From geographically point of view, Drăgăşani town is located at the southern limit of Valcea county, on terraces on the right side of the OltRiver, 53 km from the town. The rural municipality belong Drăgăşani, Zlatarei, Zărneni and Valea Caselor.
City, first documented in 1535, was one of the Roman roads, namely the Roman road linking together the Roman camp Sucidava (Celei – Olt) Rusidava Roman camp in the municipality, the Roman camp Arutela (Călimăneşti – Valcea county) and continues to Transylvania. This road and its route is certified by Pentingeriana Tabula (Roman map).
About Drăgăşani as fair can talk in the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1772 the Austrian Von Bauer writes in his memoirs about town Drăgăşani “episcopal village house, a yard boyar, a church and a fair living.”
At the 2002 census, the population was 20,798 Drăgăşani inhabitants (source: National Statistics Institute) in the Romanian 98.90% (20.571 inhabitants), Roma 0.95% (199 inhabitants) and 0.15% other ethnicities. From the point of view of religious profiling, 99.41% declared themselves Orthodox and 0.59% from other religions.
The main occupation of the people was and is the cultivation of vines and grapes. Drăgăşani renown vineyards and wine made this city is known throughout the country as the city of wine. Drăgăşaniului image is associated with itself and its famous wine vineyards.
Drăgăşani famous vineyards and wines have made local history because they are not on the table once stood the brightest figures of our legendary past: the nobility if hosts Roman generals, Mircea the Elder, Michael the Brave, the most feared outlaws and panders of Tudor.
Those who want to know the story very easily understand Drăgăşani wines that can do this immediately noticed Vine and Wine Museum, strategically located right in the center. Vine and Wine Museum was set up in 1974, but the museum collection organization started in 1952, by Father Alexander D.Bălaşa and Lita. Unique tourist objective Vine and Wine Museum Drăgăşani spectacular complete list of cultural monuments in the city.
Like any city recognized and respected wine, Drăgăşaniul had a “Research Institute for Viticulture” where is science in the service of authentic Romanian spirit, the “terroir” of Drăgăşani vineyards. (“Terroir” is an untranslatable French word that means unique specificity of a vineyard.
So it was possible to recognize and promote Crîmpoşiei selected by Drăgăşani – plant bearing the fruit and vineyards of Drăgăşani unique fingerprint. Researchers here have made it possible participation in scientific congresses, symposia, colloquia, etc.., And grapes and wines in international competitions held in Ljubljana, Sofia, Tbilisi, Bratislava, Montpellier, Bucharest, Budapest, where wines have been Drăgăşani gold (Sauvignon wines, Romanian Tamaioasa, Cabernet Sauvignon).
Is sufficient city tour to get in touch with its historical and cultural heritage, and show continuity: the writer Gib Mihăescu Memorial House, Church Fair Drăgăşani – current cathedral city – St. Elias – a monument of culture, church Assumption Capu neighborhood ‘Hill, St. Nicholas Church, the Roman camp ruins “Russidava” or city “Lord Dew” discovered Momoteşti district about 150 meters from the national highway, forthe – Craiova, via Găneasa and course Vine and Wine Museum.
Hills of Tuscany vineyard Drăgăşani are similar, which is why the region is suitable for both white varieties of wine and for red varieties. Drăgăşani Vineyard is one of the most important centers of traditional wine-growing country.
Story of Drăgăşani wines is much older. It acquires 100 years ago and a noble aura. After the destruction of vineyards by phylloxera in the early twentieth century, Prince Barbu Ştirbei owned the largest nurseries in the country, with the highest rate on grafting native varieties threatened by international varieties spread abroad.
In 1946, Princess Maria Ştirbei inherited from her father growing areas of Drăgăşani. After nationalization (1949), domains were taken from IAS Drăgăşani. In 2001, the vineyards and winery were returned to the rightful heir. Baroness Ileana Kripp, as the granddaughter of Princess Ştirbei the desire to revive the tradition of the family, along with her husband, has renewed vineyards and winery with modern technology in order to improve the performance of the winemaking process and provide customers with the highest quality wines from areas Drăgăşani altering.
Thus altering Drăgăşani areas have been revived and reinvented their historical dimensions. Continues today to reveal one of the secrets jealously preserved for hundreds of years: Ştirbei Prince (Prince Ştirbey) – Romanian history flavored wine that gives the birthplace ethnography and psychology who have conceived. Prince Stirbey Romanian wine is unique in the world “by crîmpoşie selected”. It was premiered in Germany at the International Wine Fair ProWein, held in Düsseldorf from 29 February to 2 March 2004.
Drăgăşani noble allure of wines wines sell well. In the modern globalized world, noble distinction of common property related marketing is a rather negligible.
Currently, the Drăgăşani Crîmpoşia sells well in Austria, in France. Romanian incensed by Drăgăşani is the best selling wine of the vineyard in France where it is known that the more expensive the Sauterne wine, which is also aromatic and sweet. French market, wines Drăgăşani are considered – at least that price – average. Sells for 11-12 euros.
For Drăgăşani, the biggest challenge is to promote wine tourism in western style. In the current wine tourism is a necessity for Drăgăşani so is mandatory. According to experts, a “wine route” is vital for any region with vineyards. But it takes an infrastructure put in place by local or regional, where each winemaker should be involved in promoting their winery and wines. Sure, the wine maker, customers who buy directly from the winery’s important, because paying full price. But more important is what happens after the customer, because he takes back home not just a bottle of wine, but also some good memories. That’s the secret of Italian wines. Germans go on holiday in Italy, wine tasting, buy a bottle and then appear … emotional implications. They want to drink the wine again that, to relive a special moment. Especially as to where it was bought are spectacular, have a particular story … Taken together, these things can promote better wine than the brand itself.
Drăgăşani has the potential French, Italian, Spanish. Drăgăşani welfare depends to a large extent its development in economically.
Drăgăşani is part of ValceaCounty, a county with an impressive geographic diversity, hills, mountains and valleys, it turns into a paradise landscape of the country. Vîlcea is complemented by several picturesque monuments (including Greceanu Manor and Manor Măldăreşti with architectural forms specific to the true jewels of Romanian architecture) and ecclesiastical ranks second tourist destination in the country in terms of popularity enjoyed by among tourists.