Corcova in the Media (60)

Friday, 21 June 2013 18:55

Corcova Wines, Cultivated Delights

Written by Corcova

Corcova is (already, or, better said, again) an European brand, but meanwhile we could say without fear of mistake that it is a true national emblem. Corcova is representing abroad our country and the tradition of making quality wines on these lands. Because we have a long tradition of cultivating vineyards, which goes back in history to the Dacs. And the existence of the Corcova vineyards, near the Motru Mountains, is testified by official documents from the 16th century.
You can find the story of Corcova wines, the story of the revival of the famous local vineyard in the 2000 years, also a short presentation of the types of wines produced under the brands Corcova and Jirov in the latest issue of Business Woman Magazine, inside The Story of a Brand column.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 18:00

The Story Of A Success

Written by Corcova

Recently Serban Damboviceanu was invited in the Radu Moraru’s show, on Nasul TV channel, where he has spoken about the success story of the Corcova wines.
First, his passion for wines was mainly a hobby – he didn’t thought that it would turn into a serious business. After achieving his studies in France, he came back in Romania in 2005, having in mind to buy some vineyards, but only 2 hectares, in order to obtain some small quantities of wine. He imagined that organizing a wine business, from obtaining process to marketing and sales, is something quite easy to do. But when he realized that things are much more complicated, and meanwhile he discovered the huge potential of such an activity, he decided to become completely involved into such an adventure.
Together with a French business partner, Michel Roy, Serban Damboviceanu has completely re-built a vineyard in Mehedinti county. It is about the vineyard from Corcova, a village which has the proper climate and soil for grape culture.
Once famous, the vineyard from Mehedinti was a ruin, but the beauty of this region and the art of wine skills of the people who lived there convinced him to invest there. It was also a lucky situation: there were European funds available to this kind of business. It was difficult to obtain these funds, but he eventually did.
The two investors have bought almost 200 hectares of Corcova land. Among them, only a few were cultivated at the moment, but not in a proper manner. They have started by planting new grape varieties, bought from France, on 28 hectares, and today the vineyard has already 100 hectares, placed on the best areas. From the beginning the idea was to obtain some high quality wines – that’s why the grape varieties have been chosen very carefully.
Romania has a huge potential in the wine production. First, the soil and the climate, the so-called terroir, are very good for the grape cultures. Here, there is a place for new terroirs, which could provide special wines, differently from France of Italy, where things are already settled. Secondly, in our country there still exist free lands, where one could plant vineyards, differently from other countries, which have no new lands anymore. Last, but not least, in the traditional wine countries, like France and Italy, the climate is changing, it becomes excessively hot, but Romania still enjoys a continental tempered climate. We can say that our country could become a real El Dorado of wines.
The vineyards from Corcova have an old story, being for the first time mentioned in an official paper issued by Mihai Viteazu ruler himself. But Prince Bibescu was the one who made famous the Corcova wines, between the two World Wars, obtaining recognition and appreciation of some very important personalities from the cultural and high society world, mostly from Paris high society people, who used to influence the new social trends in all Europe. In fact, Prince Bibescu himself belonged to this select and exigent world, because he was born in Paris and he lived there, coming to Romania only in holidays. His vineyard in Corcova was managed by a French specialist, who was an oenologist, recommended to the Prince by Nicolae Titulescu, the Romanian Ambassador in France at the time. That’s why Roy & Damboviceanu have decide to breed especially French varieties of grapes, in order to revive the tradition.
Having a powerful brand, a quality production and a previous commercial experience, Serban Damboviceanu has focused on the building of a sales strategy. In the wine making industry, the only problems are those linked to the climate – warmth, rains, hall storms, thing which you can’t control. These details can delay the production of even ruin it. There are better years and worst years – the taste of the grapes is not identical each year, depending on the climate, the ripen period, the harvest moment. Of course, the general features of a wine, its identity, its taste, which are given by the four defining elements – climate, soil, human intervention and grape variety, are kept. More than that, in the wine business you should have in mind the taste of the consumers from a specific country, the local culture and traditions.
Serban Damboviceanu is fully involved in his wine business, working in the sales and exports domain, which entails a lot of trips. The other partner, Michel Roy, is well grounded also in the commercial domain. At Corcova there is French technical manager, who is also oenologist – he manages both vineyard and wine cellar. The entire team is very stable, working there from 2005 – this is really important for the final result.
Serban Damboviceanu has also discussed about the importance of building notoriety and awarness for the Romanian wines, which are still sold worldwide under their real price. This should be done not only by winning some professional contests, but also by obtaining the high appreciation of some of the biggest international wine critics and oenologists. When they mark a wine as good, the demand for the producer raises instantly. Corcova has already made a first step in this direction – two of its wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, were mentioned by the famous wine critic Jancis Robinson. Of course, for obtaining a better rank of the Romanian wines, there is need for a well planned PR activity, and some commune actions of the Romanian producers abroad.
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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 19:01

