Although French origin grape varieties are grown in Romania there is still considerable effort directed towards their native varieties with support from their government. The only obstacle in the way of well deserved success is perhaps lack of infrastructure and good means of distribution. Much still needs to be done to improve the image of Romanian wine. Some Romanian wines of course do not achieve much in the way of heights but the best wines are true gems of craftmanship.
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Romania Wine in Oltenia
This Romanian wine area, which is renowned for the vineyards of Muntenia, Oltenia, Dealu Mare, Pietroasele, Arges, Valea Mare, Stefanesti, and Dragasani, lies at the foot of these mountains, on the hills between the mountains, and on the southern-facing flat areas. Dealu Mare in particular is quite well known and gains grudging respect from connoisseurs. Excellent Romanian wines are made here from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir from vines grown in ferruginous soil.
Well-known districts of Dealu Mare are Valea Calugareasca, Tohani, Urlati, Ceptura, and Pietroasele. The superlative Tamaioasa Romaneasca and Grasa dessert wines are made from native grapes bearing these names that are grown in the gently undulating hills of Pietroasele.
Excellent but light dry Romanian whites are made from native Feteasca Regal and Tamaioasa Romaneasca grown on terraces on the Arges hills, perhaps with addition of some ‘borrowed’ Sauvignon Blanc, Welsch Riesling, and Muscat Ottonel. The enormous vineyards of Dragasani that extend to more than 10,000 hectares produce dry light whites of low alcohol and several Muscat Ottonel and Tamaioasa Romaneasca dessert wines. A number of reasonable Romanian wine reds are made from the terraces of Drobeta-Turnu Severin-Corcova, alongside the banks of the Danube - here known as the Dunarea.
The vineyards of Segarcea are situated to the south of the town of Craiova, from where mainly Cabernet Sauvignon reds emerge.