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Plăvaie

Originally from the Vrancea region, from Plăvaie are made young, mineral wines with high acidity, which are recommended to be consumed in the first two years after bottling.

PRINCIPAL SYNONYMS

Plăvană, Brumăria, Bălană, Bălaia, Bălaie, Poamă Plăvaie, Plăvaie de Vrancea.

ORIGINS AND PARENTAGE

Plăvaie is a prefiloxeric white native variety, whose origin can be identified in the XVIIIth century in the Vrancea region. The story of the variety’s name is picturesque, referring to the color of the grapes that was very similar to the white-yellowish or gray-white of the sheep, animals that had an essential role in the agriculture and economy of Vrancea at that time.

 VITICULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS

The plant is very vigorous compared to other native varieties. It is resistant to diseases, low temperatures (till -15°C/ 5°F) and drought. Plăvaie has an increased yield, with compact clusters, with grapes that can be harvested starting with the second half of September.

WHERE IT GROWS AND WHAT THE WINES TASTE LIKE

Plăvaie is widespread in the Moldova region, especially in Vrancea County in the Odobeşti, Coteşti and Panciu vineyards, being as popular as Şarbă or Galbenă de Odobeşti. The variety is also spread in the Republic of Moldova, where it is known as Brumăria, but also in countries like Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Austria and Bulgaria.

The wines made from this grape variety are dry, fresh and recommended to be consumed in the first two years after bottling and characterized by green apples, grapefruit, lime juice and lemon peel aromas. Also, due to the increased acidity, the variety can be used to create memorable sparkling wines or brandies.

The Wines that are recommended to be consumed at 6-8°C (43-46°F) and consumed either plainly or with young Romanian cheeses, fish brine, grilled chicken breast with vegetables or along with the food you like.

Zghihară de Huși

This old Romanian variety produces crisp, easy-drinking whites.

MAIN SYNONYMS: Ghihară, Poama Zosănească, Sghigardă Galbenă, Zghihară, Zghihară Galbena, Zghihară Verde Batută

ORIGINS AND PARENTAGE
As suggested by its name, Zghihară de Huși probably comes from the region of Huși in Romania’s Eastern region of Moldova, where it was known long before phylloxera hit the country at the end of the 19th century and where it still shows a high level of morphological diversity (Galet 2000). It has often been considered to be a selection of GALBENĂ DE ODOBEȘTI (Dejeu 2004) but this hypothesis has not yet been tested by DNA profiling.

VITICULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS
Vigorous, early to mid budding, mid to late ripening. Medium-sized, thin-skinned berries. Susceptible to downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot. Resistant to downy mildew and drought and some resistance to cold winter temperatures.

WHERE IT GROWS AND WHAT THE WINE TASTES LIKE
Zghihara de Husi wines are very fresh, relatively neutral, with light notes of apple or pear, sometimes lightly acacia-scented and designed for early drinking, although they can be quite strong. Senator and Domeniile Avereşti are two of the very few producers of varietal wines. There were 95 ha (235 acres) in 2008, all in the Huși region in Romania’s far east, close to the border with the Republic of Moldova, but some were for home winemaking. It is also used to make brandy.

Galbenă de Odobești

A gradually declining Romanian variety, which produces everyday whites.

MAIN SYNONYMS: Bucium de Poamă Galbenă, Galbenă de Căpătanu, Galbenă Grasă, Galbenă Uriaşă, Poamă Galbenă.

VARIETIES COMMONLY MISTAKEN FOR GALBENĂ DE ODOBEȘTI: Narancsszolo (Hungary), ORANGETRAUBE (Germany)

ORIGINS AND PARENTAGE
An old variety, Galbenă de Odobești probably originated in Căpătanu, near Odobești, eastern Romania. At least three berry-colour variations have been described, suggesting that the variety is very old: Galbenă Măruntă (pale yellow), Galbenă Verde (yellow-green) and Galbenă Aurie (golden-yellow). Galbenă de Odobești is said to be morphologically similar to other obscure or almost extinct local varieties: Alb Romanesc, Berbecel, Cruciuliță, Batută Neagră, Cabasma Neagră, Cabasma Albă and ZGHIHARĂ DE HUȘI (Dejeu 2004).

VITICULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS
Mid- to late budding and late ripening. Compact bunches of thin-skinned berries. Very susceptible to botrytis bunch rot, downy and powdery mildews and drought. Winter-hardy to around -18 °C (-0.4 °F).

WHERE IT GROWS AND WHAT THE WINE TASTES LIKE
During the Soviet era, Galbenă de Odobești was valued in Romania for its productivity rather than its quality and today it is still used mainly for bulk and/or blended wine, although Vincon Vrancea bottle a varietal version. Wines are light, highly acid and designed for early drinking. Total plantings in 2008 were 407 ha (1,006 acres), almost all in the southern half of Romania’s Moldova eastern region, down from 500 ha (1,236 acres) in 1995.