The Prowein Fair (Dusseldorf, Germany), the biggest international wine industry fair, took place on March 13-15. Romania was represented by several participants. Thus, the Association of Romanian Wine Producers and Exporters (APEV) and Estica Wines – Romanian Wine Promotion Association brought together over 23 wineries from Romania, promoting them at the event that registered 55,000 visitors from all over the world. There were also Romanian producers that had their own individual stalls, such as Cramele Vinarte, which presented its wines in the Estica Wines and VINUM (Europas Weinmagazin – special German magazine) locations, Crama Stirbey, also present within the VINUM stall, and Crama Recas, which had its own stall. Overall, 6,200 participants from 59 countries took part in the event.
“Prowein has become the reference fair for the winegrowing industry, setting the acquisition trends for wine importers and distributors from all over the world,” CrameRomania.ro and ReVino.ro founder Alina Iancu, who was present at the event and talked with the participants, stated.
For Romanian wineries, exposure at Prowein ensures a visibility level they would otherwise not have, as well as the attainment of a constant level of exports. Germany is one of the export markets for local wine producers, alongside United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
“The wineries’ efforts to have international exposure have been significant in recent years, and Romania’s stalls at Prowein attracted visitors, however, the export potential is not yet at a satisfying level. There is still room for growth, especially since Romania has wineries that compete with quality wines on the international market,” Alina Iancu added.
Overall, according to official representatives, the Recas, Oprisor and Halewood wineries export approximately 50 percent of their production, Domeniile Sahateni – Aurelia Visinescu 40 percent, SERVE over 43 percent, Petro Vaselo and Crama Ceptura 30 per cent, Vinarte, Corcova, Liliac, Stirbey and Cotnari 8 to 27 percent. Each owner relates to the size of the vineyard and the quantity of wine produced annually.
Grasa de Cotnari 2008 wins Great Gold Medal at Berliner Wein Trophy
Grasa de Cotnari 2008, a still white wine produced by Iasi-based Cotnari Company has been awarded one of the seven Great Gold Medals at the international wine contest Berliner Wein Trophy.
According to a company’s release, 10,000 wines participated in the contest in Berlin, staged under the rules of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine; some hailed from winemakers with longstanding tradition of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, alongside Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States of America.
‘It’s a special result, considering that such recognition is not that easy to get. The endeavor of the Cotnari Company to get very good results at each International Wine Contest was rewarded in Berlin with other three gold medals for the Grasa de Cotnari 1985 and 2000 and Feteasca Alba 1998,’ reads the press release.
This year, the Cotnari Company has gained 15 more medals in the first three international wine contes