Romania has a long wine-making history - over 6,000 years of viticulture - and today is one of the largest wine producers in Europe. Lying on the same latitude as other famous wine-growing regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Piemonte, Romania offers a diverse range of topography for wine production; from the wooded forests of Transylvania to the gentle hills falling from the Carpathians, and the coastal region on the Black Sea. The climate and soils are truly ideal for viticulture and the vineyards are more affordable in comparison to other wine-producing nations.
But even with these favourable conditions, Romanian wine still remains largely unknown to the international wine community. A major reason for the lack of labels on foreign shelves is that the country is very much a wine-drinking nation and a large portion of annual production is consumed within its borders.
However, since becoming a full-fledged member of the EU in 2007, Romania has received billions in funds and grants to spur its economy, with the wine industry being one of the major beneficiaries. Foreign investment has also seen a swift uptake with international producers eyeing inexpensive vineyards as lucrative opportunities in Romania.
Consequently, increasingly more Romanian wine is finding its way into export markets as winemakers now have at their disposal very modern methods to produce wine and grow a number of grape varieties, both local and well-known. Romania has great potential moving forward and their wines provide excellent quality and great value for money.