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Central & Eastern Europe
Central & Eastern Europe

Central & Eastern Europe

Spoilt for choice

Spoilt for choice

The challenge of being a wine buyer in Austria is that you’re absolutely spoilt for choice! It’s jam-packed full of gems.

I’ve had a number of wow moments lately when I’ve had my nose in a glass of something Austrian. The 2017 Society’s Grüner Veltliner is a joy: so charming and generous! The Hans Igler Zweigelt 2015 is bursting with juicy and delicious red and black fruit. If you haven’t already, then take a look at the wines of Rainer Wess, a superb small producer whose grüners and rieslings are very special indeed.

Eastern Europe is one of the most exciting places in the wine world at the moment. Such value for money! I realise that with so much variety and so many different languages, it can all seem rather daunting; best thing is to pull some corks and get stuck in!

There are a few standout wines which make for perfect starting points. Hungarian white Somloi Juhfark Kolonics was launched last year and is deliciously crisp and mouthwatering. The bright, vibrant acidity is the perfect shellfish accompaniment. We’ve also been spoilt for choice from Greece and Hungary and I’ve particularly enjoyed Thymiopoulos Naoussa Jeunes Vignes; keep an eye out for the brilliant 2016. Also, the 2015 Rapsani is a current favourite of mine.

Freddy Bulmer
2018

Freddy Bulmer

Freddy Bulmer
Buyer for Central & Eastern Europe

2018



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