Terra Romana, or to give it its official name The European-Romanian Society for Exquisite Wines (SERVE), was established by Corsican domaine-owner and winemaker Count Guy Tyrel de Poix in 1993. Backed by his own money and investment from fellow Frenchmen he established one of the first private wine cellars in Romania and produced the first vintage in 1995.
The estate in Dealu Mare, some 100km from Bucharest, now comprises 100 hectares of vines planted on soils which the Count considered to be close to virgin because the smallholders from whom he bought the land had not been previously used artificial fertilisers and pesticides. New, modern cellars were constructed and efficient vineyard practices introduced and the quality of the wines gets better and better.
Sadly the Count passed away in 2011 and has been succeeded by his wife Mihaela at the head of the business and by Louis Herade de Breuil as winemaker. They produce pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, riesling and chardonnay as well as native varieties feteasca neagra (which Count Guy particularly admired) and feteasca alba.