Posted: Jan 12, 2023
Wine is an ever evolving culture, with new growing regions constantly entering the spotlight, habits of consumption fluctuating regularly, and wider movements for sustainability having their impact too. So what can we expect from the world of wine in the year ahead?
Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Events Expert, Master of Wine Barbara Drew, foresees a rise in purchasing fine ingredients to elevate the humble night in. “I think a trend towards really savouring fine food and wine at home will become increasingly evident in 2023. After the initial flurry of excitement around heading out to restaurants and bars after lockdowns were lifted, people are recognising more and more that high quality ingredients, a bottle of mature wine and great company are all one needs for a lovely evening – whether at home or not.”
As with any produce, it is important to support independent creators, producers and traders and shop as locally as possible, an idea that certainly extends to wine. Rositsa Kasabova, Bulgarian wine grower, producer and owner of Villa Vinifera, recommends "a focus on small producers, specifically those who own (and can guarantee the quality) of their own vineyards.” Always exciting are “those who dare to experiment with long forgotten technologies or try new ones,” she adds. “With a growing emphasis on eating locally-grown produce, we are likely to see this increasingly reflected in the wine industry as well. English wines are improving year-on-year, with not only award-winning sparkling wines being produced but also white and red wines too.”
For Chablis wine grower Chris Watson, a glass half-full approach to 2023 will come with investing in pastures new…and old. “We can expect to see much more interest in older grape varieties as well as newer entrant countries to the wine producing world”. Chris adds that we should look east towards Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania, with Romanian Pinot Noirs already gaining popularity on the UK market.
Rositsa and her son, Wine Technologist and MD Dimitar Kyuchukov, explain that like anything else “trends in wine are circular”, dictated by the harvest and influenced by food movements and agricultural approaches. On which Bulgarian wines to look out for in 2023, Rosita notes “Every region is different, but here in Plovdiv we are famous for our strong red wines. Every 5-6 years the harvest is exceptional. 2023 looks very promising.”
“We are hoping that 2023 will bring more recognition of Bulgarian wine, especially towards the diversity of our local varieties,” Dimitar adds. “Grapes like the Mavrud, Rubin, Evmolpia and Misket among others can surprise wine lovers with something different and unique."
By Condé Nast
Date Published: January 9, 2023
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