Wine is the cultural and spiritual marker of a people. You can read the history of a people in its wines. For Dagon Clan, wine is the affirmation of a story.
In our case, the story of the soil in Dealul Mare, a region with a wine-making potential equal to that of other famous wine regions from around the world.
Wine is an experience. In it you feel the earth, the rain and sun, the wind and drought speak. Wine is the drink your ancestors made from vines that escaped collectivization, not some chemical formula containing large quantities of yeast, enzymes and activators.
I am also happy that I was able to breathe new life into an old vineyard dating back almost 50 years. And happy that I was able to make Feteasca Neagră, Feteasca Albă and Feteasca Regală part of the vocabulary of international wine critics. Dagon Clan is not just a wine. It is an opportunity.
Wine is life. The wilderness and elegance of the soil encapsulated in a glass. Although I’ve been making wines for over 20 years, I’m yet to master wine. It’s always surprising. It teaches you that it’s not you who makes the wine, but the wine that allows you to discover it.
In Romania, I had the good fortune to come across two incredible grape varieties: Feteasca Albă and Feteasca Neagră from the Dealul Mare region. In the right hands, Feteasca Albă and Feteasca Neagră stand proudly alongside the great wines of the world.
He joined the Dagon team in the spring of 2016 after a successful career at Tohani and having completed a number of apprenticeships in South Africa. Mihai studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest and is responsible for the production of Dagon wines under the guidance of Mark Haisma. When he’s not busy about the vineyard, Mihai is to be found working on the wine-making equipment and planning the transformation of the Dagon vineyard into a complex ecosystem.
Claudiu was born and raised in Valea Nucetului, just a dog’s walk away from the Dagon vineyard. After a long career working for Petrom, Claudiu decided to join the Dagon team, where he quickly became a jack-of-all-trades. He is also the caretaker and guardian of the vineyard, a skilful tractor driver, dog breeder and occasional male lingerie model.