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Romanian producer set to double volumes with £5 million investment

Published:  07 August, 2017

New Aldi addition Cramele Recas has announced a £5 million investment into the expansion of its vineyards and bottling plant.

Cramele Recas, believed to be Romania’s biggest winery, is investing the considerable sum to keep up with new listings and demand.

The expansion follows on from the launch of new high-tech bottling line in November 2015 and could as much as double the winery’s bottling capacity from 10 million to 20 million bottles a year.

Plans are underway to expand the winery later this year, while additional vineyard plantings in the neighboring village of Izvin have already begun.

A total of 160 vines are expected to be planted by the end of 2018.

The company said they have seen growing demand from customers for quality Eastern European wines in the UK where it recently became part of Aldi UK’s regular line-up.

Philip Cox, Director of Cramele Recas, said: “The increase in demand for Romanian wine throughout the UK market has been incredible in the last few years, as more customers are looking to explore new regions.

“The expansion will mean that we are able to meet the demand of our customers and continue to produce high quality Romanian wine for our markets.”

As well as Cramele Recas’ own investment, the company has also recently concluded deals with its long-term grape crush facility partners in Odobesti Vrancea (East Romania) and Viisoara Dobrogea (Black Sea region).

This will add over one million Euros of new investment in increased crush capacity, supplying Cramele Recas with larger quantities and better quality grape juice from those regions.