According to a survey by CrameRomania.ro, the only bilingual database of the Romanian wineries, there were 60 wineries and wine estates that can welcome tourists in our country.
Overall there are over 140 wine cellars in Romania, which produce bottled wine.
The wine tourism, also known as enotourism, represents the guided tours across wineries where wine experts are presenting the technological process and the tourists can attend wine tastings in special places or walk through the vineyard if the weather allows it. Three to seven wine assortments can be tasted. The most favorable time for trips to the wineries is from April to November.
“In the past years we notice that more and more people choose to spend their spare time by paying visits to the wineries. It’s a kind of tourism that can be practiced by anyone, however constant travellers seem to appreciate it the most. As far as the price is concerned, the average value for a winery visit is about RON 50 per person, with 5 wines, snacks, bread, cheese, cold meats, fresh and dry fruits included,” said Alina Iancu, founder ReVino.ro and CrameRomania.ro.
Even if the increase and development of the wine tourism is slow, the chances that the wine regions in Romania should become touristic attractions are extremely high.
Most of the aggregate wineries are based in Muntenia (Dealu Mare vineyard is stretching on a 65-km length and 3 to 12 km-width) and in Oltenia (Dragasani vineyard).
“In such areas where the wineries are not condensed in number, the local landscapes, the stories behind these wine cellars but also the involvement of the staff are factors that lure tourists, who are returning in these places many times and recommend their experiences to other people. For instance, in Transylvania the distances between wineries are large, but tourists can visit the sights from one location to another, such as the Transylvanian Saxon villages, the fortified churches or Turda salt mine”, Alina Iancu added.
The wineries can provide tourists with their own accommodation, depending on their capacity. They can provide accommodation for 2 up to 55 people, but there are also locations where tourists can stay over night, at the hotels and pensions in the neighborhood.
Alina Iancu set up CrameRomania.ro (the only bilingual database of the Romanian wineries in Romanian and English) and Revino.ro (a Trip Advisor-like aggregator of the wineries, wine stores, wine cellars and restaurants in Romania).