Romanian Wines – Four Thousand Years in the Making – James Melendez

Romania is the 7th largest wine producer in Europe and 11th in the world.  There are approximately 195,000 hectares / 481,000 acres planted.   Romania has a rich tradition of viniculture for over 4 millennia–few nation-states can say the same.  According to legend the Greek God Dionysus was born in Dobrogea – southeast Romania.Romania is in similar latitude bands as France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Austria.  Generally northern Romania there are primarily white wine grapes grown in this area; central Romania has a mix of both red and white and south Romania is predominately red wine grapes.  Romania is a land of higher elevation and has a continental climate–there are sea influences from the Black Sea.Romania produces both indigenous grapes:  Fetească Albă,  Fetească Regală, Fetească Neagră, Băbească Neagră as well as international varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

Romania has numerous large wine areas:

1) Maramures & Crisana – West and North
2) Banat – Southwest
3) Transylvania – Central Romania
4) Oltenia & Muntenia – South
5) Dobrogrea – East and on the Black Sea
6) Moldova – North east

And encompassing smaller wine districts inside each larger wine region.  Romania’s lineage is certainly ancient and new.  But few have 4 thousand years of history but Romania like most other wine producing nations has newness as well.  A sense of finding it’s consumer base, refining it’s wines, training native Romanians to go abroad and bring back knowledge to produce high quality and impressionable wines.

Romania has had an uninterrupted wine history despite many historical interruptions.  I think many people are relying too heavily on the past communist era as significant and interfering with wine production–and despite these years of collective farming –wine was still being produced.  A larger picture is the framework and heritage that is Romanian wines–that is a significant picture.   And we are more than a generation away from the communist regime–the Romanian wine industry is geared to have many glasses to fill.  Romanian wine production is far too large to not have a larger distribution trajectory. And the world is awaiting to taste Romania’s wines.



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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