A Glass Of Wine For Our Health

Written by Corcova

It is known that, especially when it pairs to a healthy diet, for example a Mediterranean one, a glass of wine is good for our health. French people even apply this "method" of the glass of wine to each meal, in order to help the digestion and to keep their good form. Of course, for this you need a natural and quality wine, not too strong, and to drink it with moderation. But what means moderation? Around 150 ml daily for women and 300 ml daily for men. And the secret is to consume the wine on a daily basis, in small amounts, and not to drink a lot, from time to time.
Among wines, the red one could be considered the healthiest. In the first place, it contains less sulphites – it there are too many, the color of the wine is damaged. And if the red wine is dry, it is even more healthier, because sweet wine is hard to process by the liver, because of the added sugar.
The wine is food, medicine, but meanwhile a "cultural" ingredient, being present to all important social events of the human communities, in all historical moments. And for the Christian Easter, the red wine is like a sign, like an emblem, together with painted eggs and pound cake.
In the Profu’ Menci TV show on Antena 2 channel, the 6th of May, Cecilia Caragea has discussed about the advantages of the wine for our health and about the quality wines from Corcova, too.
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:54

The Corcova Wines between Tradition and Modernity

Written by Corcova

We invite you to watch a short presentation movie about the meaning of Corcova universe. History, tradition and passion have met in a place blessed by God, where the favorable natural environment, the care about nature and the respect of quality give birth to the highly appreciated Corcova wines.
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Monday, 12 November 2012 20:17

Wine and health

Written by Corcova

Wine is not only a liquid which delights the spirit. From Hippocrates to Louis Pasteur, many doctors and scientists sustained that the red wine could extend our lives. Nowadays, the studies made during the last decades confirm the healthy effects of the wine (consumed with moderation, of course) on our organism. Everything started with the so called French paradox: in 1992, the researchers discovered that, surprisingly, in France, a country well known for the abundant fat in the alimentation, but also for the high consume of wine, the mortality caused by the heart infarct was with 40% lower that in other countries. Why? Because of the red wine, which has a protection role on the cardiovascular system. The qualities of the wine, especially of the red wine, come from the resveratrol, a natural anti-oxidant contained in the skin of the black grapes. It was proved that, through their antioxidant properties, the polyphenols of the wine fight the bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower the atherosclerosis risk. The specialists estimate that a quality red wine contains almost 300 active substances - among them vitamins (A, B and C), mineral salts, and oligoelements which are indispensable to our body to function optimally.
In order to fully enjoy the pleasure and the healthy effects of the wine, it is important how to choose the proper wine. Everything counts: from the color to the age, and to the way the wine was kept. Being invited to the Ce se intampla, doctore? TV show on PRO TV channel, Serban Damboviceanu, the producer of Corcova wines, has spoken about the links between wine and health, but also about the most important aspects which should guide us in choosing the right wine.
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Saturday, 20 October 2012 20:30

A successful combination: Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

Written by Corcova

More and more popular worldwide, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot wine is more and more wanted on the Romanian wine market, too. We invite you to find out more about this classic combination from the most recent issue of Secretele bucatariei magazine, and to enjoy the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot from the new wine brand Jirov, which you can find in the Mega Image chain, but you can also order it online.

Friday, 05 October 2012 16:51

The long way of the grapes to the wine

Written by Corcova

In Corcova, the harvest time is at the end. Like every year, the harvest will be honored by a family party, which will be organized this weekend. The vineyard gave its harvest, and this moment has to be celebrated, but this doesn’t mean the work is over. In a vineyard as Corcova, the work never ends, as Serban Damboviceanu confessed in the Dincolo de aparente TV show on Antena 2. In fact, right now the metamorphosis, the transformation of the grapes in wine stars, a process which will delight our spirit with its richness of flavors which go together on their own rhythm, in a secret dance, like the musical notes in a beautiful symphony...
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Friday, 05 October 2012 15:09

A dream came true

Written by Corcova

For Serban Damboviceanu, the science of wines began as pure curiosity, but then became a true passion. After many years of gaining professional experience in France, Poland and Italy, Serban Damboviceanu returned home, in Romania, among his family and friends, and he succeeded, through the Corcova vineyard, to accomplish a dream: to produce an excellent Romanian wine.
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Friday, 05 October 2012 14:15

In the world of the good wines

Written by Corcova

When he left for France, in order to study the Law in Strasbourg, Serban Damboviceanu didn't think that, years later, he would become the owner of a Romanian vineyard which provided, once, wine which conquered the so fastidious Paris... There, in the heart of Alsace, where he was one of the founders of the Romanian Students in Strasbourg Association, Serban Damboviceanu became familiar with the fascinating universe of the wine. A new selection from the Antena 2 TV show Dincolo de aparente of Florentina Fantanaru, where Serban Damboviceanu is telling us about the opening and the perspectives he had benefited by studying abroad.
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Friday, 05 October 2012 12:53

At home, in Corcova...

Written by Corcova

The wines of Corcova are the result of a team work, the fruit of the abnegation and abilities of people like Serban Damboviceanu and the French oenologist Laurent Pfeffer. For Serban Damboviceanu, Corcova became "at home". And how else could be when the Corcova vineyards are settled in a dream landscape, in a region blessed by God, where you have the unique satisfaction of the work made with your own hands...
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