Earliest records indicate Lakić Lakićević, a young Orthodox priest, settled in the area at the end of the 17th century during the great migration of Serbs under Patriarch Arsenije Čarnojević. Since then, roots have lingered, although kin has relocated within the country and abroad.
Agriculture is a significant source of income in Leposavić, ranging from the cultivation of annual crops for food and animal feed, to perennial orchards destined mostly for distillation.
Lakićević Winery produces exclusively organic grapes and outstanding-quality wine, recognized internationally with awards from fairs and competitions. The first vineyards were planted in 2013 on the former territory of the Banjska Monastery, where grapes have been historically grown since the early Middle Ages. Genetic tests of vines growing in the woods showed the varieties Pamid (Slankamenka red) – an old, resistant, low-quality red grape originating from the Balkan Peninsula; also Grašac (Italian Riesling) and Gamay. On the other hand, modern winemakers in the area strive to produce high-quality wine, on par with the traditional Old World: France, Italy, and Spain.
An exploratory approach led the winery on an unforgettable journey during which it planted 32 different grape varieties. The resulting experiences strengthened the connection to other famous areas – the risk of late spring frosts like in Chablis, the selective-strong influence of a year like in Bordeaux, dry white wines like in Pfalz, and a long vegetative season thats allows for ripe red grapes like in the Loire Valley.
The word “terroir” is often used to describe wine, encompassing four important factors: climate, soil, grape variety, and the interpretation given by the human factor. Grapes are grown with sparse rainfall (under 600 mm per year), a high number of Growing Degree Days, cold nights due to the altitude between 450 and 550 meters a.s.l., acidic soils of different textures, and varied topography: from flat clay plots to rocky slopes.