Newsweek: A 4-page photo spread on McC McCulloch Wines director - Don McCulloch


Scotsman Don McCulloch was personal security to the British Royal family for 15 years, then a member of the anti-terrorist unit of Scotland Yard . After retirement he came to Fruska Gora and began to make wine! And it's very good!

In Serbia, when someone discovers how a life here may have some good points it inspires faith and others to persevere. Even when that someone came from the West, from the fertile EU to the Serbian unknown. Don was born in 1956 in London. Much of his professional career spent as personal security to the British royal family , and then as a detective in the special unit of Scotland Yard for counter-terrorism . After 30 years of this work, the achievement of his long-standing dream to peacefully grow grapes and make wine eventually came. And of all the wine-growing areas of the world, he chose - Fruska Gora!

McCulloch bought a house in Erdevik, on the slopes of Fruska Gora and began to plant vineyards. Why there? – “For me it was an easy choice because my wife was born in Novi Sad. Also I am familiar with the wine tradition of the region, especially of Fruska Gora and the history of winemaking that goes back to the Roman Emperor Probus. For that alone was enough. The Romans never sinned in the selection field for the cultivation of vines” – says McCulloch, who thus became the first winemaker from the UK in Serbia.

Tall, neatly combed black hair, elegantly dressed in a tweed jacket, he says that he met so many nice people here. His wine with McC, is the first fully organic biodynamic Serbian wine on the market and has already won several major awards. 

McC Wines produces about 15,000 bottles of wine a year, and some exported to the UK immediately. 

The portfolio consists of six labels - red McC Coupage, McC Merlot - Malbec, Cabernet Franc McC - Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir McC and white Traminer and McC Rhine Riesling. Red wine McC Coupage 2012 was a gold medalist in 2014 at our most prestigious Grand evaluation test Vino.rs, made rom Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, matured 12 months in oak barrels of Serbian and then another 14 months in bottles. It is obtained exclusively from grapes grown on the biodynamic vineyard, without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or herbicides.

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