Berat is the ninth most populous city of Albania. By air, it is 71 kilometres (44 miles) north of Gjirokastër, 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Korçë, 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Tirana, and 33 kilometres (21 miles) east of Fier.
Berat is located in the south of the country. It is surrounded by mountains and hills, including Tomorr on the east that was declared a national park. The river Osum (total length 161 km (100 mi)) runs through the city before it empties into the Seman within the Myzeqe Plain.
Berat, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, comprises a unique style of architecture with influences from several civilizations that have managed to coexist for centuries throughout the history. Like many cities in Albania, Berat comprises an old fortified city filled with churches and mosques painted with grandiose wealth of visible murals and frescos. Berat is one of the main cultural centres of the country.
The Çobo Winery is located in the rolling hills that surround the city of Berat at the foot of Mt. Tomorri. The winery consists of several cultivated vineyards, a spacious kulla that is a form of Albanian traditional architecture, and a room for wine presentations. The Çobo family has a long tradition of producing wine, dating back to the early 1900’s. Production stopped in 1945 when private wine production was banned by the Communist party, but started again.
Cobo is famous for Kashmer wine. It is made from three grape varieties: Cabernet, Shesh (Indigenous), and Merlot. Shesh grapes are produced in both white and black. Kallamet is another indigenous grape variety. Besides the white Kashmer wine, Cobo is also known for its red wine. “The Red of Berat” is a rich red wine, named as inspiration from Onufri. Argitis Onufri was an icon painter, from South Albania and Macedonia, and had red color often used in his paintings. Cobo winery lives up to its tradition and artistic strokes.