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Regions of Crisana and Maramures

Simleul Silvaniei

"A breathtakingly wild and beautiful mountainous area full of rather strange but friendly people living a folksy, arts-and-crafts life in a place that time forgot. " (Tom Stevenson in Wine Encyclopedia).

Crisana area provides excellent red wines (Cadarca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot) while Maramures produces acidic white wines excellent for brandy.


Crisana is situated in west of Romanian at the Hungarian border, while Maramures is in north-east (see the map).


Some of the main vineyards are Diosig, Dealurile Silvaniei, Valea lui Mihai.


The grapes growing here are both old native grapes and new imported grapes. The most important are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cadarca, Merlot, Italian Riesling, Burgund Mare, Feteasca Regala, Furmint, Pinot Noir, Muscat Ottonel, Mustoasa de Maderat, Feteasca Alba.

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