“There are magical places in this world, places that call for people from thousands of miles away. Tohani is such a place. There is no coincidence that some of the most renowned Romanian wines are made here.” Virgil Mandru, owner Tohani
Tohani is a winery in the middle of the Dealu Mare region of approx 365 ha and has had a long history; documents attesting the vineyard go back to 1773.
It has always been a powerful place which has influenced destinies and changed the course of history. Probably the most well-known story of Tohani is that of the love between Prince Nicolae of Romania and Ioana Doletti.
Prince Nicolae, the brother of King Carol II, fell hopelessly in love with Ioana Doletti, a very beautiful woman who however did not have noble origins. Against all restrictions, Prince Nicolae and Ioana married in secret on October 28th 1931, at the Tohani church and town hall.
The prince lost his royal rights, yet Ioana Doletti and the vineyard of Tohani remained his passions until the end.
Since then, all who chose to stop at Tohani – for a while or for life – have known and felt the passion that this place bestows on people.
TOHANI BECOMES PROPERTY OF THE STATE In 1948, the Tohani estate becomes the property of the state and in the following years, in partnership with specialists from Bordeaux, France, the famous old cellar was built; this cellar is still available as a visiting site and museum. Here lies the only wine vault in the area, with over 100,000 stored bottles of collection wines. TOHANI RE-BECOMES A LANDMARK OF WINE CREATION
In 2000, the company is privatised and goes through an extensive modernisation process. A new factory is built, equipped with state-of-the-art technology; a new infrastructure is put in place, and the vine is replanted on large areas. This is the beginning of Tohani’s modern times, when the South-African winemaker, Albertus Van Der Merwe, joins the team in Tohani, offering his “New World” experience and influence and blending It with the tradition and craftsmanship offered by Tohani’s master winemaker, Ion Marin.
In 2012, Tohani Romania becomes an official supplier of the Royal House of Romania, an acknowledgment of the quality and values that marked the company's evolution towards the status of wine creator.
Tohani is a privileged place that opens the mind and soul to the creative forces of nature and man.
Located in the middle of the Dealu Mare region, Tohani spreads on 7 sunny hills, blessed with a very special climate. Oriented towards the South-East, the hills are being warmed by sunlight for a longer time. Thus, the grapes enjoy 14 more days of sun than in any other vine area in the country. Reaching maturity earlier, the grapes have more time for developing qualitative features.
Tohani vineyard is located on the 45° parallel, like the famous Bordeaux vineyards. The Mediterranean micro-climate – which allows for the fig tree and almond tree to grow in Tohani – offers the vine special growth conditions giving our wines their intense color and flavor, corpulence and organoleptic balance.
Flag ship wine of Tohani is Apogeum. The wine is reserved for the local market, however now and then we are able to get a few boxes for sale on the webshop 😊