Vinoprom Rousse Chardonnay 2003.
The expansion of the European Union to Bulgaria and Romania on January 1, 2007 will be a great event also for their wine industry. The membership in EU will undoubtedly be a challenge to wine makers who so far comfortably sold wines on relatively protected domestic markets. Although many winemakers believe that the tourists will “always” ask for local wines, accession to EU will definitely open great wine trade possibilities to a lot of them. But we have yet to see what will the accession to EU, the largest wine producer, exporter, importer and consumer (around 70 per cent of entire world production is in EU countries), bring to Bulgaria and Romania.
However, it is certain that Bulgaria is prepared for that moment. In that context, we should mention the partnership with French winemakers (Belvedere Group, the largest winemaker in Bulgaria, bought in 2002 wineries Domein Menada and Sakar), Italian winemakers (the Italians invested into Damianitza winery on the border with Greece), as well as consultations with experienced Australian winemakers.
Similar to the situation in Croatia, but to a smaller extent, the post-Communist reforms in Bulgaria also involved returning the land to its previous owners. According to the information Tom Stevenson published in his Wine Report for 2004 (Dorling Kindersley edition), Bulgaria had more than 100.000 winemakers with each having less then 0,5 hectares of land. We now have a similar situation in Croatia, because the development of winemaking is obstructed by this division of vineyards. For example, 80 per cent of the Croatian winemakers recorded in the records of grape and wine producers has vineyards of up to 1 hectare in size.
One of the wineries ready for the accession to EU is Vinprom Rousse on the north of the country. This is confirmed by the fact that this is the first winery in Bulgaria that received the certificate for quality management system ISO 9002. Vinprom Rousse has a 60-year tradition, and its capacities today are more than 40 million liters per year. The bottle of Chardonnay we bought in Vrutak store in Zagreb is the best illustration of this giant.
This is a true example of a wine we mention in regard to the empty phrase that when Croatia enters EU, the Croatian wine will not be able to compete with foreign wines (only in terms of quality). This Chardonnay is that wine! We would find many flaws to it, except for one – its price.
Best paired with
: grilled chicken, omelettes, sea fish, pasta, softer cheeses...
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