Prince Știrbey Novac


The ancestors of this grape variety, Negru Vârtos from southern Romania and Saperavi from Georgia, bond together in a grape variety which first saw the light of day in Drâgășani area. Needful of demanding crop care in the vineyard and sophisticated processing in the cellar, these grapes create a wine which diverges wide from everyday mainstream varieties: not a brash concentrated bang, but a finely nuanced, immensely deep, elegant and complex wine.

It matures for at least a year in 300 to 400-liter barrels, without any new wood, thus keeping the tannin structure in the background and letting the multilayered aromas of the grape unfold playfully on the palate. Fresh acidity grants this wine high potential for many years to come, promising a host of pleasantly rounded notes when it is decanted.

  • Year: 2018
  • Color: Red wine
  • Grape: Novac
  • Region: The Munteniei & Olteniei Hills region
  • Winery: Stirbey
  • Alcohol: 13,5 %
  • Aging: yes
  • Type: dry
  • Format: 0,75 l

For over 300 years the wines of Prince Știrbey family are grown according to a core of well-developed principles, preserved by each generation. Our wish is to respect them and pass them to the future generations, as well:

Discovery of traditional grape varieties

We are adepts of traditional grape varieties, evolved over the centuries and adapted to the pedoclimatic conditions of a wine region. Only there they can fully develop their personality. Vinifying them separately, we are only producing single grape wines, in order to reveal the individual character of each variety.

Discovery of Terroir

Soil, climate, flora and fauna, as well as customs of people working in our vineyards and in our winery, they all stongly influence the development of our grapes and wines – giving each single parcel a specific character – synthesized as Terroir or, in a profounder understanding, Genius Loci – the spirit of the place. Our aim is to convey this Genius Loci in all our wines.

Nature has priority

We are convinced that the forces of nature are able to give us much healthier and durable products than any human technical intervention could. We are nurturing the grapevines only by manual work and not mechanically, reducing chemical treatments down to a minimum. At vinification we respect the nature’s rhythm in fermentation and aging, thus not forcing the process through technical interventions.

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