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Tvrdoš Monastery

The famous Tvrdoš monastery, located about five kilometers from Trebinje, dates back to the Middle Ages, and is believed to have been founded by Emperor Saint Constantine and his mother Saint Jelena. Tvrdoš Monastery is known for its wine production and its wine cellars, with the possibility of wine tasting.

Tvrdoš Monastery is located on the right bank of the Trebišnjica River, 5 km west of Trebinje. It was built on the foundations of a church from the 4th century and is one of the oldest cultural and historical monuments in the Republika Srpska. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Tvrdoš was the seat of the Metropolitanate of Hum and Herzegovina, that is, Trebinje. During the Turkish-Venetian war, the monastery was destroyed, and part of the relics were transferred to the Savina monastery (Herceg Novi) and the Duži monastery, from where the hand of the holy queen Jelena of Anžuvinska, mother of kings Milutin and Dragutin, was moved to Tvrdoš in 1992.

The monastery is also known for the fact that St. Vasilije Ostroški received the monastic and priestly rank there, after which he served for a time as parish priest of Popovopolj. That is why Saint Vasilije is also called Ostroški and Tvrdoški. The renovation of the monastery began in 1955, when the entire monastery complex was renovated. The special feature of the interior of today's church is the glass floor, which represents a kind of "window into the past" through which the foundations of the church from the 4th century can be seen. The long tradition of wine production, the beginnings of which go back to the 15th century, is successfully maintained by the monastery even today thanks to restored vineyards, a wine cellar and a modern winery.

Wine tasting in Tvrdoš monastery

In the dark times of the Middle Ages, monks preserved their spirituality and culture in monasteries, as well as the tradition of wine production. The Tvrdoš Winery, as in the whole of Europe, has the greatest merit for imparting knowledge about grapevine cultivation and winemaking. Dry stone, the river Trebišnjica, as well as winds with the scent of sage, heather with Mediterranean herbs, honey and lemon, reveal the strength and mystery of Tvrdoš wine. "Finding a good wine is like finding a great treasure, and when you find a treasure, you just have to be careful who you share it with". Discover the secret of Tvrdoš wine.

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