Romania is one of the top ten wine producing counties in Europe.
Some of the favorite grape varietals include Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Alba, and Tamaioasa Reoaneasca. More common grapes include Welschriesling, Aligoté, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Muscat. There are some small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Romanian grapes also include Babeasca Neagra which produces a lightly fruity wine, and Feteasca Neagra that produces a bolder, more refined wine.
Romania also produces Cotnari, a botrytised dessert wine that is basically unknown outside of Romania.
The largest wine region in Romania, Moldova boarders with the country of Moldova, along the Black Sea. Here is where over one-third of the country's grapes are grown. White grapes are predominantly grown in the north, while central Moldova has the greatest concentration of wine production.
Muntenia and Oltenia
Best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Feteasca Neagra.
With the sunniest climate and lowest rainfall, this region is known for its soft red wines and luscious white wines, including Chardonnay.
Red wines include Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also includes Feteasca Neagra and Shiraz. White wines include Feteasca Regala, Welschrisling and Sauvignon Blanc.
This region is located approximately 1500 feet above sea level and experiences a cool and rainy climate. Best known for fresh, crisp white wines and Pinot Noir.
Crisana and Maramures
These regions are located in the north-west part of Romania where there are two DOC areas in the region: Minis and Crisana. Grapes such as Cadarca and Mustoasa de Maderat are mostly produced here.