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2012 Crama Ceptura, Feteasca Neagra, Prahova, Romania
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Crama Ceptura is a sister company to Purcari of Moldova. The very modern winery (2004) is in the village of Ceptura, the vineyards are on predominantly south-east facing slopes in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, in the famous Dealu Mare region north of Bucharest. The vineyards grow both indigenous (esp. Feteasca Regala and Feteasca Neagra ) and international varietals, in this, Romania’s warmest viticultural region.
Feteasca Neagra is an old grape variety that originated in Moldavia, producing wines of an almost Italian character, with red plum fruit, fresh acidity and ripe but firm tannins, and an intriguing spice note on the finish. The name means “Black Maiden”. This wine would suit meat based pasta dishes and charcuterie.
The wine industry suffered from the depression between the wars and was taken into state control with the emergence of the communist regime in the late 1940s. The focus during the communist years was on quantity rather than quality, this only changing gradually after the revolution of 1989 and the liberalisation that allowed EU membership in 2007.
The wine industry in Romania has recently benefitted from overseas investment and technology transfer, but has also looked back to the indigenous grapes that made its reputation in the 19thC and early 20thC. Figures for 2012 rank it 13th in the wine producing countries of the world, making nearly double the volume of New Zealand.
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