Romania is placed 13th in a global top of wine producers, according to recently published data by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). At the moment our country has 250 registered wine cellars, but only a little over half of them are active in producing and selling bottled wine. Some 30 wine cellars also offer wine tourism.

“The number of wineries in Romania is constantly growing by 5-10 units per year. Romania currently occupies 5th place in Europe in terms of the covered area of over 200,000 hectares of vines cultivated and 6th place in terms of production in the European Union. We have growth potential and interest from both the cellars and tourists, so that our country’s wine tourism, which was non-existent until a few years ago, can develop,” says Alina Iancu, founder of ReVino.ro and CrameRomania.ro.

In Romania, the wine tourism experienced a significant development, helped by investments made by wineries and demand from customers for this type of personalized travel-oriented experiences.

“Until about five years ago, wine lovers in Romania were forced to travel abroad to practice wine tourism, but lately one can do this in our country also. Geographical location, scenery, diversity, history, and indigenous varieties are clear advantages that owners of wineries can use to attract domestic and foreign tourists in local wine areas,” adds Alina Iancu.

CrameRomania.ro is a bilingual (English and Romanian) database of local wineries, while ReVino.ro is an aggregator similar to Trip Advisor of wine cellars and specialized wine shops – wineries and restaurants – in Romania.

Natalia Martian