Vranac is an ancient Serb variety of grape that is indigenous to the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. As it is a local specialty and due to its localised geography, it produces a dry red wine of a unique taste and character that is synonymous with the Balkans. Vranac berries are large and deeply coloured, with its dark berries growing on moderately vigorous and very productive vines. The fruit is harvested by hand. Depending on the area, this harvest can begin from mid-September and continue into October.
The word Vranac means strong black and powerful horse (black stallion), and wine made from this variety of grape is associated with strength, potency, and success. Vran also means raven coloured or black; red wine is also known as black wine in many South Slavic languages.