Company name: SC DOMENIUL COROANEI SEGARCEA SRL
Winery address/headquarters: 108 Dealul Viilor Street, Segarcea, Dolj Co.
Founded: 1884 / 2002
Region: Dealurile Olteniei
Area: 300 Ha
Bottled annually (in Litres): 1 200 000 L
Annual turnover: 21 600 000 Ron
Owners: Cornelia and Mihai Anghel
Wine experts: Cornelia Anghel and Ghislaine Guiraud
Wine labels: S- Segarcea, Gama Elite, Gama Prestige, Gama Vardo, Colectia Principesa Margareta, Colectia Minima Moralia, CXXV, Simfonie (magnum)
Vine varieties: Muscat Frontignan, Feteasca Alba, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan, Touriga, Syrah, Viognier
Short description: Domeniul Coroanei is a winery that has been resurrected under the guidance of its passionate owners Mihai and Cornelia Anghel. Domeniul Coroanei 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. The original winery was built in 1904.
Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea spreads over a blessed terroir with mild sun and harsh soil, like a precious mixture of basic nature and high-altitude human character. Segarcea estate lies on the 44° parallel, known as „the quality parallel”, in the Southern region of Romania called Oltenia. In Segarcea, vinegrowing is favoured by the terroir. The vines spread over the last hills that lead to the Danube. In the past, these hills were at the bottom of a sea which rose like a limestone pedestal covered nowadays by a chernozem bedding. All of these are ideal conditions to create strong character wines.
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.
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).
During half a century of Communist rule, the vineyard architecture underwent a profound modification, 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. Today the long tradition is not forgotten, with many of the royal features preserved and restored to their former glory. Mihai and Cornelia planted their first vines in 2005, yielding their first wines in 2007 and its first award – the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Our goal is to bring to life the highest standards of winemaking in Romania.
Contact: Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea, Cornelia Anghel
Phone: +40 251 210516