The region of the Lower Danube and Eastern Serbia is on the international cultural route “The Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route”. This route was certified by the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR) in 2015. Today, the cultural route stretches through ten countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Romania and Bulgaria, encompassing 22 Roman sites and 12 wine regions.
The main focus of this route is presenting archaeological localities as testimonies of the expansion and the defence of the Roman Empire territory in those places where the Danube was its northern border. The region south of the Danube, stretching to the Adriatic sea, belonged to the same empire, which is precisely why this route is divided into two geographical units – the Danube and the Adriatic.
From the 2nd to the 4th century AD, Roman emperors personally commanded the army, consequently leading to the centre of military and political power moving from Rome to the northern borders of the empire. According to sources, as many as eighteen emperors born in this region are testimony to that turbulent period of European history.
The key rulers from this period were the emperor Trajan, who expanded the empire’s territory to neighbouring Dacia (today’s Romania), and Constantine the Great, during whose reign Christianity officially became the religion of the empire. This act would change the history of Europe in many ways. Red wine was a traditional beverage where the Roman army was situated. In the beginning, it was transported by sea and the rivers, but vineyards were soon planted on the Danube’s slopes, and the now centuries-old tradition of wine production in this part of Europe was born. If you believe the spirit of the ancient Romans vanished from this region, we suggest visiting one of the numerous local wineries along the Danube that will prove you were wrong and inevitably leave you amazed.