Romanian Wines

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The World Of Romanian Wines by Marinela Ardelean!

We warmly invite you to a weekend dedicated to discovering the enchanting world of Romanian wines from December 16th to December 18th, 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 wine expert Marinela Ardelean will host a special weekend introducing guests to the amazing diversity and beauty of Romanian wines.

Marinela Ardelean will carefully pair delectably delicious menus of local produce with all Romanian wine flights, host enlightening tasting sessions & workshops and take you on an unforgettable journey through the inspiring world of Romanian 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 around an open fire with prominent views of the village embedded in the rolling hills and the old willow tree near our lake…

Over the weekend Marinela will introduce all guest to original Romanian grapes like Fetească Albă, Fetească Regală, Tămâioasă Românească, Grasă de Cotnari, Crâmpoșie and Băbească Neagră, Fetească Neagră, and Busuioacă de Bohotin.

A special focus will be placed on Fetească Neagră, as Marinela will follow the development of these delicious variety in several wine making regions develops and explore how different producers and different vintages make for unique interpretations of this grape.

The Romanian wine world will be sampled by regions, growers and producers – and rest assured, even the most seasoned wine-lovers will discover and love previously unfamiliar wines found apart from the prominent regions like Dealu Mare, Mehedinti or Transylvania and well know producers!

Furthermore, the art of pairing the right wine with food will be the topic of a dedicated seminar as well as a session on how to identify principal grape varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

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!

 

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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 persons when it comes to Romanian wines, and her passion, dedication and appreciation for this emerging wine making country will surely inspire all guests who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting her!

 

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“Welcome Reception”

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Valea Verde with some beautiful Romanian Sparkling Wines during a small reception in the yard of the Valea Verde to meet your fellow travellers. With sparking wines being a speciality of Marinela, who was trained in Champagne and is a “Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne”, we believe this to be the perfect start to an inspiring evening!

We serve: three different sparkling wines
Duration: 30min
Dress Code: Casual Smart

 

Villa Vinéa Winery near Cund

Workshop: “How to pair food with wine”

As an award winning sommelier Marinela will introduce you to the extremely useful art of pairing food and wine. Apart from the perfect match for food and wine, the delight of creating a cohesive progression in your pairing will be made easier with some very practical and helpful tips!

We serve: five different wines and canapés
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Casual Smart

 

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Friday Night´s Dinner

During this special dinner we will sample six delicious courses prepared using the best local produce. All dishes will be paired with some of the best Romanian wines available! Marinela will explain the geographical and historical origins and characteristics of the wines paired with the individual courses.

We serve: six course tasting menu and six matching wines
Duration: 2,5h
Dress Code: Casual Smart

 

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Workshop: “How to recognise the principal grape varieties”

On Saturday morning we will start the day with a workshop on the profund basics of tasting wine. Marinela will introduce the international principal grape varieties and give some practical guidance on how to identify and distinguish the “cépage noble”- Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

We serve: seven exemplary wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Casual

 

Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers

With our highly experienced guide Emanuel Enache we will take a guided walk in the tremendously beautiful valleys and hills around Cund. Emanuel 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

 

Wilderness Lunch with a tasting session of Romanian White Wines

On the ridge of a really beautiful hill we will prepare a decadent lunch buffet in a spectacular setting. In this unique location Marinela will host a special tasting of Romanian white wines. An award winning wine maker will also explain some details on the historic wine making region of the Tarnave Tarnaveni DOC.

We serve: five wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Country Chick

Workshop “A tasting of special Feteasca Neagra´s from diverse terroirs”

After a hopefully relaxing siesta, Marinela Ardelean will use some very different wines made of the same grape variety to take you on an impressive journey through the different wine making regions. The different interpretations of Feteasca Neagra will illustrate beautifully the differences in terroir and show how different the same grape variety can taste.

We serve: six wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: Country Chick

 

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“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 the best of Romanian wines, featuring even some vintages and wines from private reserves which are not available anymore…

We serve: eleven course tasting menu paired with eleven wines
Duration: 1,5h
Dress Code: White Tie

 

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Classical Concert

The perfect way to end an eventful day is a late evening concert of some classical music. Relax in the cosy atmosphere of the candle-lit Valea Verde lounge with your favourite wine of the weekend and enjoy the beautiful music of an ward winning Romanian Quartett…

We serve: whatever you like
Duration: 40min
Dress Code: White Tie

 

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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

 

 

The Program

Friday
17h Arrival and check in
18h “Welcome Reception” sampling Romanian Sparkling Wines
19h Workshop: “How to pair food with wine”
21h A six course gourmet dinner with a special wine pairing

Saturday
9h Leisurely Breakfast
10h Workshop: “How to recognise the principal grape varieties”
12h Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers
13h Wilderness Lunch with a tasting session of Romanian White Wines
15h Siesta….
18h Workshop “A tasting of special Feteasca Neagra´s from diverse terroirs”
20h “Dinner in White” – 11 course tasting menu with a wine pairing
22h Classical Concert

Sunday
10h A Sparkling Gourmet Brunch

 

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 Friday evening
  • Workshop: “How to pair food with wine” on Friday evening
  • A six course gourmet dinner with a special wine pairing on Friday evening
  • Leisurely Breakfast on Saturday
  • Workshop: “How to recognise the principal grape varieties” on Saturday
  • Guided Wilderness walk with Questions & Answers on Saturday
  • Wilderness Lunch with a tasting session of Romanian White Wines on Saturday
  • A hopefully relaxing Siesta on Saturday
  • Workshop “A tasting of special Feteasca Neagra´s from diverse terroirs” on Saturday
  • “Dinner in White” – 11 course tasting menu with a wine pairing on Saturday
  • Classical Concert on Saturday
  • A Sparkling Gourmet Brunch on Sunday Morning

 

The price for this whole package as described above is Euro 290,- per adult.

 

For bookings please send us an email 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!

Should 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!

 

You can download the EventBrochure here: BrochureWineEvent(EN)