Thematic Route: Gastronomic Route
Name of the Tourist Attraction: Corcova Winery
Location: It is located in the southwestern part of the country, on the territory of Mehedinţi County at a distance of 39 km from Drobeta Turnu Severin, on DJ607A.
Address : Main Street, No. 293, Corcova village, Mehedinți County.
Description: The Swine Company, Corcova, a Roy & Dâmboviceanu property, was founded in 2005.
Corcova Roy & Dâmboviceanu Wines, the best known in the area, are special because they have that “gout du terroir”, and because here are all the basic elements needed for the production of a high quality wine, namely temperate-continental climate with Mediterranean influences, soil with a varied lithological structure and a rich minerality specific to Motru Piemont, which belongs to the piemont unit, Getic Piemont, the noble vine, the endowment with modern winemaking equipment and, last but not least, the carefully planting and the selective harvesting of grapes.
Starting with 2005, 55 hectares of land have been replanted with vines of existing varieties during the Bibesti estate, namely: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and last but not least, Fetească Neagră. Of the 55 hectares currently planted, 40 hectares are planted with red varieties. In addition, the cellars built initially by Prince Antoine Bibescu were completely restored between 2008 and 2009, preserving the original architecture
Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations:
The Story of the Corcova Domanins
“ Traveler in Craiova
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” Pinot Noir ” from Corcova
‘Cabernet’ ‘of Sâmbureşti.’’
The village of Corcova, documentary attested in the charter issued by Radu cel Frumos in 1472, is located near the Coşuştea de Motru River, on the road of a Roman road. This settlement had several leaders, including the descendants of Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu and Prince Gheorghe Bibescu.
Corcova is one of the places with a long and beautiful history in terms of planting vines.
It is very likely that viticulture has been practiced here since the Dacian period, the place being quite close to Sarmizegetusa, the capital of the Dacian state.
The first documentary record of vineyards appears on July 1st, 1594, when Mihai Viteazu strengthens Necula, two vineyards in Corcova, but the first mention of the existence of the Corcova vineyards is a charter dated July 29th, 1497 through which the prince Radu the Great made a gift to the Tismana Monastery which consisted of 3000 liters of wine from Jidoştiţa, one of the Corcova plantations.
As an estate of the Bibescu family, Corcova will live its glorious life through the active contribution of Prince Anton Bibescu.
With a high education – lawyer, diplomat and writer – born in an old family of Romanian boyars, Prince Anton Bibescu was closely linked to the Corcova Domains.
After the destruction of the vineyards at the end of the nineteenth century by the phylloxera, a harmful insect attacking the roots of the plants, the prince decided to restore the vineyards of Corcova. For the restoration of the plantations, Aristoteles Sauget, head of the Nancy Agricultural Science Faculty was brought from France at the recommendation of Nicolae Titulescu. Sauget has planted on Corcova fields, varieties of noble vine from France, obtaining “Corcovin” and “Corcovel” wines, following the method of obtaining the Bordeaux wines, which neither of the communist-era IAS specialists managed to restore. The fame of the wines produced at Corcova at that time exceeded the borders of the country, most of the production being loaded into oak barrels and sent to Paris.
Not only for Prince Bibescu the spring and autumn at Corcova were moments of joy and tranquility. Her sister-in-law, the writer, Martha Bibescu, a great nobility at that time, chose to spend part of her life in the fields of Corcova.
Martha Bibescu as well as other writers and culture people (Ion Pilat, Ion Minulescu, Păstorel Teodoreanu), all friends of Prince Anton Bibescu, would tell, later on, in their writings about the vineyards and the mansion in Corcova.
Virgiliu Tataru, journalist and literary historian of Mehedinti records in “The Tragic Adventure of the Spirit”: „Prince Anton Bibescu was more than convinced that only in these places in the charming valley of Motru could he regain that constantly sought balance of body and soul, to start again with unprecedented impulses, with increased energies, on the waves of life in search of the eternal mystery of man’s destiny on earth. Here, in Corcova Mansion, he especially loved the springs, letting himself penetrated by the stunning scent of so many flowers he considered to belong only to this land, and which he thought he would never meet elsewhere. The prince loved the autums in Corcova as much as the springs and he had experienced moments of rare happiness everytime he saw the vast vineyards that were overwhelmed by fruit, and touched the grapes and the bruises that miraculously decaded the golden treasure of the summer sun.”
The prose writer and playwright Mihail Sebastian spent the forced home conviction, following the steps initiated by Prince Bibescu, at the Corcova Mansion. Here he would find his inspiration and write the play “The Star Without a Name”.
Marcel Proust, good friend of Prince Anton Bibescu, expressed, in the letters he had sent to him, the admiration for these places, which he would have desired to know: “Beloved names, like Corcova, were so familiar and close to me as Senlis and a thousand times dearest than Bonnelles, and I was trembling in not seeing them in any communique and I blame myself for not knowing enough and others that you must love and that are perhaps known in your memories, Emanue’s, Princess Bibescu’s. How much you are in my heart in these moments!”.
Slowly, after the establishment of the communism, the disappearance of the prince away from the places that eased his soul, then the fall of the communism, the fields of Corcova lost their perfume boem.
But the history, memories and notes of those who had seen the area in times when great writers, culture people and diplomats had taken their steps on the hills bathed by the noble grapes, led Stephen Dambovicanu and Michel Roy to invest here and redeem Corcova some of the lost charm. And because history often repeats itself, the two investors also needed a specialist in oenology. Laurent Pfeffer continues today, on the Corcova plantations, the work of Aristoteles Sauget that began long ago, trying to find the perfect balance between the classic wine-making principles of each variety and the specificity of the terroir.
The winnery can be visited pre-programming.
Timetable: Monday-Friday: 08:00-17:00 (13:00-14:00-break)
No toll is charged.
Wine tasting fees: 5 wines: 50 lei / 8 wines: 80 lei
Information and Contact:
Viticola Corcova SRL
Address: Corcova, 227125, Mehedinți county
Tel/ Fax: +40252/383.541 (Șerban Dâmboviceanu)
Route closed to other thematic routes:
You can also visit in the area:
- Anton Bibescu Mansion
- Voievozi Church, Corcova
- Coșuștei Valley, at a 13 km distance from Corcova.
Other useful information:
- Corcova Trail Race- Running Competition in the vineyard 3-5 August 2018 – organized by Corcova Roy & Damboviceanu Winnery together with the Sport Association for Health
- Contact: website: http://corcova.trailrace.ro;
The only accommodation unit in the area is Gabriel Pension: tel:+40752 835 174
GPS coordinates: lat/ long 44.698095, 23.047750