Max Mavrud wine/ A nobel savor from Leskovik
January 27, 2023 || views
Did you know that Leskovik used to be a “country of nobles”? With houses where the rich men of Korça used to spend their summers, with natural thermal waters where ladies use to come and “beautified”? With endless vineyards? Leskovik of the characteristic instruments, of beautiful nature, of natural wellness of Sarandapor, of wonderful climate, of springs with crystal water, of masters of wood and stone, has had a period of splendor and prosperity that will hardly ever be repeated.
But never say never, and if this shiness didn’t come back for all the qualities that Leskovik once had, there are some glittering bubbles that have not only returned but have taken on the value of pearls. Or rather let’s say red rubies.
Yes, because we are talking about the vineyards, which once made Leskovik famous countrywide, producing high quality wine “only for gentlemen”. Today, those vineyards have come to life thanks to Max and Diana, who didn`t want to forget their origins, who came and reawakened the forgotten vineyards, brought back their former magic, pruned them and brought out new buds, and today, in a full 16 hectares, one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Southeast of Albania unfolds, as in those paintings of the European Renaissance, after the idyllic background is created, a beautiful fairytale lodge is placed by hand, to make the picture perfect.
Do you know what the special variety of Leskovik is? There is only one and it is called Mavrud, although for wine lovers, who “have a clue” from the cultivars, we must say that the vineyard cultivates white and black Debina, Merlot, Pinot, etc.
And since the wine is poetry, Leskovik’s Mavrud can be called lucky that to make it once again a “famous worldwide” wine, it was Max, who came, gave to it such a beautiful literary figure as alliteration, to present it around the world with the beautiful brand name “Max Mavrud” that sings as a name and dances as a taste.
It’s hard to talk about wine without feeling a little poetic, but the nature that surrounds Max Mavrud‘s vineyards makes the poetic plan even simpler.
And to make the hospitality more impressive, the winery has already turned into a wonderful agro-tourism lodge, where the wine is exalted in taste, accompanied by products of the area, local cooking, garden fruits, hand-picked grape varieties. And who can compete the cuisine of Kolonja?
Although when we talk with Flori, he speaks simply about the deep red, a harmonious blend, a combination of red cultivars such as Mavrud and Merlot or Pinot and Merlot, we feel such a sincere love in his words as only the love for the wine can be.
Today, Max Mavrud has without a doubt returned the shine to Leskovik with his refinement, with the aristocratic taste as in the past, with the hospitality and love for the country of origin, that just as Max returned to revive the vineyards, so it takes you back in time, to that golden time when Leskovik of the popular band of mandolins, when Hafize e Asllan, were mentioned throughout Albania, Ioania and Istanbul, for their rare voice and virtuous playing, music for the soul and taste for the heart. Like the red wine of Leskovik.
A powerful red wine from the Leskovik area! Max Mavrud winery is located in the mountainous area in south-east Albania in Leskovik.
Currently the winery produce a type of red wine, a harmonious blend, a combination of red cultivars such as Mavrud and Merlot or Pinot and Merlot.
The average load of vineyard varies from 50 to 60 kw per hectare, an average of 1.4 kg of grapes per vine.
The winery vineyards are cultivated in mountainous terrain at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level in the south with a very suitable position facing the sun.The land Ph is at 6.8.
We have started with 16 hectares of vineyards but aim to grow more.. Vineyards cultivars are Mavrud, Merlot, Pinot Noir, White and Black Debine, Pearl.
Currently 4 hectares are with Mavrud, Merlot and Pinot Black for the production of red wine and 2 hectares with the White and Black Debina, and Pearl are for the production of brandy and the famous Raki.
In the period of optimum ripeness of grapes the averages percentage of sugar is 23 % Brix, expressed in average 13.5% alcohol by volume.
Mavrud varieties, Merlot and Pinot cultivated during the communist regime in the 1980s in the Leskovik area in the height 900 meters above sea level resisted very well to this climate giving excellent results.
During the 1990s, with the collapse of the dictatorship and many vineyards in Leskovik countrywide were destroyed.
Family Max Mavrud invested in this area to give again an identity that is recognized internationally choosing precisely those indigenous varieties such as White and Black Debinë.