of its kind in Serbia. More than a century long tradition turned this event into cultural festival and a tourist attraction.

Smederevo was also final stronghold of medieval Serbia when Turks finally conquered it in 1459. Every year, visitors can enjoy medieval procession led by Despot Djuradj and his wife Jerina commemorating this episode from Serbian history. The main festival venue, Smederevo Fortress still testifies about the final effort of Serbian nation to resist Turkish advancements towards Europe.

Eventually region became known for its wines. Since medieval times in the region of Smederevo, quality white wine of pleasant and refreshing taste has been produced from autochthonous Smederevka sort. Italian Riesling and Sauvignon are also cultivated besides Smederevka. As far as red vines are concerned, Gamet prevails while Prokupac sort yields rose. Chardonnay, Rhein Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon cultivated around Smederevo are listed in the top echelon of the Serbian wines.

Last but not least, Obrenovic dynasty founder, Prince Milos bought more than 30 acres of property on a beautiful hill just outside Smederevo. He planted royal vineyard while his son added summer house and a small horse farm. Royal villa “Golden Hill” got its final appearance during King Aleksandar’s reign. Allegedly, this is where last Obrenovic royal couple fell in love and it will be opened for visitors during Smederevo Autumn festival.