Somewhere around IVth century, in Pietroasele, Atanaric Visigoth king hid his treasure, known as the Pietroasele Treasure or the Petrossa Treasure. It is said that when this thesaurus was hidden by the Visigoths for fear of the Huns, grape-vine crops were an important element in these lands.
Owing to the tradition and the climate exceptionally suited for grape-growing, in Pietroasele, the first wine-growing nursery of Romania’s modern epoch was established, in 1893, followed by the establishment of a grafting school, in 1894. Another event in this vineyard’s history, as well as Romanian viticulture’s history, occurred in 1924, when the Pietroasa Viticulture and Oenology Station was established, the first profile research unit in the country.
Through its soil and climate conditions, the Pietroasa viticultural domain distinguishes from the one in Urlaţi through its osseous soil, with high limestone content, established on calciferous soil, the terrain exposure, its rich heliothermal resources and a regime low enough on precipitation. Consisting of high temperatures and low precipitations, this region is excellent for sweet and flavoured grape varieties.
Basilescu Winery owns over 40 ha cultivated with: Busuioacă de Bohotin, Romanian Muscatel, White Maiden and Italian Riesling, from the wine category with Controlled Origin Naming (D.O.C.) – Pietroasa. This is the region from which grapes from in the Ingeri din Micul Paris, Eclipse and Dessert-wines – Busuioacă de Bohotin gamut, withdraw their sap.
“Wine’s Stone”, as Dealu Mare vineyard is known, has an old wine-growing tradition, as confirmed archaeological diggings. First written documents about the existence of grape-vine crops in this region dates back to XIVth and XVth centuries. Foreign records tell it used to produce a wine with a “buttery, yet with a big and lasting taste”, comparing it to Europe’s best wines.
This vineyard was well-renowned for its red-wine grape-variety crops. Nicolae Iorga documented in a Slavic missionary’s notes, who went by the name of Bacsici, saying that “the most important vineyards of Muntenia during Constantin Brâncoveanu’s time (1688-1724) were those around Dealu Mare, nearby Ploieşti”. Even in that time, Dealu Mare vineyard’s wines were renowned through their profusion and exceptional qualities, being highly requested even abroad. The vineyards remained most renowned for the Feteasca Neagra native grape-variety.
The toponymy of the region is related to wine. Nicolae Iorga documents that the region’s name originates from wine, more precisely from the effects ensuing drinking it, the bacchic state – “a howl of joy”. Ever since 1880, wines from Urlati region were awarded with golden medal by the Concordia Română society within the Romanian Arts and Industries Exhibition.
Basilescu Winery holds 60 ha of vineyards in the viticultural center of Urlaţi, with a high viticultural potential for high quality red and white wines: Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Burgund Mare, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Feteasca, etc.
Here we produce high quality wines that possess character and elegance, framed into the Controlled Origin Naming category (D.O.C. – (ro.) “Denumirea de Origine Controlată”) – Dealu Mare, such as Golem, Ingeri din Micul Paris and Eclipse.