The Corcova Roy & Damboviceanu vineyard currently encompasses 55 hectares on which traditional local strains were replanted, which were also in place during the existence of Bibescu estate, included in the DOC Mehedinti-Corcova authorized strains: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Feteasca Neagra, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a new strain, Syrah.
The Corcova wine bears the original footprint of the location and speaks of history, distinction, passion. The personality of the area is given by the advantageous intertwining of climate elements with the geological specificity, proper choosing of grape strains and especially the care for the wine-making process.
The climate of the area is temperate - continental, with sub-Mediterranean influences; especially during winter large moist and warm Mediterranean and oceanic air masses invade the area, making this season gentler, while summers are generally warm but with chilly nights due to the proximity to forests and mountains. The average annual air temperature: 11.5°C, while the average annual rainfall is approx. 600 mm.
The vine was planted from North to South in order to attain the longest exposure to the light and warmth of the sun. Thus, grapes reach maturity in a balanced manner.
The control teams, with the help of state of the art software, identify tens of thousands of vine stocks and trace their features: plant increases, quantity of grapes produced, number of clusters, period of ripening, accumulated sugar, colour, taste etc. The strings of the most representative stocks for the respective strain are chosen with the best results in order to obtain quality wines.
Nothing was done by chance. The rows were planted at a distance of 1.80 meters and the stocks were planted at 0.9 or 1 meter. The distance between the stocks, respectively the density of plants per hectare influence significantly the quality of the grapes. Due to the fact that the roots of the vine have a limited space to develop and the team carefully checks the growth of the vine, the nutrient elements in the soil naturally and directly reach the grapes in a higher proportion, thus increasing their flavour and intensifying their colour. The concentration of the grape, a lot smaller this time, is far more intense.
Another convincing aspect for the Corcova Roy & Damboviceanu philosophy is that we avoid the use of herbicides. The grass, a natural rival of the vine, is kept within the red-wine strains in order to force the intense development of grapes.
The harvesting is made by hand and the grape caskets are transported with the utmost care, grapes are selected manually, at the triage table and pressing is carried out slowly. The grapes' integrity is valued all their long journey from the vineyard to the bottle.
Corcova company's interest in social responsibility focuses on environment protection and sustainable development. In fact, the company's interest in supporting an environment, which is as healthy as possible, is best expressed by the words of ecologist David Brower: "We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we just borrow it for our children".
According to the understanding of Roy & Damboviceanu team, sustainable development is defined, broadly, as improvement of the quality of the production process and of the life of each employee now and for the generations to come. Thus, a link can be made between what economic development, company values and environment protection truly mean.
In Corcova, on the estate of the Bibescu Family, wine was the centre for exchanging ideas, intense living, where memorable writings sprung and an impressive number of personalities developed. This is a heritage that the company is now taking care of. For more information on this topic, access this link
Corcova Roy & Damboviceanu wines are special and have that "gout du terroir", because all the necessary elements meet in the same place: a temperate-continental climate with Mediterranean influence - warm and dry summers, gentle winters, with increased rain fall; soils with a diverse lithological structure and rich in minerals, specific to the Motru Piedmont, that is part of the largest piedmont area in the country, the Getic Piedmont; noble vine with the proper strains and the careful and responsible work of the Corcova Roy&Damboviceanu team.» details
The wine cellars were fully renovated and modernized throughout 2008-2009. With the support of the EFARD (European Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development), the wine cellars were equipped with modern machines and tools that facilitate processing, according to European standards.» details