About Wines

The devastation of two world wars and the subsequent rise of communism relegated the Romanian wine industry to 40 years of stagnation, rife with demands for mass production and low costs. Prior to these pitfalls, Romanian wine had been appreciated and valued throughout Europe. From Moscow to Paris and Berlin to Stockholm, experts spoke highly of the sweet wines from Cotnari, the great reds from Tohani and Murfatlar, and the supple whites from Transylvania's Jidvei Vineyards.

Romania's winemaking history stretches back over 3000 years. Even its defining historical event was shaped by wine: Rome invaded what was then Dacia, coveted for its wine and honey production, and occupied it for over 100 years. Over that period, Roman immigration changed the shape of the culture and language to this day; thus, Romanian is the only Latin based language in Eastern Europe, similar to French and Italian.