Belo is Macedonian for “white,” which may not sound terribly specific, but it is a valid and easy-to-pronounce name. Valid also because the principal variety in this blend (which includes a little Riesling, Roussanne, and Marsanne) is Smederevka, the most widely planted white grape variety in the region. Smederevka once had a reputation for neutral and acidic wines best served with a touch of sparkling water, but that was due to massive overcropping during the communist era. Now with lower yields, careful pruning, and a shift to organic practices, Tikves can coax out floral aromas with flavors of green apples and white peaches from this formerly maligned variety. Smederevka retains a pronounced acidity with a moderate alcohol level even though it usually gets picked towards the end of harvest – a good indication that this signature variety is perfectly adapted to the warm climate of Macedonia.