Whilst often ignored by UK consumers,
Romania has as long a history of producing wine as France and certainly far
longer than any of these upstart 'New World' countries. Originally planted by the
Romans, Romanian viticulture took a long while to come to grips with the
challenges of post communist society.
Collective farms were returned to the thousands of original owners
of the land, many of whom had emigrated. Philip Cox of Calusari and Umbrele wines
notes that whilst the land itself was good value, it has cost
him a fortune to locate the legal owners of the small plots
which now form the basis of his large estate.
We believe that the quality of the wines and their exceptional
value means that Romania has a bright future ahead of it. At
Alliance we have put our money where our mouth is and at the time
of writing this we now list 8 wines. The Pinot Noir is particularly
worth tasting, much better than many a Bourgogne Rouge and a
third of the price!