Bulgaria and Romania Praised for Entrepreneurial Efforts in Wine Industry, The Guardian

Views on BG | March 16, 2015, Monday // 11:22|  views

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A brief history of Bulgarian and Romanian wine industries has been provided by the article, published in The Guardian daily online edition.

The positive review of the industry comes merely days after alarming data has been published in Bulgarian media regarding the reduced wine exports over the course of 2014.

After a reminder of the success of the local supermarket Sainsbury's own brand wine, originally produced in Bulgaria, the review continues outlining the problems in the industry.

The democratic changes in both Balkan countries initially brought more mayhem than stimulus for development of local business ventures.

Therefore, when wine journalist David Williams visited Bulgaria in the early 2000-s, the situation appeared to be quite bleak and uninviting, with only remnants from the previously successful government-owned wine producing facilities.

The meain reasons are said to have been related to massive corruption in the tenders for wine factories and farming lands.

However, a decae later, the situation appears to be quite promising. Small local productions have been established across the Balkans, taking advantage of the fertile lands, favorable climate conditions and years of tradition in the wine production industry.

Among relatively larger-scale producers, the smaller wineries have also been praised for their entrepreneurial efforts, including ''Ogi Tcvetanov and Adrianna Serebrinova, who have transformed a former state-run Bulgarian operation into a small-scale delight at Borovitza, or the New Zealand and Austrian-trained Petar Georgiev, the talented winemaker at creative new Bulgarian producer, Ross-Idi.''

Thus, international success, in the words of Williams is close to inevitable, as wine producers in Bulgaria and Romania ''are going to be serious players in years to come.''

The entire article is available here.

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