Romania is not really known for its wine, but grapes and wine have always been a big part of people's lives here. In the countryside, wherever the climate is suitable, you'll find that almost every house has its own grapes and makes its own wine.
This part of Romania, known as the Banat, is quite hilly and suitable to grow grapes. A short ride out of town is the Arad vineyard. A very French-looking Manor welcomes us, and the Maitre-de-chaix and his wife will do the honor of the wine-tasting.
White, red, "cooked wine" (a specialty of the area, a very sweet wine suited for aperitif or after dessert)... it was all a pleasure. The Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot were quite good, especially the merlot, which was exceptionally velvety.
I decided to bring back a bottle for my dad, who is a wine-lover. Needless to say, we were quite merry on our way back (except for our designated driver, that is).
January 29, 2005
From journal Roadtrip to Romania