Wine regions: Top 5 lesser known destinations Romanians can visit
The free travel metasearch momondo.ro team has found destinations that are not famous for the wine produced, although its quality is worthy of a stay with multiple tastings. Because the harvest period has just passed and the must begin to turn into wine, many Romanians make vacation plans in wine regions more or less known, to taste the fresh wine but also the one of the past years.
Good wine is becoming again a sought after product, even if it is not only sourced from countries such as Spain, Italy or France, well known for export, but from locations that have made major improvements to the production process lately or have simply started to promote it more and more.
The latest data collection by Eurostat shows that in 2015, 3.2 million hectares of vineyards were cultivated in the European Union, representing about 45% of the total area of vineyards cultivated worldwide.
Locations in Europe
Even though almost 3 quarters of the wine growing area in the European Union is in Spain, France and Italy (according to Eurostat), at least one quarter remains within the Union and other areas outside it. Given that the wine there is not exported (at least not in large quantities), it is worth organizing a mini-vacation to taste it directly from the source, especially in the autumn months, when prices for flights or accommodation have dropped considerably.
The first recommendation is to the Caucasian region, which is said to have been the first to produce this liqueur, about 8,000 years ago.
Archaeologists have found evidence of wine production since 6000 BC, which attracted the attention of UNESCO representatives. Specific to this region (in addition to countless grape varieties, such as saperavi, rkatsiteli or mtsvane) is that the wine is stored in large clay pots (kvevri) and is buried in the ground for fermentation in winter.
The long cellars, the approximately 1500-year-old monasteries, the incredible cuisine and the wines above mentioned are just a few reasons to plan a visit to Georgia.
Average price for one night in a 3-star hotel in Tbilisi: 33 EUR
The price of a medium quality wine bottle in Tbilisi: 3.76 EUR
Mileștii Mici, Republic of Moldova
Moldovan wines are present in Romanian stores, but visiting wineries in Ialoveni district is an experience that cannot be exported. The “Golden Collection” Mileștii Mici has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest collection of wines in the world and has 1.5 million bottles stored within 200 km of underground galleries. The town is less than 20 km away from Chisinau and the tasting tours last between one hour and 3 hours, depending on the package chosen, with previous reservation.
Average price for one night in a 3-star hotel in Chisinau: 35 EUR
The price of an average quality wine bottle in Chisinau: 3.60 EUR
Urla, Izmir, Turkey
Another region less known for its wines is the province of Izmir on the Turkish shore of the Aegean Sea. The historical city of Urla is about 35 km from Izmir and the wine production from here is increasingly appreciated. The organized tours also include local culinary experiences, with nothing less than the quality of the wines tasted.
Average price for one night in a 3 star hotel in Izmir: 32 EUR
The price of an average quality wine bottle in Izmir: 5.74 EUR
Locations on other continents
Not many would expect a wine-growing region in the country of sake or Kirin beer. Enjoying the Koshu pink grape, the Yamanashi region must be included in the Japan trip, if wine is one of the pleasures of travel. Today there are over 80 wine producers in this area, although some are even required to create some kind of “hat” to protect the vines.
The excursion will also be improved by the presence of nearby Fuji Mountain, and the distance from Tokyo is relatively small, about 120 km.
Average price for one night in a 3 star hotel in Tokyo: 94 EUR
The price of an average quality wine bottle in Tokyo: 10.23 EUR
More and more Romanians have started to explore different parts of India, but few know that they can enjoy good wine, which perfectly accompanies the specific food of these places. The well-known Mumbai is part of the Maharashtra region, an area where wine made from grapes from the Nashik Valley has also started to be exported to UK stores.
Average price for one night in a 3 star hotel in Mumbai: 48 EUR
Price of a medium quality wine bottle in Mumbai: 8.34 EUR
The above mentioned prices represent the average values of one night of accommodation in a double room of a 3 star hotel between 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019 with search dates between 01.01.2019 – 07.10.2019. All prices may change or become unavailable.