The Balkans are home to a range of countries that can trace their history in wine production back to the Ancient era. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Romania are producing genuinely high quality wines at superb value and here are a selection of some of the best wines we've found from the Balkan area.
Vine in Flames Fetasca Regala 2015
Dry white from Dealu Mare, Romania
"Young and crisp fresh white wine with grapefruit, floral and green herb notes. Characterful with great balance."
Ilocki Podrumi Grasevina Premium 2015
Dry white from Danube, Croatia
"A very Mediterranean white wine! The Grasevina Premium has a silky texture with green apple, white peach and greengage fruits. Its soft and rounded finish makes it very moreish!"
Borovitza Bella Rada 2013
Dry white from Danube, Bulgaria
"Bone dry, very mineral wine with a bouquet of quince, nutmeg, and passion fruit. As the Bella Rada has undergone barrel maturation there are also complex layers of charred wood, butter and savoury vanilla spice on the palate. Full bodied and pleasing."
Legend of Dracula Pinot Noir 2015
Dry red from Transylvania, Romania
"A top pick for your Hallowe'en or a spooky movie night! If there's one thing Romania have mastered in wine it's an early-drinking Pinot Noir. Full of cherry fruit but with layered and grippy tannins, this Pinot is delicious with all sorts of food or simply on its own."
Gaia Agiorgitiko PDO Nemea 2014
Dry red from Nemea, Greece
"Silky-smooth, fruit packed and deep-coloured red wine. Seductive, full bodied and dangerously moreish, this is excellent."
Yamantiev Marble Land Cabernet Blend 2010
Dry red wine from Thracian Lowlands, Bulgaria
"Full and firm Cab blend with forest fruits, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and black pepper spice. Complex and unrelenting greatness."