There are so many wine regions to explore beyond the ones that are household names.
The Republic of North Macedonia (sometimes called the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or FYROM) is an unexplored spot on the map for many tourists. It sits just above Greece and in the general area referred to as the Balkans. If anyone has heard of it, they probably lump it into the war-torn countries of the Balkan War. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of all the countries in the world, this is one of the ones that surprised us the most.
Roughly parallel to Italy, North Macedonia enjoys the Mediterranean climate without the coastline. That means it has a fantastic wine producing region and incredible food. Lake Ohrid is a majestic body of water and the towns that cling to its shores are well worth a lengthy visit. The quirky capital of Skopje has generated significant interest for its redevelopment plans. We found the Republic of North Macedonia to be an incredibly welcoming country and a nice (and economical) place to explore in Europe.