La Sapata - Romania
This winery was built on the oldest vineyards in Dobrogea, and had opened its doors in 2009.
Everything started when four Italian wine enthusiasts saw the potential of the sandy soils, where vines were cultivated for thousands of years. With consistent financial investments, 25 hectares of vines were planted near the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation. The soil was enriched with nutrients by wild species of plants, which had grown all over the fields in the last decades. During the winter months the temperature goes deep below 0°C, but spring and summer days bring enough sun for the vines to grow and develop.
The winemaker Roberto Di Filippo is very passionate about natural viticulture with low yields and healthy vines. He spends the most of his time with the local villagers in the vineyards, carefully guding the horses in regards to an ecological agriculture. The main varieties cultivated here are: Aligoté, Fetească Regală, Muscat Ottonel, Italian Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Băbească Neagră, Merlot and Sangiovese.
Among the representative labels of the winery, we discover the local grape Băbească Neagră under La Sapata brand, and an excellent wine made from the indigenous grape Fetească Regală.