The International Wine Festival of Romania
RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania is the first autochthonous wine festival exclusively oriented towards premium and luxury wine markets.
Editions that took place until now in Bucharest and in the country were organized by Marinela V. Ardelean and by Liviu Popescu – co-owner of Fratelli Group and Vice president of HORA – and Mihai Popescu – successful designer and architect, also co-owner of Fratelli Group.
Marinela Vasilica Ardelean
Marinela V. Ardelean, a cosmopolite ambassador of Romanian wines, decided to change the international image of Romanian wines, after a successful career in the “old world” of Italian and French wines. Having a ten years’ experience in the wine sector, Marinela is a teacher at Italian Chef Academy (Roma, IT), professional taster, author, Global Brand Ambassador Vinars Brâncoveanu and manager in the development of export activities.
Marinela is the author of the prized bilingual volume “50 Romanian wines meet 50 Italian eats” and the starter of the project “The Wine Book of Romania”, the first bilingual guideline that includes the finest wines in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova, which has already released 3 successful editions until now.
Liviu Popescu is co-owner of Fratelli and one of the organizers of RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania. His main activity consists in event organization and, most certainly, he is a milestone for the Romanian HoReCa industry. Until 2005, Liviu was the General Manager of Le Club and Hotel Sofitel, and now he makes PR campaigns and development strategies for Fratelli Group.
Liviu Popescu is also Vice president of HORA, “Organizația Patronală a Hotelurilor și Restaurantelor din România”, and in 2017 was a member of the jury of MasterChef România.
Mihai Popescu is co-owner of Fratelli and one of the organizers of RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania. A successful designer, with more than 15 years of experience in the HoReCa industry, Mihai is well-known for the design concepts of more than 100 restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as for his own restaurants. He has won the Restaurant & Bar Design Award in London, at one of the most important competitions in this industry.
Mihai is the founder and manager of Twins Studio, company specialized in architecture and design, which exclusively designs and produces the design for RO-Wine | The International Wine Festival of Romania.
I discovered Romania in the 2000s and I was surprised to find very special wines, with a strong personality, character and tone. Romania simply has to promote its own wine varieties. I am positive they will be a hit on the international market.
Founder and president of Merano Wine Festival, Italy
The Festival at a Glance
In Romania there are around 200 000 Ha vineyards, and is on top #10 in the World, top #5 in Europe and in top #13 in wine production.
“Romania is the land of hope for winelovers” says Jancis Robinson.
„In 2015, less than a year after launching my first book, 50 de vinuri româneşti întâlnesc 50 de preparate culinare italiene / 50 Romanian Wines Meet 50 Italian Dishes, I have started to work on Cartea vinurilor româneşti / The Wine Book of Romania, the first guide that reunites the best Romanian and Moldovan wines. I have visited almost all the wine cellars and vineyards from both countries, I have tested almost 3,000 wines.
I am convinced that, in 20 years, when people will talk about excellency in the Europe of wines, Romania will be among the first 3 countries, next to France and Italy!” says Marinela V. Ardelean, the organiser of RO-Wine Festival.