More and more, good quality wines have become favorites of modern existence. Drinking wine is healthy, popular, and gives you the surprising feeling of being part of the high life.
Who are the heavyweights of wine production in the world? Data reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an agency of the United Nations, shows that France, Italy, Spain, the United States, Argentina and Australia are on top of the list. Go a little bit further down the list and the 9th place is held by Romania. Who knew?!
The truth is that Romania is not a newcomer to wine production. The beginnings of viticulture in this part of the world go back at least 4000 years. Legend says that even Dionysus, the God of wine, was born in Thracia, on the territory that is part of Romania today.
Wine was introduced in Romania by the ancient Greeks. Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate and fertility of the Danube River Delta, this area proved to be a true cradle for wine production, and the grape vineyards thrived.
In the late 18th century though, phylloxera arrived in Romania, after wiping out a majority of Europe's vineyards. Eventually, many of the old Romanian vines were replaced by those imported from France. Sharing the same latitude and not too different climate from France, Western noble wines - the Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris have found a new home in Romania.
Today, those noble wines of Western origin are successfully produced in Romania along with traditional Romanian wines such as Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Feteasca Neagra and Babeasca Neagra - wines that have been produced from the same grapes for thousands of years. Romania is increasingly recognized for the quality wines it produces and exports to more and more countries all over the world. Wine connoisseurs, as well as the regular folks who know when they meet a good wine, have appreciated and enjoyed Romanian wines for many years. Taste them and you will also be impressed by their distinct personality, finesse and gustative harmony.