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Feteasca Neagra

Feteasca Neagra
Fetească Neagră is an old dark-skinned red grape variety originating from the Moldova wine region of Romania responsible for the production for one of the best red wines from the country. Fetească Neagră is one of three varieties with similarly named Fetească, which means "maiden" in Romanian – the others are Fetească Albă and Fetească Neagră, as both of which are named for their colour (alba-white and neagra-black), and Regala means royal, and so Fetească Regala roughly translates to royal maiden or princess. The grape is very vigorous and has mid budding and mid to late ripening with compact bunches of thick-skinned berries. Resistant to drought and cold winter temperatures (to -22 °C) and botrytis rot, but susceptible to powdery mildew. Today, the plantings of Fetească Regala are decreasing, and it is usually produced as a monovaraetal wine, but in the past it was often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it more body and weight. Outside Romania, it can be found in the Republic of Moldova.

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