Wine market in Romania - statistics & facts

The history of wine in Romania goes all the way back to the Daco-Roman period. French influence also contributed to the development of the Romanian wine market by bringing new types such as Merlot, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfortunately, Romanian wine production was reduced during the Communist regime because of the decision to eliminate foreign grape varieties.

Wine production and vineyard surface area

According to the International Organization of Wine and Vine, Romania produced nearly five million hectoliters of wine in 2019, ranking 12 in the OIV top. Approximately half of the total red wine production in Romania comes from the Moldova Hills, while rose wine production is mostly concentrated in the South and South-West of Romania, specifically Muntenia and Oltenia.

The vineyards in Romania are spread either in the form of a continuous chain or scattered in vineyard regions. There are seven wine regions, specifically: Crisana and Maramures, Muntenia and Oltenia, Transylvania, Banat, Moldova, Dobrogea and the Danube terraces. These regions consist of approximately 40 vineyards, and over 160 wine centers famous for their products. Romania’s total vineyard area peaked in 2019, totaling approximately 182,600 hectares. This is the largest vineyard surface recorded in the last ten years. Of the total vineyard area in 2018, over 14,000 hectares were destined for the production of a Romanian wine variety called Feteasca Regala.

Trade and Retail facts

In 2018, the Recas company registered the highest turnover and net profit in the Romanian wine industry, totaling 181 and 42.1 million Romanian lei, respectively. The history of the Recas winery dates all the way back to the 15th century and currently oversees more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards. When it comes to international trade, in 2019, Romanian wine imports totaled over 60 million euros.

Consumer profile

An estimation for 2019 outlined that Romanian wine consumption amounted to nearly four million hectoliters. In this regard, the most preferred type of wine was red. Therefore, out of the red wine varieties, the Romanian wine Feteasca Neagra was the most chosen by Romanian consumers.

Wine tourism in Romania and the variety of wine-related events in the country, such as the International Wine Festival and the Bucharest Cheese and Wine Show underline the fact that the Romanian wine market is constantly growing.

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