Whether you travel in Romania along the coast of the Black Sea or in the Dobrogea Plateau near the Danube Delta region or in the Province of Moldova or along valley slopes of the scenic Carpathian Mountains or in Transylvania Province or in Wallachia or in nearly any agricultural area throughout Romania, you're in wine country.
Romania's climate and soil are hospitable to the production of many different types of wines, from dry, sparkling whites to rich, aromatic, purplish reds.
Popular domestic grape varieties used for wine production include Frâncusa, Feteasca Alba, Tamâioasa, Feteasca Neagra, Babeasca.
Romania also produces its share of worldwide vintages, including Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Muscat Ottonel.
For the traveler interested in adding viniculture to his or her cultural itinerary, a trip to Romania offers many opportunities to visit wine-producing regions and to discover and sample the many different wines of Romania, from little known local and regional wines to Romania's great wine labels, such as Murfatlar, Cotnari, Jidvei, Dealu Mare and Odobesti.
Murfatlar, one of the most famous Romanian vineyards, is located just miles west from the Black Sea coast. Over 300 days of sunshine, along with cool breezes from the sea, make this area ideal for the production of sweet dessert wines, such as late harvest Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel. Soft, rich red wines are also produced here - Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir being the most popular.
Rhein Azuga - Cellar and Pension
Built in 1892, the Rhein Azuga Cellar was the former "Supplier of Romania's Royal Court", and since April 2006 has been designated "Supplier of His Majesty King Michael the First". The cellar is considered the oldest at which sparkling wine is produced using the traditional method.
The Rhein Pension is located in the midst of the majestic Carpathian Mountains. This small hotel consists of 16 suites and two saloons, and can serve 90 people seated for dinner. Eloquently named after grape varieties, the rooms offer a charming view over a 2 ha park. In the cellars situated above the ground, with double walls, black mould and natural ventilation, visitors may fully appreciate the art of producing sparkling wine.
Clos des Colombes
The "Clos des Colombes" is the result of Anne Marie Rosenberg's crazy dream of transforming an old farm into a famous vineyard.