Feteasca Neagra

Feteasca Neagra is an indigenous grape variety to the Republic of Moldova but mostly grown in Romania. It is known for its distinctive dark colour and sweet, spicy aromas. It is grown in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Hungary and is used in both varietal wines and blends.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Producing deep, dark red wines, Feteasca Neagra is known as a full-bodied variety with a spicy character. Aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, anise, licorice and spices are present, with tannins that are often described as soft and velvety.

Fresh Feteasca Neagra grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Feteasca Neagra is mainly grown in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Hungary. Feteasca Neagra is a vigorous, high-yielding variety that prefers a warm, continental climate. It is resistant to cold winter temperatures. Feteasca Neagra generally has a vibrant acidity and typically requires some oak ageing to develop its full potential. It is sometimes compared to the Austrian variety Blaufrankisch. Feteasca Neagra produces a range of styles, ranging from light, fruity wines with a touch of sweetness to full-bodied, complex wines with notes of leather, tobacco and spices. In Romania, it is typically blended with other indigenous varieties such as Busuioaca de Bohotin and Tamaioasa Romaneasca. Feteasca Neagra pairs well with traditional Romanian dishes such as mititei (grilled sausages) and sarmale (cabbage rolls). It also goes well with grilled meats and cheeses, as well as dishes featuring mushrooms and herbs.

Foods to pair with Feteasca Neagra:

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Fun Fact about Feteasca Neagra
Feteasca Neagra translates to “black maiden” in Romanian, an homage to the dark colour of the grape.

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