Situated on the 45th parallel, just as the Tuscany and Bordeaux wine regions, the Dealu Mare winery is considered to be the home of red wines and one of Romania’s most reputed terroirs.
The Dealu Mare wine region is situated in the hills of the Sub Carpathians, between the Teleajen river in the West and the Buzau river in the East. Stretched over 14.500 hectares, ” The Country of the Red Wines” has a rich winemaking history, of over 2000 years.
Very similar to the one in the Mediterranean region, the microclimate in Dealu Mare provides a special development environment for vineyards, especially for red varieties: plenty of sunny days (on average, 14 days more than any other region in the country), little rain and rich soil.
Feteasca Neagra, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are just a few of the grapes that express a more interesting, complex personality in this area. This is also true for some white wines, such as the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Alba and Riesling.
Let’s go back to 1993, Romania. Despite apparently discouraging realities, in less than 4 years after the Romanian revolution, Count Guy de POIX (French producer of wines and owner of 50 ha of vineyards in Corsica – Domaine Peraldi) chose Romania, foreseeing the great quality potential of the Romanian vine-growing regions. Thus, in 1994, Guy de POIX laid the grounds of the first private company in Romanian wine business after 1989: The European-Romanian Society for Exquisite Wines (S.E.R.V.E.). This is how the brand “Vinul Cavalerului” (“Knight’s Wine”) was born. This brand is still considered the symbol of quality wine in Romania.
Meanwhile, the wines have been diversified, the company brought to the market a range of red and white “assemblages” under the name of Milenium (the red in 1999 and the white in 2001), and the first “cuvée” – Cuvée Charlotte (in 2001, with the 99 harvest). In 2005 the “Terra Romana“ brand was released, targeting the most exquisite tastes and sold exclusively in on trade and export markets.
Unfortunately, Guy de POIX passed away in January 2011. His business associate and wife, Mihaela, together with the team they have jointly created, are taking care of this noble bequest called S.E.R.V.E.
The construction of the present wine cellar began in 2000 and the first bottling took place in 2001, the first harvest (and eighth in the history of the company) was produced in 2002. The particularity of the S.E.R.V.E. wine cellar is its flexibility in the use and combination of both modern and traditional techniques and equipment. Total investment amounted to € 2,500,000, the vast majority of the funds was raised from the shareholders of the company.