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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Romania

Popular Wineries in Romania View all

  • 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...

  • Corcova

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

  • Rotenberg Winery

    We are a "boutique" winery in Ceptura - Dealu Mare, Romania. Our 2006 Merlot has been voted "The ...

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  • Vampire Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo Paso Robles 2006


    Have not really been a fan of Merlot, but this one was pretty nice. I thought it really smelled like plumb, and carmel. it had a good balnce of acid, and oak. The finish wasnt long, but it wasnt bad. I would buy this again. Read More

    Wine review by 1rockiesfan

  • Pinot Noir Werewolf 2007


    2010 vintage : Pretty good for the price Romania, cherries, oak, pleasant, light bodied, look for more from Romania in the next few years. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Ferdinond Pieroth Graf Istvan Bohotin Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    If you like Port you'll love this Read More

    Wine review by Dr Dr

  • Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc 2010


    Not a big fan of white wine but I really liked this one. Crisp, fresh, citrusy, but not sweet. Read More

    Wine review by meghanwaslike

  • New to the site as well as my surroundings here in Romania. I am a professional basketball player from America and part time wine "taster". I live an hour outside of Bucharest and I was hoping someone could recommend a great wine from the region. I'm not a wine expert so any suggestions are greatly appreciated, I don't even know where to look fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lost and Thirsty in Romania

  • Cotnari Vsoc Grasa Roumanie Moldavie 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by ninimihto

  • Dreamfish Sauvignon Blanc 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by meghanwaslike

  • Tohani Tanaioasa Romaneasca 2007


    I had a bottle of the Feteasca Neagra given to me by a Romainian customer of mine. He said it was a very special bottle. So I took it home and my wife and I opened it up and were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The wine is not too dry and has a bit of sweetness to it. A very good wine for an affordable price. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Alira 2009


    An exellent Merlot from Aliman, Dobogrea (Romania). Very fuity but still too young.Already appraised on a number of local specialized magazines and competitions.I think it's a great addition to any cellar since it's the very first vintage released by Bessa Valley (WineRo) and it has a lot of aging potential. Read More

    Wine review by alibotean

  • Terra Romana Cuvée Charlotte Rumänien Dealu Mare 2007


    Rich taste with subtle alcohol notes. Although it's a dry wine the tanins are nicely integrated.A great addition to any cellar if you like reds. At the very top of my budget at around 20$ a bottle. Read More

    Wine review by alibotean

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