Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea is part of a century-old story of an unquiet destiny.

Official document from 1884 certifying that Segarcea became a royal domain.

A wine for
a king

Segarcea — “the land of dream” as its Latin roots predict — is one of the twelve domains that the Royal House of Romania took under administration during Carol I, King of Romania, in 1884, by Parliament decision. This is how the Administration of the Royal Domains (ADC) was established.

The role of the royal domains was to support financially the Royal House, but also to become agricultural hubs in the avant-garde of technology and knowhow.

Among these domains, Segarcea was assigned the role of vineyard and winery, under the supervision of distinguished agronomists and winegrowers coordinated by Florian Davidescu and Dobre Radulescu.

Ever since, the wines from Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea have accompanied the country’s kings and statesmen to diplomatic receptions and witnessed history making, like a faithful servant.

DCS & The Royal family

His Majesty King Mihai, Princess Margareta of Romania, and Anghel family at Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea winery.

A vineyard that was loved and respected gave to its King the best of its potential. Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea was born as a rootstock and vine nursery, where 60 varietals were produced, then became a vineyard of 300 ha. Between 1906 and 1908 the winery was built, based on the project of two Romanian architects, Iosif Exner si Jean Pompilian, under Stefan Făgădău supervision. It was one of the first buildings made of steel reinforced concrete in Romania. Designed in a greek cross shape and built for gravitational winemaking, the new cellar bore the royal symbols of the Crown: the royal family coat of arms and the royal lilies chaplet that embellished its entry.

DCS - Royal Coat Of Arms

The royal family coat of arms and the royal lilies chaplet embellish the cellar entry

The domain thrived under the administration of the Royal House and the qualities of the terroir were officialy recognised when, by an ordinance of the Council of Ministers issued in May 1929, the vineyard in Segarcea was recognised as „having the right to obtain Controlled Denomination of Origin (D.O.C.) wines”. The wines produced in Segarcea were highly prized in international competitions of the time. When oenologist Temistocle Jugureanu was in charge of winemaking, the products (wines and wine-distillate) brought back gold medals from Paris (1936).

The domain’s renaissance

During half a century of Communist rule, the vineyard architecture underwent a profound modification and the surfaces cultivated were joined together, but at the same time productivity prevailed over quality. A period of decay followed. Then, by a fortunate coincidence, Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea was officially taken over by the Anghel family, Romanian entrepreneurs, on the 10th of May 2002, which is the very day of the Romanian royalty anniversary.

DCS Anghel Family

Cornelia and Mihai Anghel at Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea winery.

Every single investment that has been made ever since contributed to restoring and preserving the royal values, with the goal of bringing to life the highest standards of winemaking in Romania.

The plantation was entirely reorganized starting with 2005, so as to respect the configuration from the royal time: 60% of the surface is destined to red varieties and 40% to white varieties.

The restoration of the winery was made by extension of the original building around the core built at the beginning of the XX-th century. Both the old cellar architecture and the gravitational winemaking system were preserved.

What was added to this heritage was state-of-the-art technology to meet the highest standards of winemaking: stainless steel controlled temperature tanks, pigeage (punching down of the cap) and remontage (pumping-over) tanks, pneumatic presses and an entirely automatic bottling line. The grape processing flow is also completely automatic, which softens the mechanical intervention over the product.

This technology allows for long maceration-fermentation and aging of the reds but also for capitalization of fine lees in white wines, by perfoming bâtonnage in order to refine the structure and emphasize the flavours.

Thus, traditional winemaking methods are respected and implemented by cutting-edge technology, under the careful supervision of the owner, assisted by a French oenologist, Mrs. Ghislaine Guiraud, who creates the lines of style in Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea winemaking.

Mrs. Ghislaine Guiraud, Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea's French Oenologist consultant

Mrs. Ghislaine Guiraud, Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea's French Oenologist consultant

A patrimony that was valued and preserved
Heritage

Royal heritage bottles

While the Domain was gradually brought to life, particular care and interest were granted to preserving the historical identity of the place.

The estate inherited an old plot in the vineyard, planted with Tamaioasa Roza, dating back from the 1900s. This grape is part of the Muscat family and a relative of Muscat Rouge de Frontignan which was once cultivated in the South of France but seems to have disappeared. The multiplication of Tamaioasa Roza was made by using the 2000 plants which survived in Segarcea for a century. There are currently 14 ha planted with this grape. The Muscat grapes come in three varietals: white, red and black – of which the red is found in Segarcea.

The history and geography of the domain is marked by the railway built at the end of the XIX-th century, which still cuts through the estate like an old time scar on the face of the rejuvenated vineyard. It connects the cities of southern Romania to those near the Danube and it was used in the past when the Blue Train brought the Royal Family to Segarcea.

A precious wine collection with bottles dating back from 1917 to 1974 is also here to link the past to the present. It preserves the very essence of the estate and the proof of winemaking in Segarcea. It has inspired the philosophy of the rejuvenated estate as the royal bottles inspired the modern choices in the present assortment.