Not all the world’s finest wines are from France and Italy. Many come from America, Australia and beyond these days and every year there is another country vying for supremacy in the wine stakes. Here we’re looking at some lesser known wine regions which are becoming known in the modern market for the quality of their wines. Many of these areas have been producing wines for centuries but they have only recently achieved acclaim on an international standard. Here are just three regions whose wines are definitely worth trying:
Bulgaria is better known for its swathes of sandy beaches, unexpected great value ski resorts and beautiful countryside than for its wine. However, Bulgaria has been a thriving wine producer for over 5000 years. The first wines grown in the region were produced by the ancient Thracian people.
It has played host to the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles on more than one occasion and it stands out as a leading wine producer in the East of Europe. It is in fact the country with the most awards wines in the whole of Central and Eastern Europe. It has won 109 medals to date and is becoming more popular around the world.
There are 44 registered native grape varieties in Bulgaria. These include Mavrud, Dimyat and Rubin. Our Bulgarian wines include this Domaine Bessa Valley Enira.
Lebanon and particularly the Bekaa Valley are regularly critiqued and their wines are becoming more and more popular. Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest wine production regions. Winemaking can be dated back to around 780-725BC. Since 1998 wine production in Lebanon has been on the up, with only 5 wineries back then to 30+ today.
Lebanese winemakers are known for following the French tradition. French grapes are popular but there are also many interesting and diverse indigenous grapes. The indigenous grapes of Lebanon include Merweh and the popular and well-loved Obedieh. Most of the red grapes grown in Lebanon are not native grapes and are popular French varietals. We stock a range of Lebanese wines including this Ixsir Altitudes Red.
Slovenian wine has been in production since well before the Romans introduced wine to France, Spain and Germany. It is one of the ancient winemaking areas and despite this its wine have not achieved the same success as those of Western Europe. There are over 28,000 individual wineries in Slovenia and the country produces over 80 million litres of wine every year. It is a country which focuses on white wine production, with 75% of all produced in the country being white.
Slovenia has strict wine laws which means all of their wines are assigned a quality level, as set by their Zaščiteno geografsko poreklo (ZGP), which is a similar organisation to the EU’s Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions. There wines range from those classified as table wines to premium quality wine. Our range of Slovenian wines includes this Guerila Barbera Selection Primorska.