Looking for something more interesting than your go-to safe varietals? Then look no further than the winemaking wonderland of Eastern Europe, striking the perfect balance between the safety of well-known varietals and the excitement of trying something new. But why is it only recently that we’ve been able to truly discover these hidden gems of the Old World?
After World War II, wineries in countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary were seized by the state as communist regime was established. Indigenous grapes were destroyed to make way for high yielding international grape varietals reducing quality and resulting in a damaged reputation on the world wine market.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 80s, wineries have been returned to their pre-war owners and quality gradually restored following considerable investment. So although Eastern Europe has been making wine for over 2000 years, it’s only in recent years that the export market has opened up and really established itself. Wines from the region are now appearing on more wine lists worldwide with high demand from the UK in particular. Romania steals the show delivering reliable quality and value for money.
Why not use some of these beautifully labels to jazz up your wine list for Easter?
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The Dreambird range not only tastes good, it does good. In Romania, there are no benefits for people with a disability. Money from sales of this wine go towards Ceva de Spus – a charity that helps people with disabilities lead as normal a life as possible and also contributes to Kinderzunft – an organisation which looks after abandoned children and orphans in Recas.
DID YOU KNOW? Romania is the largest wine producing region in Eastern Europe and the sixth largest wine producer in Europe.
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Frunza, meaning leaf in Romanian is new to our portfolio and is available in Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. The Pinot Noir has flavours of gorgeous red berries and plums, and is slightly smoky with a spiced cherry finish. It is medium-bodied with a nice hit of acidity. The Pinot Grigio has opulent notes of grapefruit and peach. Light in body with melon ad apple flavours on the palate resulting in a citrusy acidity. This is what a Pinot Grigio should be. They are both vegan friendly as well.
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This award-winning Cuvée blend is a zesty, complex and intense wine. Aromas of white peach and stoned fruit on the nose leading to melon and citrus notes on the palate. Full-bodied yet crisp with a smooth finish.
DID YOU KNOW? Austria produces wine only one fifth of the quantity of Australia but it has three times the amount of bottling estates.
Another European region that has been hotly tipped as a wine trend of 2020 is Austria. Their signature white grape variety, Grüner Veltliner is super food-friendly. You can expect citrus and peach flavours with a hint of spice. The Crazy Creatures is one of our more quirky wines. Each bottle has a different weird and wonderful ‘crazy creature’ on the label. Which one will you get?
The Crazy Creatures wines are made from 100% Grüner Veltliner. Known for its spicy, herbal but also fruity aroma and a crisp fresh acidity, only the best grapes from the region are used in the wine.
If you are interested in any of the wines mentioned, please contact your Wine Development Manager for more details.