by Sarah Shotwell
In our current TCM Wine Club Members-Only shipment, one of the more unexpected offerings is a bottle of , a white blend from the hilly region of Romania. Transylvania, made famous in the west by Count Dracula (a local resident), is a picturesque region known for its millennia-old winemaking history. Though the wine industry suffered greatly under the farming collectivization that happened during Romania’s communist period, vineyards and wineries have made a screaming comeback in recent years, with the simultaneous revival of historic winemaking practices and the infusion of new farming technologies and enthusiastic international investment. In this way, Transylvania is poised to emerge as a 21st Century contender in the international market while retaining much of its old-world values and charm!
In Transylvania, the primary varieties grown include lush, flavorful native white varieties like Fetească Albă, Fetească Regală, and Tămâioasă Românească (blended here with the Rhône all-star Viognier), and imports such as Riesling, Pink Traminer, and Sauvignon Blanc.