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Romania

Romania has one of the oldest traditions of viticulture in the world stretching before the Roman conquest. In recent years the rest of Europe has begun to take notice of the great value, high quality wines coming out of Romania and we're proud to share this selection with you.  A broad variety of varietals are cultivated here; ranging from the well established noble grapes to indigenous, barely pronouncible wonders. 

Romania has one of the oldest traditions of viticulture in the world stretching before the Roman conquest. In recent years the rest of Europe has begun to take notice of the great value, high quality wines coming out of Romania and we're proud to share this selection with you.  A broad variety of varietals are cultivated here; ranging from the well established noble grapes to indigenous, barely... read more.

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History

Viticulture began here about 6,000 years ago and despite being overrun by the Ottomans, wine growing has been consistant throughout the vines introduction. Communism brought a period of expansion, where focus on volume and frost resistance rode higher than quality. Since the fall of Communism however and increased privatisation/foreign investment in the 1990's, quality is now paramount. 

 Climate and Conditions

Mountains dominate this continental climate, the Carpathians and Transylvanian Alps running north-south and east-west respectively. Summers are hot and dry compared to cold/wet winters with snow commonplace. Easterly winds can be bitter and wineries often use treelines as wind-breaks. Valley floor vineyards are often prone to frost, although vine training can alleviate this. Powdery & Downy mildews are a persistant problem, site choice will have a deciding factor on the scale of the threat. 

The Wines of Today

Fateasca Alba and Regala are the two most planted white varieties, plus Welschriesling and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. The Fateasca's are capable of hedonism: aromatic and morish. Fateasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noirs account for many of the red varieties cultivated. Sweets wines are also well produced here, notably Murfatlar. 

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  1. Noble 5, Budureasca

    Noble 5, Budureasca. 2015 75cl

    A wonderful blend of local and international grape varieties. Ruby red wine with intense flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and plum jam. The oak has integrated suble vanilla leading to a long after taste and has great ageing potential.

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  2. Budureasca Origini Oro Manisa Sec

    Budureasca Origini Oro Manisa Sec, 2013 75cl

    When we were on the lookout for something new from emerging wine regions I came across this white made from Tămâioasă Românească and Chardonnay. It was wonderful fresh nectaurine aroma. Full and ripe on the palate with subtle rounded vanilla finish.

     

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  3. Budureasca Fume Sec, 2015

    Budureasca Fume Sec, 2015 75cl

    A highly aromatic blend of Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay which gains extra complexity through an extended period of barrel ageing and yeast contact.

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  4. Bats Blood Merlot, Transylvania, MMXIII

    Bats Blood Merlot, Transylvania, MMXIII 75cl

    Spookily tasty, this wine is dead good. Sorry the puns stop there! From Romania this wine is classed as a Vin Rouge Sec, dry red. Soft and fruity, this wine with mild plummy notes.

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  5. Lautarul Sauvignon Blanc

    Lautarul Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 75cl

    Harvested at night to help preserve the fresh fruit flavours, this Sauviognon is packed full of tropical fruit with hints of lemon zest and pear drops. A wine that offers great value.

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  6. Lautarul Pinot Noir

    Lautarul Pinot Noir, 2016 75cl

    For a Pinot Noir this is quite a big wine. Wonderful juicy fruit of grapes and cherries with notes of spice and soft tannins. The finish is soft round and velvety with hints of eucalyptus.

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