Romania can look back at a long wine-making history. In ancient times Homer and
Herodotus wrote about Thracian wines. King Burebista had all the vineyards in Transylvania
cleared, because the grape juice affected his soldiers too much. The Transylvanian Saxons
played a prominent part in more recent Romanian wine-making history, producing wine in the
12th century. Real help was supplied by the Banat Swabians, settled in the area by the
Empress Maria Theresia.
Much of this old culture was lost with the nationalisation of vineyards in 1948. The fruitful soil and gentle continental climate remained, however. Suitable conditions to write a new chapter in this tradition and raise viniculture in the region to a new level of quality.
This is our vision for Liliac (www.liliac.com). Work on this project has been ongoing since June 2010. Internationally renowned winemaker Willi Opitz provided his expert advice in support of this goal.