- COMMENDED (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
Cramele Recas is a British-Romanian company privately owned by three families. Initially set up to be a state-run facility, both the winery and vineyards were sold by the Romanian government about 15 years ago. Since then it has taken a huge investment and modernisation programme to bring the quality levels up to international standards. Today it is one of Romania’s most modern and important wine companies.
As well as the winery the vineyards, needed improving too; over 600 hectares of vineyards have been replanted with French and Italian grown vines and all the agricultural equipment used for farming the vineyards has been fully replaced.
The vineyards are situated close to the Hungarian border in the Banat region; wine has been made here for thousands of years. When the Romans invaded the region in 106 A.D. they called the province Dacia (which has inspired the wine’s name Daciana) such was the regard for the wines produced in Dacia that the gold coins they issued here featured a child holding grapes.
Hartley Smithers is a Roseworthy College trained Australian winemaker who has been the Chief Winemaker here since 2008. Having made wine in France, Spain, Chile, Argentina and of course Australia, he has plenty of experience as does his Spanish wife Nora Iriarte who is also a winemaker at Cramele Recas!