The future of Romanian Wines

Decenu was a man now part of a famous Romanian legend, well known for cutting down the vineyards of these lands some 2,000 years ago -  a historical wrong - doing that has proved to be cyclic so it seems.

Romanian vineyards exist physically today but are-more than not-buried under a slow legislation that does not yet recognize their potential of assistance in the economic recovery of Romania. Even though there is little literature as yet presents Romania as a wine-producing force, economic reports such as those used by the administrations of North America illustrate the fact that Romania has the sixth best wine-producing area in Europe and the world – and is still the tenth largest producer in the world.

 Many see this as an unexplored chance. The recognition of this positive resource, and its potential influence on the economy is still to be confired – a part of an effervescent future in Romanian wine. Positive activity would lead to this “golden vein” of Romania generating a direct surplus as well as an optimum operation of further industries and services such as the glass industry, design companies, transport companies, specific equipment, restaurants, tourism and last, but not least, agriculture -  a secure income for the land owners and workers of this land.

 What evidence supports the above statements?
   A tremendous wine-producing basin of 228,942 ha.
   A perfect climate for viticulture.
   Wine-producing areas allowing for the development of varying and diversified characteristics:
   *   Moldova – dessert white wines, semi-sweet
   Dobrogea – mainly red wines, high sugar content
   Dealu Mare – red dry and semi-dry wines comparable to the consacrated grand-crus.
   Târnave – dry white wines, increasing acidity, very live.

Procedures and efforts vary depending on the region and wine-producer. Although oenologic reviews and year books describe the Romanian technology as a long–standing one, the new presence of the recent “Krone” procedure in some of the wine-producing regions mentioned above presents a new concept for Romanian wine-producers and introduces some form, however small, of healthy competition.

 There is, at present, no united policy for the promotion of Romanian wine, and due to the lack of funds many of the Romanian wines are presented at exhibitions in an unofficial capacity as rent for exhibitions stands is beyond the means of the producers – even so, the “unofficial” appreciation is usually unanimous! The only “advantage” from the lack of promotion on the free market is the preservation of a fantastic vinotheque wine fund, which to the educated eye can mean an immense source of positivity.

 Specific rare wines such as Busuioacă de Bohotin – dating as far back as 2,000 years through the Greek connection – and post-philoxeric wines (of French origin) processed in the domestic manner, are in our cellars awaiting the connaisseurs.

 Although many foreign wines are imported, this can be seen as a positive aspect for Romania wines. The Romanian wine consumption happily speaks for itself and, as mentioned above,the competition can only be for the national wines.

 Therefore, let’s hope that we come out of this second Deceneu era and place the Romanian vineyards in their well-deserved place in the world of wines -  the place meant by God.

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