The wine-producing region of Lechința may seem to travelers a forgotten patch of earth. But to those involved in wine production, the region reveals itself as a haven created to bring forth great wines. Batoş is Liliac’s home. Here the landscape features broad green highlands with gently rounded contours – reminiscent of the rolling hills of Tuscany – and numerous streams and lakes winding through them.
The mineral-rich soils and moderate continental climate are embraced and protected by the crescent-shaped arc of the Carpathian mountains and ultimately contribute to the ripening of the very finest grapes.
Transylvania can look back on a long history of winemaking. Even Homer and Herodotus wrote of Thracian wines well over 2300 years ago. In the 12th century, groups of German settlers recultivated vineyards in the area, playing a significant part in Romanian wine history. Not long after, the Transylvanian Saxons lent their energetic support. But much of this viticultural tradition was severely interrupted with the nationalisation of the vineyards in 1948.
However, the fruitful soil and optimal climate remained. And today, these are the ideal prerequisites for writing the next chapter in this long, developing story – for lifting wine-making in Lechinta to a wonderful new level.