Welcome to Drăgășani
Few visitors would give the isolated town of Drăgășani, roughly halfway between Craiova and Piteşti, a second thought if it weren't for the fact that it's home to several of the country's most innovative new wineries. The wine-producing merits of the region's generally sunny climate and low-lying hills, worn down through the years by the Olt River, have been appreciated going back centuries, when wealthy noble families produced varietals that won awards around Europe. The communist period, though, was not kind to Drăgășani. Many families lost their holdings and quality suffered accordingly. Now, the area is making a comeback, with a half-dozen or so young wineries that mix modern wine-making methods with local, indigenous grapes. The result is arguably the country's most exciting wine-making region.