Bermet -- Excellence amongst Serbian wines
SREMSKI KARLOVCI -- Go to Serbia, to Belgrade. Then take the road going North and after about 60 km, stop in a small pictoresque village called Sremski Karlovci. It is the northern province of Vojvodina. It is a place full of history, and one rare pearl of culture for Serbia, with the taste for tradition and the distinctive perfume of basswood. There, everything is self-explainatory: "Bermet" - the special wine; it is one of the first associations when talking about the city.
And there is a reason for it: it is produced exclusively in that area by just a handful of manufacturers. Bermet is one of those wines that deserve special attention, because of its extraordinary history.
For one thing, its name appeared on the wine list of the Titanic. Already popular and appreciated by wine experts around the world, the bill saved in the archives of the Academy of science's (Novi Sad) shows that already about 160 years ago Bermet was exported to the United States on a regular basis, both red and white.
Furthermore, 500 years before the Titanic sunk, the empress Maria Teresa from Hapsburg was known to be very keen on Bermet. The legend has it that she was so fond for it that she reserved the citizens of Sremski Karlovci from the military obligation, allowing them to maintain the tradition of production of her beloved wine. Actually, Bermet was highly appreciated at the Royal Palace in Vienna, with a special regard to White Bermet, which was very popular among the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Paris and the whole France.