The growing popularity of wine culture has brought a number of benefits for all producers and intermediaries involved in this booming sector. Therefore, more and more consumers rush to try new varieties of grapes and wines from exotic origins.
In addition, countries with little international renown regarding their wine production are also taking the opportunity to diversify their economy and try to attract the wine lovers spread all over the world.
This is the case of some countries in Eastern Europe such as Bulgaria and Romania, which are trying to conquer international markets with their products, increasingly higher quality. The funny thing is that wines from both countries enjoyed great popularity in countries like the United Kingdom until the late 80s of last century, but the fall of Communism meant their end as exporters due to problems arising from the liberalization of the economy.
The cultivation of vineyards on an industrial scale was abandoned in practice and only in the last decade is beginning to recover thanks to the private initiative of a mixture of foreign businessmen from Italy, Germany, France and Britain, and aristocrats returned from the post-Soviet exile, that produce wines like Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir, Nova Zagora 2011; Sant’Ilia Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Melnik, Elenovo, Thracian Lowlands, Bulgaria 2012; Cramele Recas Frunza Pinot Noir, Banat, Romania 2013; Prince Stirbey Tamaioasa Romaneasca Sec 2013; Borovitza Bella Rada, Bulgaria 2011 and Bessa Valley Enira Estate Red, Bulgaria 2009.
For now, even though these countries have the ideal climatic conditions and soils for the production of wine, the results do not come close to those obtained in European areas of more tradition, but the evolution of the sector seems positive and, in the coming years, we will surely see on the shelves of all kinds of shops an increasingly larger volume of wines produced in eastern Europe, capable of producing at unbeatable costs compared to the more established players in the market.
Prince Stirbey Tamaioasa Romaneasca Sec: a white wine from Romania and 13º of alcohol
2008 Reserva Enira Bessa Valley Winery: a red wine with Bessa Valley DO which blend contains 2008 grapes and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º