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Feteasca Regala

Feteasca Regala
Fetească Regala is an old light-skinned white grape variety native to Transylvania wine region of Romania. Fetească Regala 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 Feteasca Regala roughly translates to royal maiden or princess. It is a very common grape in Romania, and it is medium to late-maturing vine susceptible to botrytis, sensitive to drought, but frost-resistant to - 20 °C. The characteristics of the Fetească Regala are richer from the Albă variety with aromatic notes of green apple and tropical fruits and can be vinified in an off-dry style. The grape variety responds well to oak ageing, which can add complexity to the wines. Fetească Regala is sometimes blended with Muscat as well, particularly in sweet wines. Other plantings outside Romania are found in the Republic of Moldova and Hungary.

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