Romania Wine Tour
Dealu Mare & Dragasani Wine Routes
4 days - 5 wineries
Discover thousands years old winemaking traditions
October 20-23 - Dealu Mare & Dragasani Wine Regions
Romania has been making wine longer than the Romans, yet we know so little about its’ wine regions and indigenous grapes. We’re inviting you to tour the wine regions of Southern Romania, visit 4 wineries and stay at a vineyard hotel in a region where winemaking dates back thousands of years.
Day 1, October 20
Bucharest, Herastrau Park
We’ll meet in the heart of Bucharest in the evening to check in to our modern and elegant hotel located next to the spectacular, loved by locals and internationals, Herastrau Park. We’ll enjoy a classy dinner to get to know each other and discuss the plan for the next days of our Romanian Wine Tour.
Day 2, October 21
Dealu Mare - winery #1 and #2
After breakfast we’ll leave to the closest to Bucharest wine region – Dealu Mare. Considered to be the most developed wine route in Romania with the terroir exceptionally suitable for velvety reds made from both local and international grape varieties.
The first winery on the wine route is the star of Romanian viticulture with wines hard to find except for in fancy restaurants and wine boutiques. The winery owns 68 hectares of 40 year old Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards – the secret behind their signature reds. This doesn’t prevent them from making exceptional wines from local grapes typical to this region – Feteasca Negra and Feteasca Alba.
We’ll have a break for a countryside lunch and continue to the next winery on our route. A female owned winery led by Romania’s most prominent and renowned female winemaker and oenologist. Here we will discover rare and local grapes like Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra made in dry and sweet styles, as well as taste the Romanian expressions of international grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon.
We’ll return to Bucharest in the evening, and you’ll have the freedom to explore it’s historical centre on your own guided by our recommendations if you wish so.
Day 3, October 22
Dragasani. Vineyard hotel and winery number 3
After an early breakfast we’ll leave Bucharest to explore Romania’s southernmost wine region – Dragasani. Here we’ll stay overnight at a vineyard hotel overlooking the local vines, an ancient family mansion of the owners and the winemaking facilities.
We’ll reach the first winery at lunch time and combine the wine tasting with the mouthwatering foods from their onsite restaurant. We’ll have a guided tour at their cellar where the wine from latest harvest is just fermenting and take some time to explore and walk in the beautiful hilly vineyards. Expect rare grape varieties like Cramposie Selectionata and the classical locals like Negru de Dragasani.
Day 3, October 22
A family winery with 300 years of history in winemaking
We’ll visit another winery on the Dragasani wine route. This family has been making wine for over 300 years. They focus on local grapes and ensure they’re planted at the sites of their origin, vinifying them separately to purely express the varietal character.
The winery is still owned by members of the founding family – an aristocratic Walachian family which had a lot of influence on the Romania’s history. They also do traditional method sparkling wines from local indgenous grapes.
For dinner we will return to our vineyard hotel and enjoy a peaceful evening among the vines and wines.
Day 4, October 23
Winery number 5 and return to Bucharest
How about a late breakfast before check-out? Or maybe a final vineyard walk before taking course back to Bucharest?
The last winery’s moto is “natural creativity”, they vinify small quantities of grapes, from rare varieties or not yet discovered by wine lovers, harvested from old, well-kept plots. They focus on a mix on local and international grapes like Sauvignonasse, Sauvignon Blanc, Crâmpoşie Selecţionată, Fetească Regală, Negru de Dragaşani, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Fetească Neagră, Syrah, Fetească Albă, Rhein Riesling. They also make one of the best orange wines in the country!
On our way we will stop for a countryside lunch and we plan to arrive to Bucharest by 17:00.
Dates: October 20-23
Price: 550 EUR incl VAT/person
2 night at a hotel in Bucharest, single or double occupancy according to preference
1 night at a vineyard hotel in the Dragasani Wine Region, single or double occupancy according to preference
2 dinners, all breakfasts and lunches in the most authentic places
5 winery visits, vineyard and cellar tours, 5 portfolio wine tastings with the winemakers
Guided and organized by a WSET wine educator, wine event host and wine tour guide
Transportation on a private VIP minibus
We start and finish in Bucharest
Reservations & Cancellations
Bookings open: until September 20, 2022
30 days before tour start - full refund
less then 30 days before tour start - non-refundable