‘The Wine Book of Romania,’ the first bilingual Romanian-English guide to Romanian wines, covers the best wines in our country but also in the Republic of Moldova. The guide is meant for consumers as well as producers.
“What I want with this guide is that when someone orders a glass of wine in a restaurant they would not simply ask for white, rose or red wine, but would also know the varieties and regions and what quality wine means. We still have work to do on this chapter and the guide will be of assistance in this sense,” Marinela Vasilica Ardelean, branding and business development specialists in the enogastronomy industry, stated at the launch.
She added that it is not enough to read about wines, we also need to test as many varieties as possible in order to truly appreciate what Romania has.
Helmuth Koecher, RO-Wine ambassador and famous organiser of the Merano Wine Festival in northern Italy, one of the most prestigious and high-class events of its kind in Europe, was also present at the event.
“I tested many wines in September last year and I am very proud with the result. There was the need for a guide that would offer references on Romanian and Moldovan wine producers. You have great potential in what concerns the quality of wines,” Helmuth Koecher stated.
214 wines are described and classified in the guide, and 15 percent of them have scored five stars.
The members of the jury of The Wine Book of Romania’s first edition were: Caroline Gilby – Master of Wine (United Kingdom), Rod Smith – Master of Wine (France), Luiz Alberto – Wine Expert (U.S.), Paul Robert Blom (Netherlands), Helmuth Koecher (Italy), Zoltan Szoverdfi-Szep (Romania), Cosmin Grozea (Romania) and Mi Yeun Hong (South Korea).
Wine lovers will have the chance to taste many varieties of wine at the first edition of ‘RO-Wine – The Wine Festival of Romania’ in May (21-22). On this occasion, they will be able to taste the top wines of over 50 producers (30 from Romania and 20 from abroad). The festival is organized by Marinela V. Ardelean in partnership with Liviu and Mihai Popescu, the brothers who are co-owners of Fratelli Group.
‘The Wine Book of Romania,’ a guide initiated and signed by Marinela Vasilica Ardelean, and published by RAO Publishing House, will be sent to Romanian cultural institutes and embassies and to the most important international trade fairs and festivals.