In the Carpatho-Danube space of Oltenia is situated the vineyard of Dragasani, one of the oldest and reputable in Romania.
The Dragasani vineyard spreads between the Subcarpaţii Getici hills, to the north and the Romanian Plain, to the south and southeast, and is situated between parallels 44 ° 30'-44 ° 55 'north latitude and 23 ° 55'-24 meridians ° 15' east longitude. The vineyard has a length of about 50 km between Strejesti, in the south and Ioneşti, in the north, and spanning in with, on the east-west side, for a distance reaching about 30km.
Administratively, the vineyard is located in the Valcea and Olt counties.
The vineyard was named after the Dragasani city, attested in the XIVth century, which was founded on the site of the Roman fort, with a Dacian name, Rusidava and the town of Strejesti, component of the Wine Center ascribed to the Dragasani vineyard. The vineyard was attested in the XVIIth century, when it was under the rule of the local Buzesti boyars: Radu and Stroe. In the far past, the vineyards of the Stejesti territory belonged to the “One wood” monastery, which came in 1864 under the ownership of the Stirbei families, Teodorini and Darvari. The age of the vines from these delightful places, full of history, can be dated quite difficult, it being linked to the first plantations made by the Geto-Dacians, over two millennia ago.
The Dragasani wines experienced their glory in the late XIXth century, winning several medals at international exhibitions in Paris, in 1867, 1889 and 1900, as well as the honorary diploma at the Bordeaux International Wine Competition in 1898. In the Dragasani vineyards, mainly the Strejesti area, there are produced many types of white wines (Sauvignon Blanc), aromatic wines (Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Muscat Ottonel) and superior red wines (Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Negru de Dragasani).
DOMENIUL MENNINI – of the Dragasani vineyards, located in Strejesti, is a natural paradise of vineyards and orchards, with over 300 hectares, of which 70 hectares are occupied with vines of superior quality, and mostly replanted in respecting the rules of modern viticulture. It is oriented to the production of native varieties, like: Burgund Mare, Negru de Dragasani, Tamaioasa Romaneasca and Muscat Ottonel, but also international ones, such as: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Mennini cellar, with a capacity of more than 1 million liters, was built in 2012 and is equipped with modern technology, necessary to produce high-quality wines.