Kurjak Winery (Vinarija Kurjak) in Sremski Karlovci is a treasure of the Pavlović family, and it is one of those that got its name from the family nickname, or as the residents of Karlovci say, “Spitzname” (nickname). The Pavlovićs remember data on the wine tradition of their ancestors, which dates back to 1850. However, a special place belongs to great-grandparents, Sava and Marija Pavlović, who intensified the production of grapes and wine.
Visitors first notice their framed photo-portraits when they enter the wine cellar of the Kurjak Winery. Grandfather Lazar and father Sava later contributed to the development and survival of the winery, and today it is run and modernized by brothers Lazar and Jovan Pavlović, who is also its formal owner.
The family vineyards are located on the Ešikovac and Bocka stretches, and for the latter, where only one other vineyard is owned by the Department of Fruit Growing and Viticulture of the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, the Pavlovićs believe that it is exceptional for growing grapes. The assortment of grapes they have chosen consists of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Vranac, Merlot, Muscat Hamburg, Italian Riesling, Neoplanta, Chardonnay and Sila.
The wines on offer are: Neoplanta, Italian Riesling, Chardonnay, Sila, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bermet (white and red) and Kurjakovo Crno (blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). All of these are drinkable wines made in the traditional way, and in addition to the blend, there are also pure wines. White wines have fresh, recognizable aromas and odour, and red and rosé have the fullness and quality typical of the Fruška Gora terroir. Here, too, the circumstance is proven that the love for viticulture and wine, diligent work and dedication give good results, but also the fact that without modern knowledge applied by Jovan Pavlović, a graduate engineer of fruit growing and viticulture, there is no improvement.
The wines of the Kurjak Winery have been awarded at fairs and wine festivals in Novi Sad, Inđija, Rivica, Banoštor, Temerin, etc., and the Pavlović winemakers are most proud of the gold medal for their Bermet (white and red). Novi Sad residents have the opportunity to buy their wines at numerous events that take place at the city squares and other areas, such as the Novi Sad Flower Market and almost all gastro-wine events at the Liberty Square.
The wine tasting room of the Kurjak Winery is a wine cellar in a family house decorated in a rustic style, where about twenty people can be accommodated inside a wine scenography composed of full wine barrels. The tourist programme here is a matter of prior agreement. The purchase of wine with prior tasting, which includes information about wines, can rely on the working hours of the winery, while other services such as appetizers (cheese and cured meat products …) are a matter of prior agreement.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 a.m. – 08:00 p.m. Announcement is mandatory for group visits.
Žarka Zrenjanina Street 17, Sremski Karlovci
Phone: +381 (0)64 365 2738; +381 (0)64 261 6231
Text: Gordana Stojaković
Photographs: Aleksandar Milutinović
Tourism Organisation of the City of Novi Sad is not responsible for changes in information and services.
The text posted in: July 2021
 Transcription of the grape variety names is given according to: Cindrić, Petar and Vladimir Kovač (2007) “Vinogradarstvo i vina“ (“Viticulture and Wines“) Fruška Gora. Ed. Nebojša Jovanović and Jelica Nedić. Pg. 498. Beograd: Zavod za udžbenike