Romania may not be the first country that comes to one’s mind when thinking about wine. However, the country is one of the oldest – and youngest – wine making countries in the world, with a millennial wine history, going back to the Romanians’ ancestors, the Dacians and the Romans.
The great soil composition and the moderate temperature/ climate conditions offer Romania the perfect geography for wine and give it the status of one of the world’s largest wine producers and the sixth largest among European Wine producing countries like France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Portugal.
Most Romanian wine producers make wine out of a mix of international and indigenous grape varieties, but some of them use just local grape varieties that are very good as well. There are more than 10 local grape varieties so there are many wines for you to try. The Romanian wines have a unique aroma and structure, becoming easy, slightly overseas due to the quality and the right price. Whether we are talking about white wines, roses, dry red, semi-sweet, semi-sweet or sweet wines – Romanian wines manage to enchant and satisfy any taste and any pocket. Flavours range from flowers, white fruits for white wines, strawberries, hazelnuts, honey for pink wines and red berries, vanilla for red wines.
Romanian wine is food friendly. Most of the time Romanians like to drink their wine with food, not just like an aperitif. The local cuisine is rich, savory and tasty. That’s why the red wines need to have tannin, to cut through the richness of Romanian traditional dishes.
They are very hospitable and they will put on the table the best things in the house. Expect to see the table close to collapsing from the weight of food. It’s also quite common to spend four to six hours tucking into a proper feast.