Romanian wine is still undiscovered in the world of wine, but it is slowly gaining recognition for its quality and diversity. The country has a diverse climate, which allows the growth of many grape varieties, from traditional local ones such as fetească neagră and tămâioasă românească, to international varieties such as cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. This diversity allows for the production of a wide range of styles – from refreshing white wines, through full-bodied red wines, to sparkling and fortified wines.
One of the most significant regions for wine production in Romania is Transylvania, known for its refreshing white wines made from fetească albă grapes. The cool climate and high altitude of the region are ideal for producing wines with bright acidity and minerality. Another area worth mentioning is the region bordering Moldova, which is known for its red wines made from fetească neagră and saperavi grapes. The area has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, allowing for full ripening of the grapes and the production of wines with a rich, expressive taste and high tannin content.
In recent years, Romanian wineries have been investing in modern equipment and technology, which has led to a significant improvement in the quality of wines. Many wineries are receiving awards and recognition at international wine competitions, and more and more wine lovers are discovering the interesting taste of local wine.
Rară Neagră from Purcari Winery 2021
The winery was founded in 1827 and operates vineyards with similar natural conditions as the much more famous Bordeaux. In 1878, the winery was already celebrated at a closed wine tasting at the World Exhibition in Paris. French experts were amazed by the dry wine of intense ruby color and thought it was a new wine from Bordeaux. Today, the winery uses the most modern production technologies and collects further international awards. A bottle of this red wine cost 36 RON, which is about 6.80 EUR. Vivino rating: 4.2/5.
Tămâioasă românească from Cotnari Winery
Cotnari Winery is one of the five largest wineries in Romania. It focuses on traditional Romanian varieties and modern technological processes. It manages over 1,700 hectares of vineyards. A bottle of this sparkling wine cost 25 RON, which is about 4.80 EUR. Vivino rating: 3.7/5.