A Sparkling Weekend

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A Sparkling Weekend with Marinela Ardelean

We warmly invite you to a weekend dedicated to discovering the inspiring world of Sparkling wines from August 19th to August 21st, 2016!

Amidst the rolling hills of Transylvania in the tiny village of Cund, the Valea Verde welcomes you with its unique rustic but refined charm in restored old farmhouses providing you with comfortably cosy and characterful accommodation.

In this secluded country-side setting, internationally renown author and wine critic Marinela Ardelean will host a special weekend introducing guests to the amazing diversity and beauty of sparkling wines.

Marinela Ardelean will carefully pair delectably delicious menus of local produce with sparkling wines, host enlightening tasting sessions & workshops and take you on an unforgettable journey through the mysterious and beautiful world of sparkling wines!

The acclaimed Valea Verde Restaurant will be the venue for most of the weekend. Together with his experienced team, Chef Jonas Schäfer will be preparing a wide variety of  different exciting and inspiring dishes during the course of two unforgettable days and nights!

The tastings, seminars and meals will take place in the Valea Verde as well as in some special locations in the Transylvanian Wilderness: on a wonderfully secluding clearing in the forrest, a ridge line with prominent views of the village embedded in the rolling hills and under the leaves of the old willow tree near our lake…

On the next few pages you can find some more detailed information on this weekends program. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need further information – we would love to welcome and host you!

Marinela Ardelean and Ulrike & Jonas Schäfer with the Valea Verde Team!


About your host Marinela Ardelean

The weekend is hosted by Marilena Ardelean, Romania´s cosmopolitan wine-ambassador who chose to dedicate herself to changing the international image of Romanian wines after an award winning career in the “old world” of wines in Italy, Champagne and Bordeaux.

Her first book, which paired 50 Romanian wines with recipes from Michelin stared restaurant in Italy receiving the highly prestigious OIV Award is now followed by “The Wine Book of Romania”, for which a most prestigious panel of international judges including three Masters Of Wine sampled and rated 240 Romanian wines.

Undoubtedly Marinela is now one of the most knowledgable wine personalities in Romania and sparking wines are a true speciality of Marinela, who was trained in Champagne and is a “Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne! We are sure, that her passion, dedication and appreciation for wine will surely inspire all guests who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting her!


The Program

Friday – August 20th, 2016

17h Arrival and check in
18h “A Sparkling Welcome Reception”
19h Workshop: “Introductions to the word of sparkling wines ”
20.30h A five course gourmet dinner with a special wine pairing

Saturday – August 21st, 2016

9h    Leisurely Breakfast

10h  Workshop: “The history of Champagne”

12h  Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers

13h  “Al Fresco Lunch with Italian sparkling wines”

15h  Siesta….

18h  Workshop “A journey through the world of sparkling wines”

19h Blind tasting of three sparkling wines

20h  “Dinner in White” – 11 course tasting menu with paired with Sparkling Wines

22h  Chanson concert next to the bonfire

Sunday –  August 22nd, 2016 

10h A Lengthy Champagne Brunch


The Program Elements

Welcome Reception
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Valea Verde with some beautiful Sparkling Wines during a small reception in the yard of the Valea Verde to meet your fellow travellers. During the reception your hosts will introduce themselves and we will sample some great examples of sparkling wines to set the right tone for the weekend!
We serve: two different sparkling wines
Duration: 30min
Dress Code: Casual Smart

Workshop: “Introduction to the word of sparkling wines!”
The first workshop of this weekend dresses the technical and geographical particularities of the major sparkling varieties. A special focus is being placed on grapes and terroir used, and Marinela will be explain how the different effects in producing sparkling wines do shape the respective wine.
We serve: three different wines and canapés
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Casual Smart

Friday Night´s Dinner
During this special dinner we will sample five delicious courses prepared using the best local produce. All dishes will be paired with some carefully selected sparkling wines! Marinela will explain the geographical and historical origins and characteristics of the wines paired with the individual courses.
We serve: five course tasting menu and five matching sparkling wines
Duration: 2,5h
Dress Code: Casual Smart

