Air Serbia has won the highly coveted Silver award in the “Best White Wine International Business Class” category in Global Traveler’s annual Wines on the Wing airline wine competition.
The Serbian national airline impressed judges with the Radovanović 2013 Chardonnay Selekcija served onboard its transatlantic flights between Belgrade and New York, which was selected through a blind tasting by 21 judges from 25 countries that took place in New York.
The Chardonnay Selekcija is a full-bodied and well-balanced dry white wine with notes of citrus and ripe apricot which is aged in oak barrels for one year.
It is produced by the family-owned Radovanović winery, which was established in 1990 in the heart of the fertile Šumadija region in Serbia.
Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “We are thrilled that Global Traveler has recognised the quality of the Radovanović chardonnay available on our New York flights.
“Our service revolves around offering guests a taste of Serbian culture and as such we are very proud to have a well-stocked cellar of premium Serbian wines.
“From the vineyards of Šumadija to Vršac and Fruška Gora, Serbia has many world-class winemaking regions that have yet to receive the global recognition they deserve, which makes this Global Traveler award so meaningful.”
Miodrag Radovanović, owner of the Radovanović winery, said: “When we established Radovanović 27 years ago, our goal was to place Serbian viticulture on the world stage, and winning the Silver award from Global Traveler brings us one step closer in realizing that vision.
“2013 was an exceptional vintage for our Chardonnay Selekcija and we are very pleased that the judges noticed and appreciated the quality of the wine.
“We have forged a strong partnership with Air Serbia and are glad to work together to introduce travellers to Serbian wines and increase awareness of Serbia’s winemaking tradition as a whole.”