Porto Journal Summer 2016

PJ 605 X 400 Berba

A Maturing Fine Wine Market

As with so many things in Montenegro, the rapid maturation process that the wine industry has undergone over the past 10 years is nothing short of remarkable. Arguably one of the primary catalysts in that process has been Berba, the leading wine importer, and its sister business Crush Wine Station, located adjacent to Restaurant One in Porto Montenegro.

Wine is often the second largest variable expense on a charter yacht, so the tax-free wine available to yachts here via Berba is a considerable advantage over other locations in the Med, especially when combined with the simplified customs procedures and duty-free fuel.

Berba now has one of the largest wine selections in situ anywhere in the Med with almost 100,000 bottles stored in a climate-controlled, custom-built cellar in Tivat. While the extensive selection of tax-free wines for yachts is impressive in itself, visitors to Montenegro are also able to benefit from access to some of the same fine wines at restaurants around Porto Montenegro: crisp Sauvignon from New Zealand or the Loire Valley, rare Burgundy, iconic Tuscan wines… even specialty bottlings from Alsace, Rioja and the Rhône Valley. These wines stand alongside the constantly improving – and often excellent – domestic wines made in Montenegro, most notably from the country’s national grape varietal, Vranac. While championing local and regional wines, this summer Crush Wine Station will also offer a unique opportunity for aficionados and the curious alike to taste hard to find gems from other parts of Europe. These include wines like a Touriga Nacional from Portugal’s Douro Valley, a Barrel-fermented white Rioja and Sancerre Rosé … all will be available by the glass and in limited quantities, exclusively at Crush. Details of these promotions will be posted on Crush Wine Station’s Facebook page, mailing list and in-store.

Yachts looking for tax-free wine & spirit provisioning should pick up a copy of Berba’s catalogue at the Marina Office or at Crush Wine Station.