Wine: Romanian wines with plenty of bite

The Balkan nation, synonymous with literature’s most famous vampire, is also famed for its long-established winemaking culture

Harvesting grapes at Lacerta winery in Dealu Mare, 100km from Bucharest: Romania has an age-old winemaking culture. Picture: Getty

It’s Halloween, a time of year that’s steeped in mythology and folklore, dating back to the ancient Celts. If your Halloween is more about having a glass of something to celebrate the occasion than dressing up in costume, it might be a good day to look to the wines of Romania, a country famed for Dracula, the Transylvanian vampire created by Irish author Bram Stoker, which has an age-old winemaking culture.

These days, Romania’s varieties ...