Prince Matei is a name synonymous with high quality Merlot, becoming as a symbol of top Romanian wines since the late ’90s. The Domain, however, has a much longer and a bit more complicated story. Located in Zoresti, near the western end of the Dealul Mare region, the current estate – Villa Zorilor – was built by the parents of Vasile Carlova, one of the first Romanian-language poets, between the 18th and 19th centuries. The vineyard, however, belonged to his family since the end of the 16th century.
After 1990, the cellars and vineyards in Zoresti were privatized and became part of the Vinarte company, where some of the first premium and superpremium wines in post-Communist Romania were born. After the recent reorganization of Vinarte, however, the vineyard and the winery were acquired by ViaViticola, the holding company that also owns Viticola Sarica Niculitel, and the brand of the top wine became the winery’s brand – Prince Matei Domains.
The vineyard currently covers 80 hectares, from an altitude of 70 to 200 meters, and includes plots planted with Feteasca Neagra, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Feteasca Alba and Feteasca Regala grapes, producing 4 to 8 tons per hectare.