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In 1989, Romanian wines are beginning to gain a favorable reputation, shifting away from the days of high quantity and low quality. Located in eastern Europe, Romania’s central terrain is dominated by the Carpathian Mountains. Its towering peaks serve as barriers for the country’s highest vineyard sites in the region of Transylvania. The cool climate of Transylvania’s Târnave DOC produces white wines with high acidity from the varieties Feteasca Alba and Traminer Rosé. While Romania’s domestic preference is for white wines, red grape plantings are on the rise to compete with the international market. Native red grapes such as Feteasca Neagra are used to produce higher quality wines in the region of Muntenia-Oltenia, but popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also contribute to red wine production. To find some of the best values and top rated wines in all of Romania be sure to check out our Romania Wine Buying Guide.

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