Workshop: “The history of Champagne”
On Saturday morning we will start the day with a workshop on the intriguing history of Champagne. Deeply routed in its historical and geographical origins, Champagne is certainly the most prominent noble sparkling wine in the world – but one cannot underestimate the historical, cultural and regional influence of this famous wine region on its inspiring wines.
We serve: three exemplary wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Casual

Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers
With our highly experienced guide we will take a guided walk in the tremendously beautiful valleys and hills around Cund. The Guide will introduce you to the history and unique biodiversity of this highly valuable and protected landscape. After an inspiring 45min walk we will arrive at a spectacular lunch location in the Wilderness…
We serve: water
Duration: 45min
Dress Code: Country Chick

“Al Fresco Lunch with Italian sparkling wines”
On the ridge of a really beautiful hill we will prepare a delicious lunch buffet in a spectacular setting. In this unique location Marinela will host a special tasting of the sparkling wines from her second home – Italy!
We serve: three wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Country Chick

Workshop “A journey through the world of sparkling wines”
After a hopefully relaxing siesta, Marinela will give all guests a tour of some of the most important sparkling wines in the world and will illustrate beautifully the differences in terroir and show how different, but always inspiring, these wines can taste.
We serve: six wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Country Chick

Blind Tasting
After your palates have been schooled in tasting some sparkling beauties, we will host a blind tasting of three different sparkling wines – we are convinced you will enjoy this experience and be able to identify the different wines!
We serve: three sparkling wines
Duration: 20min
Dress Code: Cocktail

“Dîner en Blanc” – an eleven course tasting menu with a wine pairing
The formal dinner on Saturday evening will be embracing the theme of the internationally acclaimed gourmet experience “Dîner en Blanc”: all tables & chairs will be dressed in white and we kindly ask all our guests to dress accordingly. The Valea Verde kitchen will prepare a adequately special eleven course tasting menu based on local, carefully sourced and foraged menu including summer truffles paired with eleven sparkling wines, among this a very special Champagne…!
We serve: eleven course tasting menu paired with eleven sparkling wines
Duration: 2h
Dress Code: Cocktail

Chanson Concert
The perfect way to end an eventful day is a late evening concert of some chanson music. Relax in the cosy atmosphere of the candle-lit Valea Verde lounge with a delicious wine and enjoy the beautiful music.…
We serve: whatever you like
Duration: 40min
Dress Code: Cocktail

A Sparkling Gourmet Brunch
On Sunday morning we all serve you a lavish brunch with some truffled Eggs Benedict, smoked trout and much more – and Marinela will wave you off with a really special sparkling wine!
We serve: A delicious sparkling wine
Duration: 2h
Dress Code: relaxed


Pricing & Booking

The price for this whole package as described above is Euro 300,- per adult.

The following items are included in the price for the weekend:

  • Moderation and hosting my Marinela Ardelean
  • Fresh fruits, biscuits, flowers and a special bottle of wine in your room
  • “Welcome Reception” sampling Romanian Sparkling Wines on evening
  • Workshop: “Introductions to the word of sparkling wines!”
  • A five course gourmet dinner with a special wine pairing on Friday evening
  • Leisurely Breakfast on Saturday
  • Workshop: ““The history of Champagne”
  • Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers on Saturday
  • Wilderness Lunch with a tasting session Italian sparkling wines on Saturday
  • A hopefully relaxing Siesta on Saturday
  • Workshop “A journey through the world of sparkling wines” on Saturday
  • Blind Tasting of three different sparkling wines
  • “Dinner in White” – 11 course tasting menu with a wine pairing on Saturday
  • Chanson Concert on Saturday
  • A Sparkling Gourmet Brunch on Sunday Mornining

How to book!

For bookings please send us an email to reservations@valeaverde.com or call us on 0265 714399.

Important: for this offer special booking and cancellation conditions apply. We require a downpayment of 50% of the total sum upon booking, which is non-refundable for cancellations. Further costs for cancellations do apply less than 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival, please consult our cancellation policy. Should we be able to obtain another booking for this period , we will happily refund the total downpayment with no fees applied!

If you require an individual offer for more nights or fewer night or a different number of people, please do not hesitate to contact us – we are most happy to provide you a personalised offer!

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation is not included in the price and has to be booked separately!