Alira Grand Vin Fetească Neagră


Dominated by a strong note of white truffle, the wine gradually opens up to black fruits, fresh and smoked plums, eucalyptus and espresso foam.

Dark chocolate flavor is combined with plums, bitter cherries and coffee. This wine reveals notes of blood oranges of Sicily and Cayenne pepper in the long and fruity finish.


We hand-pick the grapes then we carefully select them.

Cold maceration of whole berries is performed from 3 to 5 days at 14 °C.

Alcohol fermentation (100% with addition of selected yeast strains) is controlled at 26-28 °C during 6-8 days and it is followed by maceration from 12 to 15 days in thermo-regulated tanks.

The Ageing has been performed in French barrique for approximately 14 months.

2013 Nov, Premiile de Excelență Vinul.Ro: GOLD medal

  • Aging: 5 - 8 years
  • Alcohol: 13,5 %
  • Format: 0,75 l
  • Grape: Fetească neagră
  • Production: 25,500 bottles
  • Region: The Danube Terraces wine region
  • Vineyard: Oltina DOC
  • Color: Red wine
  • Type: dry
  • Winery: Alira
  • Year: 2017

The vineyard is between Aliman (border town) and Rasova, on the hills near the Danube river. The place meets almost all conditions to create a small paradise: deciduous forests, ponds filled with fish, birds of all species, locust tree forests great for the beehives of the locals, and rich land perfectly suited for vines.

This piece of paradise was incomplete without a drop of good local wine.

Passionate about wine, businessman Dr. Karl Hauptmann wanted a coquette vineyard, in a country which he fell in love with at first sight: Romania.

The land was discovered by a happy chance. After the first surface of soil which initially seemed promising proved to be too salty, as shown by the soil study, the team, on their way back, passed through Aliman.

At that moment, Marc Dworkin, the French winemaker sent by Karl, felt he had to stop the car and check out an enormous plot of land cultivated with corn, nearby.

Sensing the breath of the soil is one of his talents. He stepped out of the car and examined the place closer, in silence. Later on, that plot of land would host and enjoy superb rows of vines.

The intuitive selection of the soil was merely the beginning of a thorough study. Detailed analyses of the soil, completed in a laboratory in France, confirmed, once again, Marc Dworkin’s calling for great wines. He was right!

Now, the paradise from Aliman is complete.

Here are the technical details about the terroir from Aliman and Rasova:

The viticulture area Dobrogea Hills is part of the Dobrogea Plateau delimited by the Danube, the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border.

Physical-geographical characteristics: mainly plateau relief alternating with areas of low-moderate altitude and fragmentation, with a sandy loess layer and moist continental bio-climate, favorable for vines.

Eco-climate: large quantity of global radiation (89-91kcal/cm) and of helio-thermal resources (IH=2.37- 2.45), with lowest levels of hydro resources (CH =0.7 – 0.8).

Precipitations: low (212 – 257 mm in the vegetation period)

Lithological characteristics: predominant loess deposits, interrupted by the Sarmatian conchiferous limestones. The loess has a clayey-sandy texture, while rendzinas are encountered on the slopes and on the highly eroded soils.

All these technical characteristics are favorable to high quality vine crops and to the creation of exceptional rich and fruity wines. In fact, that’s all we ever wanted, to make great wines for people who deserve them.

When you taste our wines, you don’t just feel the strong aromas or the complex structure, you also feel the story behind the wines, the hard work of each and every person that invested effort, time and passion for you to enjoy a great moment: the Alira wines.

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