Browsing supermarket shelves for that perfect bottle of wine? There's a savvy strategy to ensure you get the best value for your money!
Just look no further than these three underappreciated wine-producing countries that offer exceptional quality wines that won't dent your wallet.
1.Romania: Whether your taste in wine leans towards the rich and robust, the fruity and floral or the crisp and fresh, Romania has something to offer. From sparkling wines that will remind you of Champagne and Prosecco to elegant whites like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to soothing reds such as Pinot Noir and Merlot. As well as unique native varieties like Fetească Neagră, Grasă de Cotnari, and Fetească Albă.
The world of Romanian wine invites you on a thrilling journey of discovery and exploration.
I recommend these Romanian wine brands: Sanziana, Royal Tokaji, Patricius, Oreg Kiraly Dulo Mad, Zana and Sorcova
2. South Africa: South Africa has a rich winemaking history dating back to the 17th century when the Dutch first established vineyards in the Cape region. If you love Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc or Shiraz, South Africa has something to please your taste buds. And if you're a fan of sparkling wine, don't miss out on the delightful experience of Cap Classique - it's a decision you won't regret! Many South African wineries prioritise fair trade practices and sustainability and make significant efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and promote ethical farming. South Africa boasts an impressive array of wine varieties, catering to diverse palates.
I recommend these South African wine brands: Creation, Bouchard Finlayson, Crystallum, David & Nadia, Lismore and Mullineux.
3. Chile: With a 2,700-mile stretch from north to south, Chile provides diverse terroirs with cooler and warmer climates that contribute perfectly to the production of various grape varieties including Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or Shiraz. These are wines that consistently deliver exceptional quality in many grape varieties, with many winemakers dedicated to sustainability and organic practices.
Some famous Chilean wineries you might be familiar with, producing award-winning wine include; Concha y Toro, Errazuriz, and Santa Rita.
I recommend these Romanian wine brands: Vina Ventisquero, Arboleda, Clos Des Fous, De Martino and Pedro Parra.
I'd love to hear about your experiences with South African and Chilean wines. Share your discoveries and recommendations with me on my Instagram @ElizabethWineGirl, I'd love to hear which wines you've picked up on your next trip to the supermarket!