Nestled between Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, Kosovo is in one of the sunniest regions of the Balkans with some areas enjoying up to 270 days of sunshine each year. The country was already successful by the early nineties, with 9,000 hectares of vineyards exporting to surrounding countries as far as Germany.
We're feeling very lucky to have a great new selection of wines from the Cotes de Gascogne region. Our taste testings left us very impressed, and as one may well know, the French region is excellent for great quality and value. Let's take a look at what makes an exceptional Gascogny wine.
Fresita Strawberry Sparkling (Chile 8% £9.85) One of our best sellers, this blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel stands out, with each variety fermented separately before blended for a second fermentation to obtain the final extra dry sparkling wine base. Finally small, freshly-picked, intensely flavored Patagonian strawberries (from the foot of the Andes) are added to the natural sparkling wine, making a wine full of intensity, refreshment and strawberry sweetness.
Romania's long history of winemaking is down to its idyllic climate for vineyards. Now the 6th largest producer in Europe, it has persisted through centuries to the point where wines are now at their most available across the UK and rest of the world. Expertise in the cultivation of traditional French grape varieties such as Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, balances with its wide range of indigenous grapes, such as Feteasca Neagra (red) and Feteasca Regala (white).
Ferro 13 is a winery that combines great passion for wine with a passion for creativity. With wines showcasing the finest from Northern to Southern Italy, Ferro 13 take after our hearts with an aim to bring great wine to everyone with a sense of humour, always keeping quality at the fore.
Campania was established as a wine IGP in 2004 and successfully produces a range of red, white, rose and sparkling wines. We have partnered with Cantine De Palma to bring you a range of wines from the region.
Croatian wine making has hit dizzying heights and low points like many of the oldest wine making countries of Europe, but as with the best, a recent revival has re-established traditions that made the country so successful, bringing traditional grape varieties back to the world market. Many vines that are perfectly suited to the local hilly terrain have survived and been refreshed with the utmost viticultural care.
Winemaking and viticulture has been recorded in Israel since Biblical times, with wide influence from Morrocco, known for its mastery of French grapes and blends styles. The country's trade was virtually wiped out in the 7th Century before only beginning a return from the late 19th Century with the import of French grape vines and establishment of viticultural education.