–De la Sharon Parsons – participanta la sfârșitul lui august la #winelover hangout. Primele impresii despre România și vinurile sale.
–Just imagine it is the end of summer and you are on a vine-inspired adventure in Romania. What follows is an overview of my recent visit, which was filled with great wines and food, and amazing hospitality. Future posts will cover winery visits and wine discoveries in Southern Romania, home to stunning castles and awesome wines.
Nearing Harvest Time, Avinics Vineyard © Spaswinefood
Romania, one of the oldest viticultural regions in the world, has had a long tradition of wine making, dating back 4000 years. Like many Eastern European countries that tradition was stifled under communist occupation. Romania was used to provide cheap low quality wine to meet the demands of the Soviet Union. After the revolution in 1989, the production of quality of wine making has become a primary focus. Today Romania is an emerging star in the wine world. During my wine adventure in Southern Romania I was introduced to white wines, with names like Fetească Alba, Fetească Regala; and red wines like Fetească Neagră.
Vignettes from a Vine-inspired Adventure
Land of Castles & Wine © Spaswinefood
Bran Castle © Spaswinefood
During a stop at the historical Rhein Winery we enjoyed a Sparkling wine tasting and lunch.
A Mountain Retreat, Dambovicioara © Spaswinefood
During dinner that evening in Dambovicioara we tasted a number of wines.
Crama Oprisor, Zinfandel Alb 2015 © Spaswinefood
Halewood Wines, Chardonnay 2014 © Spaswinefood
Divinitas Fetească Neagră 2013 © Spaswinefood
Next morning we continued to our first winery visit at Domeniul Coroanei, Segarcea.
Domeniul Coroanei Wines © Spaswinefood
Domeniul Coroanei Wines © Spaswinefood
Epoch Restaurant, Craiova © Spaswinefood
Domeniile Mennini, Stelle di Mari Rosé © Spaswinefood
Lunch was at the Blue Window, Slatina was outstanding. It is worth finding this place just to dine.
Blue Window, Slatina © Spaswinefood
That afternoon in the Dragasani wine country we visited three wineries Crama Bauer, Crama Stirbey and Crama Avincis. Crama Bauer is a new winery right next door to Crama Stirbey.
Crama Bauer © Spaswinefood
The wines here are unique. Try them if you get a chance.
Drama Bauer Wines © Spaswinefood
At Crama Stirby we were introduced to its rich, historical past and tasted an exciting lineup of wines. I loved this place, with its amazing hospitality and great views.
#Winelover Just Chilling © Spaswinefood
Crama Stirby Wines © Spaswinefood
We were most fortunate to spend the night at Crama Avinics, which is the perfect set-up for enotourists. At Crama Avinics our host was Ghislain Moritz, Oenologist. Here we toured the winery, vineyards and did a wine tasting.
Return to Bucharest
Next day on our way back to Bucharest we stopped at Vinarte Bolovanu. Here we were introduced to some premium Cabernet Sauvignon wines. These wines are quite special.
Diana Pavelescu, Jivei Wines © Spaswinefood
It was a delightful evening with #winelover friends.
Jidvei Wines with Dinner © Spaswinefood
Prahova Wine Country
Next morning it was off to Prahova where we visited Licorna Winehouse and Domeniile Tohani.
Gabi Lăcureanu, Licorna Winehouse © Spaswinefood
Our next stop was a tour of the stunning Domeniile Tohani with Marina Samoila. This was at followed by a fabulous wine tasting of Domeniile Tohani wines over lunch at Ferma Dacilor.
Domeniile Tohani Wines with Lunch © Spaswinefood
Yes, this is another must visit wine region. Domeniile Tohani will be opening a new hotel and restaurant in the near future.
#Winelover Hangout in Bucharest
On our last day in Romania, just after breakfast, we visited the Chirescu Corkscrew Museum, which houses the largest corkscrew collection in the world. This was followed by sparkling wine tasting in Piata Constitute.
Chirescu Corkscrew Museum © Spaswinefood
Yes, after toasting with sparkling wine it was time to strike a pose.
Next, we visited the Satului Museum. This ethnographic museum displays authentic houses from all parts of Romania.
Satului Museum © Spaswinefood
Authentic House Display, Satului Museum © Spaswinefood
Crama Domneasca © Spaswinefood
Yes, dinner with traditional Romanian food and good wines is impossible to beat.
Davino and Serve Wines © Spaswinefood
Indeed Davino and Serve Wines were great hosts.
Davino and Serve Wines Hosts © Spaswinefood
Dining at Crama Domneasca © Spaswinefood
#Winelover Hangout, Bucharest © Spaswinefood
#Winelover Hangout © Spaswinefood
Yes, treat yourself to vine-inspired travels in Romania. While we had tasted Romanian wines on a number of occasions prior to visiting Romania, nothing compensates for a first-hand experience in country. The above itinerary was an awesome enotourism inspired adventure. I invite you to join me in my travels in Romania and elsewhere at Spaswinefood. Special thanks to Razvan Stoenescu, George Wine, and all our new Romanian friends for being such wonderful hosts during Spaswinefood’s vine-filled explorations.