The country’s wine giant is a company called Tikveš. Tikves winery is owned by M6, a Macedonian investment group whose portfolio includes joint ventures with international corporations such as Coca Cola, Heineken, Amstel, and McDonald’s. Its members have extensive experience in the beverage industry. Tikveš Winery ranks as the leading wine company in Macedonia with a production output of over 3.500 hectares of controlled grapevines, as well as 500 hectares of their own vineyards situated in the Tikveš region. They produce more than 20 million bottles per year. Located in Kavadarci, the winery currently employs 350 people. It has a diverse product portfolio of still wines with principal varieties being the local Vranec, Temjanika and Smederevka, as well as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Traminer and Riesling. There is also a production of distilled wine-based spirits, sparkling wines and non-alcoholic beverages.
Lately, there has been an invasion of self-supporting producers, specialising in up-market wines. One of the most famous is Chateau Kamnik, a winery located in the capital city Skopje. This winery is part of the well-known restaurant Kamnik, which is perceived as being the favorite place of the diplomatic corps, as well as foreign business entrepreneurs and cultural, political, and sporting delegations that pay official visits to the country. Along with the traditional Macedonian cuisine, the restaurant serves some of the highest-quality red and white wines in the country. According to Ilija Malinkovski, the owner of the winery, the first Chateau Kamnik wines were produced in 2004 by him and his partner Goran Milanov. The latter is the only person in the country with a PhD in enology and is currently the director of the local Wine Institute.