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Oltenia & Muntenia in fact two regions but due to simililarities beter to think about them as one unified region. These two areas combined are roughly same size as the Bordeaux wine region in France. Romania’s capital, Bucharest, lies within Muntenia, as does Dealul Mare, the best known red wine district in the country. Here, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot really thrive, as do smaller quantities of Pinot Noir and Fetească Neagră. The region also produces its fair share of white wines, particularly late harvest perfumed sweet wines from the Pietroasa district which are often made with Tămâioasă Românească, another native Romanian grape variety. Dry whites here are commonly made with Fetească Albă, Pinot Gris and Welschriesling. Generally speaking, many wines from this part of Romania are of higher quality than other regions. The Oltenia and Muntenia wine region spans the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains north of Bucharest with a substantial 140,000 acres of planted vineyards. Elevated vines are protected by the mountains and surrounding forests from winter frosts, although hail here can be a frequent hazard. That said, for the most part the region enjoys a moderate climate with Mediterranean influences.