Enjoy an epic day-trip from Bucharest, following the ancient wine road built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Re-opened to the public after almost a century of “hibernation”, the road displays beautifully restored manors, cellars and old monasteries. Along the way, you’ll visit two wine museums, stop for lunch in a traditional manor and enjoy wine tasting sessions at two prestigious wineries, surrounded by the endless vineyards of Dealu Mare – Romania’s most famous wine region.
Romania is a country with a long standing tradition in winemaking, and the world’s 13th wine producer, despite losing half of its arable lands and suffering a loss of prestige several decades ago, when communists favored mass production over quality. Nowadays, the country has gone through a process of mass restoration, aiming to re-claim its rightful place among the Top 10 wine producers.
1st stop: Crama 1777 (wine museum)
We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest and drive (1 hour) towards Dealu Mare – Romania’s most famous wine region. As soon as we enter the old Wine Road, we’ll stop to visit Crama 1777: a wine museum and one of the oldest wooden structures in the area. Built in 1777, the former winery is a monument of medieval folk art where you can admire archaic wine making tools, ancient barrels and large ceramics used for storing wine and liquor.
2nd stop: Bellu Manor (wine museum)
Next, you'll visit the beautifully restored Bellu Manor – a marvel of old Romanian architecture. Built by Baron Alexandru Bellu in the 19th century, the manor is not just a great art collection, but also an important wine museum. With a great passion for wine and even owning a sparkling wine factory, the baron stored precious tools in the manor’s great cellar. It's the oldest wine press in Walachia with enormous barrels and extremely old wine making tools going back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.
3rd stop: Casa Colinelor (wine tasting & lunch)
After learning about the long history of winemaking in Romania, it’s time for some actual wine tasting at Casa Colinelor (Hill House). We’ll admire the beautiful vineyards surrounding the house, visit the cellars and winery, and taste 5 types of Romanian wines from the 1,000 Chipuri (1,000 Faces) producer. Your stay here will end with a traditional lunch.
4th stop: Lacerta Winery (wine tasting)
Same as Bordeaux and Toscana, Lacerta’s vine estate stretches along the 45th parallel and thus has the ideal climate for producing wines with a rich, complex and silken taste. Lacerta is one of the most modern wineries in Romania, with production techniques based on gravitational principles meant to limit the usage of pumps. You’ll be able to taste high quality Romanian wines in a fairy tale location, surrounded by the endless vineyards covering the hills of Dealu Mare, at one of the most beautiful wineries in the country.