Drăgăşani has all the potential of an appellation of origin in French fashion. Long before the Roman conquest, Dacia was already a vineyard land and the region where Drăgăşani is placed nowadays, in Oltenia, was already famous. The Dobruşa Monastery, situated nearby, was built in the 15th century and had its own vineyard on the hill.
The white wines of Drăgăşani had their own moment of glory at the end of the 19th century, when they were awarded many medals at the world exhibition in Paris in 1867, 1889 and 1900, culminating with the honorary degree of the international wine competition of Bordeaux in 1898.
They are traditional aromatic wines obtained from the native variety TĂMÂIOASĂ ROMÂNEASCĂ, which created the prestige of the Drăgăşani vineyard. Among the vineyards of southern Romania, Drăgăşani has always produced cooling fine white wines, with good acidity. The red wines of the region produced mostly from Cabernet-Sauvignon and from the local variety called Negru de Drăgăşani have been internationally successful.
Situated on the Olt left riverside, the greatest affluent of the Danube, the vineyard of Drăgăşani has a length of 60 kilometres, stretching between the Getic Sub-Carpathian Hills to the North and Câmpia Română to the South.
The dominating soils in the vineyard are made of clay with traces of limestone, of sand, of gravel and seldom of shale. The climate of the vineyard is temperate continental, with Mediterranean influences, but its main characteristic is a balanced weather. Due to its position on the Olt valley which performs a regulating influence, the Drăgăşani vineyard has a good humidity even in the hottest months of summer.
The old local varieties such as Tămâioasă Româneasacă, Novac and Crâmpoşie Selecţionată are still cultivated but many new wine varieties have also been introduced in the Drăgăşani vineyard, such as the Sauvignon Blanc, which adapted very well to the climatic and soil conditions.
At the same time, some other wine varieties have been readapted in Drăgăşani due to the hard work for the improvement of the vine carried on at the Center for the Research of Viticulture and Vinification founded in Drăgăşani in 1936.