Romania is a less known, but extremly interesting country surprising its visitors not only with the breathtaking sceneries, incredible locations, warm people and delicious traditional food, but also with its wide range of traditional beverages from fruity spirits, manufactured mainly at home, to the most noble wines, many brands of beer (larger, unfliltered, brown or black) and further to the natural juices, made from fresh fruits with no preservatives, sugar or additives.
Romania is the 9th wine manufacturer worldwide. The history of graperine in Romania is almost as old as the people living on its territory. As part of the ancient Thrace, the actual territory of Romania was inhabited by the Geto-acians of whom Herodot wrote in 514 BC that " they were the highest branch of the Thracian tribes". The French Historian and wine grewer Raymond Billiard stated that "Thrace was the oldest and most respected for its wines having the highest prestige". In 292 BC on the occasion of a feast given by Dromicheites (leader of Geto-Dacian tribes) in honor of the Macedonian general Lisimah, defeated in battle, "the guests drank the wine in golden cups and the hosts from wooden cups and cattle horns to prove the simplicity and sobriety of locals"-historian Diodor of Sicily.
Vine growing and wine making carry through the ages despite the stormy periods that followed.Step by step, foreign vine varieties (especially French ones) were brouht and together with local ones developed new and interesting wine sorts.
Nowdays, there are almost 40 vineyards in Romania manufacturing more than 6 million hl/year from about 245.000 ha of grape vines. More than 25 sorts of wines are Romanian (Grasa de Cotnari, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra, Galbena de Odobesti, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Busuioaca de Bohotiin, Babeasca Neagra etc).
The oldest statement about beer in Romania dates from1366, mentioning that at the peasant revolt from Floresti participated " Jacob the brewer".
First beer factory was buit in Timisoara in 1718 and belonged to prince Eugeniu de Savoya. Later, in the 19th century, beer entered the mass production, several factories being constructed. You can choose from a wide range of brands of of lager beer, blonde, brown, black, radler, non alcoholic. 80% of the market is split between 4 large producers. More than 25 local brands beside the foreign ones (Heineken, Carlsberg, Stella Artois, Perroni, Guiness) are available: Ursus, Ciucas, Ciuc, Stejar, Neumarkt, Azuga, Silva, Timisoreana etc. You can enjoy this beverages in our tours.
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