Cotnary, which is one of the best known vineyards of Romania, is in this area. Cotnary produces two great dessert Romanian wines, Grasa and a Tamaioasa Romaneasca which has an unusual nose of roasted coffee.
The Babeasca Neagra red wines from the Nicoresti area are also of interest and also the fine dry whites made from Husi in the Dealurile Moldovei region. Considerable amounts of cheap white and red Romanian wines are made around the area of Tecuci Galati close to the Ukrainian border.
Romania Wine in Transylvania
To many European ears Transylvania conjures up bloodthirsty horror stories of Count Dracula. In reality the area has wonderful natural landscape with great tracts of woodland, castles, and some well- known scattered vineyards such as those of Tarnave, Alba Iulia, and Bistrita.
Fine sweet white Romanian wines are made here and a few excellent dry whites, in particular those from the Tarnave vineyards. The basic grapes used are Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Alba, Welsch Riesling, Muscat Ottonel, and Sauvignon Blanc. Recently they have also begun to make very acceptable sparkling dry wines by the traditional method.
Alba Iulia produces full-bodied dry or sweet whites Romanian wines that are filled with extract from fully ripened Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Welsch Riesling, and Pinot Gris. Several interesting dry whites are made from the same native grapes in Bistrita. A great deal of everyday local Romanian wine originates from Banat that is made from Kadarka grapes. There are also a few reasonable wines made from the ferruginous soils around Minis (Kadarka and Cabernet Sauvignon) and from the area around Recas by the river Bega (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Romanian Wine in Dobrogea
This area is in the south-east, between Bucharest and the Black Sea. Dobrogea is mainly known for the vineyards of Murfatlar.
The climate here is very hot and the soil is much the same as in Champagne in France: light, brittle, and chalky. Medium dry and sweet whites of great class originate from the Murfatlar vineyards made from Feteasca Regala, Chardonnay, Welsch Riesling, and Pinot Gris.
There are also excellent dry to medium dry reds and whites made from Babeasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Muscat Ottonel, and Tamaioasa Romaneasca. The Chardonnays that have been visited by botrytis (noble rot) are of world class.