Gault & Millau launched the first edition of the Romanian Wine Guide, thus bringing to Romania the international expertise of the company.
The Gault & Millau Romanian Wine Guide 2019 includes 152 wines from 63 wine cellars. The highest score of a Romanian wine in the Gault & Millau ranking is 94 points out of 100 for the 2016 Smerenie from the Oprişor wine cellar, which also received the Best Red Wine Award.
22 Romanian wines obtained a score of +90 points, including red, white, rosé and sweet wines, made from international and local varieties. This performance demonstrates the diversity and complexity of the market, the quality of local wine and its competitiveness.
“Romanian wine has a potential in which we believe and that is why we launched the Gault & Millau wine guide locally. Our principles are transparent and clear, developed over 30 years of Gault & Millau experience in this field: independent expertise, neutrality to market commercial interests, constructive approach, chances in the evaluation process for all manufacturers, regardless of their size. The next step after launch is to promote the Romanian wines selected in the guide and their producers both in Romania and internationally,” says Raluca Hriţcu and Stefan Mortici, co-CEO of Gault & Millau Romania.
Wines of the Gault & Millau Romania Guide 2019 were evaluated by a team of 3 international experts who hold the highest possible certifications in the oenological field: Master of Wine, Caroline Gilby and Isa Bal (Master Sommelier ). The three evaluators contributed with complementary perspectives, resulting from industry-respected career paths, but also with in-depth knowledge of the local market, which enabled them to position themselves in the international context of local wines.
The most important conclusion of this first edition of the guide is that local varieties represent Romania’s chance at an important spot on the global wine market, whether it is Black Fetească or White, Negru de Dragăşani or some less known as Zghihara by Husi.