Romanian Wine

Romania has one of the oldest wine traditions in all of Europe, dating back to ancient times before Greek civilization. Indigenous grapes have always prospered, and viticulture followed. Though geographically situated as it is adjacent to Slavic countries, a good part of its culture and language is also Latin-based owing to its southern neighbors. Dacia, as it was once called, was once a part of the Roman empire, hence the name Romania. The significant Roman influence on the culture has lasted through the centuries, with wine production in prominent roles. 

In the 19th century, Romania suffered from Phylloxera as did most of the rest of the world. When the mass replanting took place, many of the indigenous varietals were replaced with more popular French ones. Today, Romanian grapes are a mix of the French-European stalwarts as well as domestic grapes such as Frâncuşă, Fetească Albă, and Tămâioasă for whites, Fetească Neagră, and Băbească for reds. German grapes are also Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Romania View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Romania

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    Founded in 1994 by Count Guy Tyrel de POIX, French wine producer (owner of 50 ha of vineyards in ...

  • Corcova

    Located in the South-West of the country, in Mehedinti County, Corcova is considered a new vine...

  • Jidvei

    Passion for wine in the heart of Transylvania Jidvei winery stands in the middle of Romania, geog...

  • SC Jidvei Srl Filiala Alba

    The Tarnave Vineyard is the largest in Transylvania, gathering the vigour of the vine planted bet...

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  • Umbrele Romania Sauvignon Blanc 2016


    smooth, sweet & consistent and very characteristic of the variety but not exceptional. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • So Cabs are a dime a dozen but how many of you have had a cab from Transylvania, Romania?  DM and/or GregT most likely but not something you typically find in your wine store, let alone purchase.A neighbor gave this to us at our New Year's eve party and since it didn't get opened that night it went into the wine closet.  We had some leftover sir... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Jidvei Feteasc Alb Sec Traditional 2016


    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not know where my ... DOC ... ... DOC in Transylvania in Romania and made by Jidvei,that country's largest and best known producer of white wines who have 2,500 hectares under vine alongside the Tarnave river which gave its name to the DOC.My bottle is made from the feteasca alba grape,an an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • There's serious controversy amongst geographers and historians about ... ... is supposed to be part of Romania (or the Ukraine, or Russia as Putin might think). We need to qualify who's putting these maps together, for what purpose, just as we look at who is rating what wines for what purpose.  ;-)Culturally you're talking about a mishmash tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic hello i am new

  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... ... Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized', and which used to be included within the earlier Austro-Hungarian Empire.Wine grapes and culture differ drastically across them, and they have virtually no relation to Gre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic hello i am new

  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria and Bulgaria and Romania if you're going historical back to that old Empire. If you're talking wine similarities, then that's another kettle of fish. And of course Crete is way off in another direction. Why not Greece (not usually considered 'the Balkans')? Then how a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic hello i am new

  • Nice motorsport pictures. I am a follower of Motogp myself. However;-,back to ... 2012 from Vincon Vrancea in Romania. I got given this at Christmas and do not know where it came from or monies paid or even who my benefactor was as it was Secret Santa at work. Romanian wines have not had a good reputation in the past so I was surprised by how ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Beciul Domnesc Merlot Cotesti 2012


    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not know where my ... ... although with all the recent Romanian immigrants into London there are now a number of specialist Romanian shops.Beciul Domnesc translates as Royal Cellar and Cotesti is a vineyard area in Romania.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb stew and was p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Recas Castle Cabernet Sauvignon Romania Transylvania


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    Wine review by jd98

  • Gramma Cuvee Visan Gramma Wines Casa Olteanu 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002


    Comment by 1970790Stoian Catalin 1970790 Stoian Catalin

  • I politely would ask someone who know something about the romanian wine "NEGRO DRAGASHANY" (vintage to 1967 y.), to contact with me on e-mail address - Also I would ask if somewhere it was collected, because I would like to buy it. Sincerely, d-r Iliya Simeonov Toronto, Canada

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