Wines from Dobruja

Vines may be grown anywhere in Dobrogea. Every step you take, everywhere you turn, the land provides excellent conditions for viticultural. The relief of this region, consisting of a succession of mounds and even grounds, does not rise any serious problems for viticulture; light and heat are abundant allover the region; the soil enjoys good structure and fertility and it contains all chemical elements that the vine needs. The water generated by precipitations is by no means excessive, which lays down the proper premise for obtaining top quality wines.

It is no surprise that under such favorable circumstances, viticulture has developed in Dobrogea at a quick pace, currently holding a place of utmost importance.

The Dobrogea vines currently cover just over 25,000 hectares. They are joined together in several vineyards that should by all means be included in any Bacchic quest. Just below its halfway line, the region is cut across by the famous Murfatlar vineyard, expanding throughout the Carasu valley and comprising three viticultural centers: Murfatlar, Medgidia and Cernavoda. Going up north, on the eastern side of the region, we come across the Istria-Babadag vineyard. To the north, on the Danube banks, we encounter the ancient vineyard of Sarica-Niculitel, with three viticultural centers: Tulcea, Niculitel and Macin. Towards the southwestern border of the region, in the vicinity of the ancient Danubius, there lie the Ostrov, Oltina and Aliman vines. This list may not leave aside the vines from Daieni and Harsova, those of Adamclisi and Baneasa, nor those of Mongalia and Chirnogeni, all integrated into the viticultural landscape of Dobrogea.

The region we are in provides the best conditions for wine-making, as well as for producing table grapes. Even grape varieties cultivated especially to obtain raisins may be grown here, because they require extra heat during ripening and they are less resistant to harsh winter temperatures.

The wines are however the products bearing the most visible imprint of the favorable cropping conditions. The Dobrogea plantations yield noble wines with distinct quality features. Along with Cotnari and Pietroasa, the Murfatlar vineyard represents a viticultural area that may yield natural sweet wines from grapes picked while withering. Significant brands of rich and bright red wines as well as dry or semidry white wines standing out through their powerful personality may be produced throughout this region.

Embarking on a quest for Dobrogean wines, we shall be scheduling four halts on our itinerary: Murfatlar, Istria-Babadag, Sarica-Niculitel and Oltina.

DOBROGEA

Vineyard Viticultural centre County Varieties
Recommended Authorised

MURFATLAR

Murfatlar

Constanta

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Pinot gris
Pinot noir

Columna
Merlot
Muscat Ottonel
Riesling italian
Sauvignon

Medgidia

Constanta

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Muscat Ottonel
Pinot gris
Pinot noir

Columna
Feteasca neagra
Merlot
Sauvignon

Cernavoda

Constanta

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Muscat Ottonel
Pinot gris
Pinot noir
Sauvignon

Columna
Feteasca neagra
Merlot
Riesling italian

 

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Adamclisi

Constanta

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Pinot gris
Pinot noir
Riesling italian

Columna
Merlot
Sauvignon

-

Chirnogeni

Constanta

Pinot gris
Riesling italian

Feteasca regala

ISTRIA BABADAG

Istria 

Constanta

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot noir
Riesling italian

Chardonnay
Merlot
Pinot gris
Sauvignon

 

Babadag

Tulcea

Aligoté
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot noir
Riesling italian

Feteasca regala
Merlot
Sauvignon

 

Valea Nucarilor

Tulcea

Aligoté
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot noir
Riesling italian

Feteasca regala
Merlot
Sauvignon

-

Hirsova

Constanta

Aligoté
Feteasca regala

Babeasca neagra Feteasca alba

-

Daeni

Tulcea

Aligoté
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Pinot gris
Riesling italian

Babeasca neagra
Feteasca regala
Muscat Ottonel
Sauvignon

SARICA-NICULITEL

Niculitel

Tulcea

Aligoté
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Riesling italian

Babeasca neagra
Feteasca alba
Feteasca regala
Muscat Ottonel
Sauvignon

Tulcea

Tulcea

Aligoté
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Riesling italian

Babeasca neagra
Feteasca regala
Pinot noir

Macin

Tulcea

Aligoté
Babeasca neagra
Feteasca regala

Alicante Bouschet
Burgund mare
Riesling italian

 
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