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The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years. Lieutenant James Cook first landed at Kurnell in 1770, when navigating his way up the east coast of Australia on his ship, HMS Endeavour. It was not until 1788 when the First Fleet, which contained convicts and was led by Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in Botany Bay to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Phillip named the city “Sydney” in recognition of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, Home Secretary in 1788. The Sydney region is one of the richest in Australia in terms of Aboriginal archaeological sites, with significant rock art and engravings located in the protected Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities. It is classified as an Alpha World City by Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world.Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism.There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as one of Asia Pacific’s leading financial hubs. Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. Sydney is also home to the oldest library in Australia, State Library of New South Wales, opened in 1826.
Sydney hosted international multi-sport events such as the 1938 British Empire Games and 2000 Summer Olympics. The city is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city’s landmarks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha (2,500,000 acres) of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as Sydney Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House (which became a World Heritage Site in 2007), are also well known to international visitors. The main passenger airport serving the metropolitan area is Kingsford-Smith Airport, one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports. Opened in 1906, Central station is the main hub of the city’s rail network.
- Day 1
Skopje - Sopot - Skopje
Wine tour – Chateau Sopot near Veles – the heavenly vineyard Chateau Sopot is one of the most renowned Macedonian wineries, with quality wine production, and breathtaking on-site scenery.
The Chateau Sopot is located in the surroundings of the Veles lake, between the valleys and the fertile uplands of the wine region of Veles. This winery is one of the Macedonian chateau that is living its wine fairy tale in the book called Macedonia. It is closed to highway E-75 on the road Skopje-Veles on the right side of the pay toll.
Start with pickup from Skopje and travel to Chateau Sopot, one of the most famous Macedonian wineries.
Upon arrival, take a short tour of the winery. See how the wine is produced at the state-of-the-art facility, and enjoy the beautiful scenic surroundings.
See the vineyards which cover 103 hectares, most of them surrounding the winery, with 38 hectares of Rhine Riesling, 25 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 hectares of Chardonnay, and two hectares of Muscat. Then, taste a variety of wine produced on-site, as well as delicious gourmet lunch.
Enjoy some free time after lunch, before being returned to your hotel in Skopje.
More about Veles
More about this tour
Winery Chateau Sopot is one of the most picturesque wineries in Macedonia, located in the heart of Veles wine region, close to the highway that connects Skopje and Veles. It's a relatively new boutique winery, founded in 2006, with a concession of 30 years on 100 hectares of vineyard, with four types of grapes (Chardonnay, Riesling, Temjanika, Cabernet Sauvignon). The annual capacity of the winery is 80,000 liters and annual production to 35,000 liters. Currently the winery has spread their facilities with annual production capability to 150,000 liters. We offer winery shop where you have opportunities to buy our top- quality wines with promotional prices. You can also enjoy tasting our wines in rustical and unique style that offers the winery cellar. The restaurant is created in a pleasant and unique style, with capacity of 400 guests, where beside tasting the premium wines you can also enjoy the smell and taste of incredible culinary delicacies. We are building hotel next to the restaurant, which will have 6 rooms and 4 high luxury suites, provided with the most sophisticated way of functioning that offers sophisticated convenience and comfort. The whole enogastronomy offer full with quality and tradition, complements the specificity of the nature that captures the history of the wine region.