The Best Wineries in Transylvania
Transylvania may not be the first place to come to mind when you think of wine destinations, but these spots are definitely worth a visit for any traveling wine enthusiast.
When most people think of Transylvania, what immediately comes to mind is Dracula, werewolves and Van Helsing. Some people think it's a fictional place, not realizing the region actually exists, but trust us, it's a real place. Located in Romania, Transylvania is full of rich history, delicious eats and incredible wines. Transylvania has been producing wine for centuries with some wineries dating back to the 1600s. If you're a wine aficionado, plan a trip to Transylvania in the near future and visit these incredible wineries.
1. Villa Vinea
The Villa Vinea wine cellar takes advantage of thriving grape vineyards remaining from old, long-closed wineries. Gravity and modern design allow this winery to thrive as it strives to revive Romanian culture. With an array of varietals like Feteasca Neagra and Feteasca Regala, alongside classic varieties, like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Merlot, Villa Vinea offers something for every type of wine drinker.
2. Lilac Winery
What happens when Transylvania grapes meet Australian winemaking tradition and skill? A match made in heaven called Lilac Winery. Lilac wines are produced from the finest hand-sorted grapes grown on the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. Artful tradition meets modern technology in Lilac's top-of-the-line wine cellar. Be sure to stop by for some award-winning wine when you're in Transylvania to see what other wine enthusiasts are raving about.
Tohani dates back to 1773. Located in the Dealu Mare region of Transylvania, the Tohani vineyard covers seven sunny hills on a 45-degree parallel (like the famous Bordeaux Vineyards). Since the grapes are located in such a rare spot, they receive sunlight 14 more days per year than any other area of the country. Because of the unique microclimate, the grapes are a stunning color and full of intense flavors, making Tohani Romania in a class of its own. Tohani winery has received international awards for excellence, flavor and quality. You'll enjoy taking in the views of this gorgeous vineyard while sipping a glass of their Valahorum (made from three grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Tămâioasa Românească).
What sets Vin de Ciumbrud apart from other wineries is that every bottle of their wine is made with a drop of Transylvanian almond. The vineyards of Ciumbrud can be found along the Mureş River where a unique mix of hot days and cold nights leaves Ciumbrud wine with the perfect level of acidity. They make an array of delightful wines, but our personal favorites are their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. We recommend spending the night at their accommodations called Casa Domeniile Vinului. The gorgeous guesthouse overlooks the vineyard, and the view is magnificent.