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The handicraft of wine

Vinule să fii gustos/Limpede și luminos/Precum față lui Hristos/Să fii jertfă omului ca sângele Domnului!

The above line is an ancient chant. Panciu inhabitants belief is that the wine is a gift that God left them and in autumn when the grapes are well ripened, in Panciu people make a divine wine through a traditional method which are kept this way over the years. Year by year, when must turns to wine City Panciu Hall organizes ‘City Panciu Days”, occasion on which wine makers are celebrated.

In Panciu city the art of making the wine is inherited from ancient times

Panciu vine estate – 10.000 hectares of grape vine. Romania’s geographical position and it’s diversified relief characterized by a chain of hills and knobs oriented from North to South and from East to West open tier upon tier of light which give to vineyards the opportunity to express it’s greatness through its fruits. Panciu vine estate lies in this environment where it is said that in ancient times Gods and Prophets had their feast. Situated in Curvature Carpathians on a 10.000 hectares range, Panciu vine estate is one the largest vineyards from Romania, and the grapes and the wine made here is representative for it’s quality and quantity.

History. A proof that on Panciu territory there is an old tradition regarding the cultivation of grapes can be considered a piece of an old carpic vase which was discovered in Padureni and has an ornament representing a string of wine and two generalized grapes. First documentary certification of wine plantation on Panciu territory dates from mid 2nd millennium AD. On his second journey to Moldavia, Goerg von Reichersterffer who was Ferdinand de Habsburg emissary for Romanian Lord Petru Rares (1527- 1538; 1541- 1546), makes remarks on his report regarding the large wine plantation on the area, plantations known then under the name of Podgoria Crucilor( Crux Vineyards). First written mentions regarding the vineyards from this area were made at the end of 16th century. In 1589 lord Petru Schiopu entrust to Bucium, High Steward of Wallachia, the vineyards from the Crux. In 17th century Crux was one of the most important locality from the area. All the documents written here show that the Crux was one of the largest locality in the vineyard

In Panciu vineyard tried to make space all the representatives of all social classes from Moldavia. Lords and hierarchs, boyars, craftsmen, shopkeepers and other bourgeois saw that in Panciu people make good wine and in big quantities. The situation of vineyards in this area are best shown in a book from 1861 called “Statistic Essays in Moldavia” in which references are made regarding the year 1859 when it is mentioned that there were 2870 hectares cultivated with vineyard, that meant 14% of the whole wine growing surface of Moldavia, evaluated at that time at 20.274 hectares.

Noble wines in noble cellars

At the end of 19th century the development of grape growing from this area has stopped because in 1890 phylloxera appeared. In 1913 and 1914 plasmopara viticole appeared and destroyed a large area of wine because at that time no cure was known. Starting with 1922 the vine growers from Panciu improved. It took hard work and patience in order for the Panciu vineyard to regain its status.


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