Central Europe offers a plethora of choice when it comes to quality, intriguing wines so we have put together a case that shows how the style of wine can change as it runs down Europe's network of rivers. From Germany, through Austria and Romania, to Hungary's finest wines.
Weingut Rabl "Lagenlois" Gruner Veltliner 2015
Dry white from Lower Austria
"Superb premium Gruner Veltliner from a family winery. Fleshy apple fruits like Braeburn and wood apple combine with honeydew melon, juicy acidity and peppery complexity. If you've not tried Gruner before, it's well-worth doing so!"
Zsirai Sisters Furmint 2013
Dry white from Danube, Croatia
"Making the best of Tokaj’s flagship grape, Furmint, this varietal wine by the Zsirai sisters is full and rounded with rich apple, buttery oak and beautiful minerality."
Anton Finkenauer Kreuznacher Riesling 2015
Dry white from Nahe, Germany
"Young, dry and fruity Riesling from a single vineyard in Nahe with a very slight spritz. Aromatic and refreshing with citrus, melon and stony minerality."
St. Donat "Magma" Kekfrankos 2015
Dry red from Lake Balaton, Hungary
"Dry single vineyard Kekfrankos grown on a unique mix of tough clay, basalt, tuff and limestone. This red is all about the terroir, evoking freshness but also richly ripe fruit and fine tannin. Vinified by Tamas Kovacs."
Nobilis Feteasca Neagra 2013
Dry red from Dealu Mare, Romania
"Made by the Vinarte Winery, one of Romania's leading producers of quality wines, this incarnation of Feteasca Neagra is simply sublime. Aromas and flavours of forest fruits with blackberries, prunes, blueberries, vanilla and violets. A long complex finish."
Heumann Lagona 2013
Dry red wine from Villany, Hungary
"Bordeaux-style blend from Hungary's warm southern region of Villany. Blackberry and kirsch lead into warm, spicy vanilla wood notes. Tannins are ripe and well-integrated; good to drink now."