On 23 – 26 May 2013 I was honoured to be invited as a juror at the International Wine Contest Bucharest, or IWCB for short. IWCB is an annual contest that attracts wines from all over the world (much more on http://www.iwcb.ro), but is a particular showpiece for Romanian wines, which make up about 60% of the entries. I had never been to Romania before, but my brief encounters with Romanian wines in the past had left me curious, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to deepen my knowledge of this country’s wines.
Romania is often said to have the perfect climate for making wine, and indeed in the past, including the communist era, it was a large wine producer with a significant export. There seems to have been a significant contraction of the Romanian wine scene in the immediate aftermath of the end of the Cold War, and new investments on a large scale are mostly fairly recent.
I had previously come across some Romanian wines made from the ubiquitous international varieties, and they had been quite satisfactory, but perhaps a bit unremarkable. However, it was the few past encounters with local varieties such as feteasca alba, feteasca neagra, feteasca regala and tamioasa romaneasca that had left me curious and wanting to explore this country’s wines more thoroughly.
Articolul pe larg: International Wine Contest Bucharest 2013 – Snapshots