With ancient vineyards and millennial winemaking traditions, Romania is Europe’s 6th wine producer, in a select company with countries like France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Making the wine is a way of living and an essential part of the Romanian culture since ancient times. Nowadays on the Romanian soils international grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir) can be found together with old local Romanian grape varieties (Feteasca Neagră, Feteasca Regală, Feteasca Albă, Cadarcă, Băbească Neagră, Tămâioasă Românească, Băbească Gri, Busuioacă de Bohotin, Plăvaie and Crâmpoșie).
Tour type: Tasting Tour
Itinerary: Bucharest - Sinaia - Azuga - Urlati - Gura Vadului - Fintesti - Macin - Tulcea - Murfatlar - Bucharest
Pick up from Henri Coanda, Bucharest Airport.
Transfer to the hotel.
Bucharest city tour. Romania’s stylish and colourful capital is an intriguing blend of lovely churches and monasteries, interesting museums and cultural edifices, great clubs and nice parks in a spectacular interbellic architecture mixed with XXIst century glass & steel buildings of various aspects.
During sightseeing you will see all of the main attractions concentrated in the Old Town (the Lipscani/Historical Centre area: Manuc's Inn, the ruins of the Old Court), Victoriei Boulevard with the Romanian Athenaeum - the capital's cultural landmark, the former Royal Palace, Cantacuzino Palace, Kretzulescu church; inside visit of Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world.
Wine tasting at “1000 de Chipuri” (1000 Faces) wine-bar. The owner of the place will be telling you the story of the location and wines, while you will be enjoying 4 sorts of wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc 2014 , Feteasca Alba 2011, Rose 2014, Dei Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2013, Feteasca Neagra 2013) and a cheese mix plateau.
Welcome dinner in a beautiful historic restaurant: The Beer Wagon (Caru’ cu Bere).
Accommodation in Bucharest
Bucharest - Ceptura de Jos (~91km)
Transfer to Lacerta, Buzau County. On the way, stop and visit Crama 1777 museum, reproducing a cellar from 1777. Once arrived in Lacerta, you will visit the lovely vineyard, the cellar and have a wine tasting, 6 sorts out of the local production: international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Burgund Royal, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rheinriesling, Muscat Ottonel and Chardonnay, as well as local ones such as Feteasca Neagra or Feteasca Alba. Lunch with traditional Romanian dishes a short drive away from Lacerta.
Continue to Vinalia - The Ceptura manor, a representative mansion of Neo-Romanian architecture, with minimalist eclectic interiors. “Vinalia” were spring and autumn festivals in The Roman Empire. The locals were celebrating an essential episode of the year: the harvest and the wine making, at the beginning of autumn. Then, in spring, people met for the first tasting of the wine produced from the precious harvest. Today, every experience, at Vinalia manor is a moment of wine celebration, a reminder of the joyful Roman festivals.
Wine types: Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra (red wine), 2 types of Tamaioasa Romaneasca (dry and semi-dry), rose wine -Merlot and Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dinner & wine tasting in “Ceptura” Mansion & Cellars
Accommodation in Ceptura de Jos area.
Ceptura de Jos - Sinaia - Brasov (~165km)
Transfer to Sinaia mountain resort, named ”The Pearl of Carpathians”, hosting the Peles Castle, former residence of Romania's Kings. After visiting Peles Castle, transfer to Azuga to visit the cellar and have wine tasting in “Rhein Azuga” Wine Cellars. The “Rhein & Cie Azuga 1892” winery, former supplier of the Romanian Royal Court, will reveal the story of Romania’s oldest and only place where sparkling wines (“Champagne de Roumanie”) are produced using the traditional Champenoise method. The “Rhein” facilities are above-the-ground-level cellars, with double walls & natural ventilation and black mold, a place where the tourists can also spend the night, in one of the “Rhein” Pension rooms, offering a view over the 20 hectares park surrounding it.
Wine types: PRAHOVA VALLEY Special Reserve (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tamaioasa Romaneasca); PRAHOVA VALLEY Sparkling wine (half-dry, dry); RHEIN EXTRA Sparkling wine (Cuvee Exceptionelle, Brut Rose, Brut Imperial); PRAHOVA VALLEY Reserve (Feteasca Alba, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir); "R" PRINCIPELE (Feteasca Neagra).
Continue to Bran, to visit „Dracula” castle. Legends in a gothic place, not so scary in daytime.
Accommodation in Brasov.
Brasov - Sighisoara - Tirgu Mures (~195km)
After a short walking tour of this cozy mediaeval town, we drive to Sighisoara, passing though picturesque landscapes. En route to Sighisoara – short stop for a traditional lunch and cheese tasting in Crit Village (Kreuz). Walking tour of the beautiful medieval fortress of Sighisoara, with its cobbled narrow streets and coloured houses, the most beautiful place in Romania, as some say. Wine tasting at Villa Vinea in Sighisoara area. Villa Vinea wines are the fluid vitality of an extraordinary land, part of a unique microclimate, nestled in the vally of the Tarnave river, one of the oldest wine regions of Transylvania.
Transfer to Targu Mures.
Dinner and wine tasting at Villa Csonka, an exquisite place.
Accommodation at Villa Csonka.
Tirgu Mures - Turda - Cluj-Napoca (~125km)
Our journey is coming closer to its end. But not before checking one more vineyard, Liliac – where you will taste some of their famous sorts: Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris, Feteasca Neagra and Transylvania Nectar dessert wine. Lunch included. Transfer to Turda, visit Turda Salt Mine – an amazing attraction, world’s largest salt mine museum, considered “The Coolest Underground Place on Earth”; dinner and wine tasting in Turda area, visiting the 70 hectares vineyard close to the salt mine, La Salina Wine Cellar. The workmanship, the well cared for and attentively harvested grapes of the winery, as well as its technology and state-of-the-art equipment provide for the production of quality wines. In 2014, 20 hectares of vines were harvested, with an output of 47,000 bottles. Maximum output will be reached in 2019, i.e. with 300,000 bottles of wine to be obtained from an overall area of 42 hectares.
Accommodation at La Salina Pension / Cluj-Napoca
Once arrived in Cluj-Napoca, we will do a city-tour of this former Transylvanian capital. A city of culture but also a place where fun has a special place. A great afternoon in the “100.000-students-city, 2015 European Youth Capital. Chances are some festival or event is in place. It usually is.
Transfer to Cluj-Napoca Airport.