Rowe's selection blazes new wine trail

27 March, 2009

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wine writer is branching out with plans to unleash wines from Kosovo, India and Peru in the UK.

David Rowe has been working as a winemaking consultant to projects around the world through his company NWWS, and is teaming up with agency firm Adel to handle distribution.

Waitrose has confirmed the first listing for one of the Kosovan wines - Stonecastle Vranac 2007, which will have a list price of £7.99, and be on promotion at £5.99 from April 15.

Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon under the Stonecastle range were

revealed at a trade tasting in London last week.

The former state-owned winery is now in the hands of a US businessman who has invested

in winery equipment and new plantings. Production suffered during the Kosovan war in 1999 , according to general manager Shani Mullabaz.

"It is not easy to work on the vines when you have fighting going on all around," he said .

Rowe, a former editor of Decanter magazine, added: "When I first went there in 2006,

I was completely bowled over by the climate data and vineyards ."

The tasting also showcased Syrah, Tannat and Cabernet/Petit Verdot wines from Bodega Santiago Queirolo in Peru, under the Intipalka name.

Rowe said: "When the first wave of flying winemakers -

like Hugh Ryman - came on the scene there was still a lot of work to do in improving winemaking in the major producing countries.

"Nowadays, people

there know how to make good wine and you need to go further afield

to do this sort of thing."

NWWS and Adel are

planning a summer launch for BX, a £5.99 range from Bordeaux aimed at 18 to 35 year olds.

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