This landlocked Balkan country, due north of Greece, makes some very impressive wines. It isn’t to be confused with the nearby Greek province of Macedonia so is correctly called the ‘Republic of Macedonia’. It’s a large and ancient wine producer, particularly of red, and the local grape variety, Vranec, is rich and full-flavoured. Most wine production is in the middle of the country in the Vardar River Valley, also home to the capital Skopje. Production in the hilly west and mountainous east of the country is on a smaller scale.