Vinarte-Stârmina Winery – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: Gastronomic Route

The Name of Tourist Attraction: Vinarte-Stârmina Winery

Location: The Vinarte Company has three production centers consisting of vine plantations and wine cellars. The three centers are located in three of the most important vineyards, namely: Sâmbureşti in Olt, Zoreşti, Dealu Mare, Buzău and Stârmina County in Mehedinţi County.

Stramina Wine Cellar – Rogova village, Mehedinti county, postal code 227420, GPS coordinates: 44.4687803, 22.8070248

Description: Vinarte was established in 1998 and takes full advantage of the terroir available in Romania by supplying fruits from three of the best locations: Sâmbureşti, Stârmina and Zoreşti.

The vine area under exploitation: 294 ha (80 ha Villa Zorilor, 43 ha Bolovanu, 171 ha Starmina)

The optimal conditions encountered in these places allow the growth of the highest quality grapes, local and international varieties from which are obtained complex wines with a distinctive character. The style of these wines is characterized by their complexity and elegance.

At La Starmina, in Mehedinţi County, Vinarte has a total of 171 hectares. In 2009, the company concluded an extensive program of vineyard mining and modernization of cellar technology. Due to the location in the southwestern region of the country, in the vicinity of the Danube, benefiting from a favorable climate of Mediterranean continental influence, this vineyard has always produced remarkable wines. Statistics confirm that here we have an ideal temperature throughout the year and a sufficient number of sunny hours, a very important element in achieving full grain maturity. These vineyards are meant to produce special wines, both red and white. Among the wine varieties produced by this company are Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Fetească Neagră, Negru de Dragăşani, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico, Tămâioasă Românească. Recently, the plantation was rejuvenated with 41 ha of vines of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Negru, Drăgăşani, Fetească Neagră, Novac, Tămâioasă Românească and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.

Legend/ Story/ Impressions/ Recommendations:

The story of vineyards in Stârmina:

The legend of Starmina vineyard says that one of the mermaids metamorphosed by Demetra nestled on one of the banks of the Danube, right in the vineyard of Starmina, and became the muse of viticulturists, inspiring them to turn the wine into art.

Here’s what the legend says: Hades, the God of the Inferno, saw one day Persephone, the daughter of Demetrius, the Goddess of nature, and fell in love with her. Because he knew that Demetra had never approved such a union, Hades helped by Zeus planned to kidnap her. Persephone, playing in a glade with her nymph companions, saw a daffodil, and while picking it up, the earth broke under and swallowed her. Demetra was devastated that she could not protect her child and angrily put a curse on the nymph to turn into sirens. Finally, supported by Hecate and Helios, Demetra managed to persuade Zeus to bring her daughter back, but Hades convinced Persephone to eat 4 pomegranate seeds that condemned her to live for four months in Hell, even if she spent the rest of the year with her mother. This myth is associated with the coming of spring and winter. When Persephone came to Earth, it was spring and The Little Mysteries of Eleusine were held, and when it came down to Hades, it was winter and The Great Mysteries of Eleusine were held.

Conditions:

The winery can be visited with a prior appointment.

Information and Contact:

Contact person: Costel Cainamisir: tel: +4 0723 563 202,

e-mail: costel.cainamisir@vinarte.ro

Nicolae Filipescu Street, no. 43, sect 2, Bucharest,

phone: +4021 3233803

fax: +40213229244

e-mail: office@vinarte.ro; vanzari@vinarte.ro

website: www.vinarte.ro

Route closed to other thematic routes:

You can also visit in the area:

– Lunca Vânjului Forest

– Stârmina Forest

– “Saint Nicholas” Church from Rogova village, built in 1832

– ”Saint John the Baptizer” church from Poroiniţa village,built in 1822, with painting and frescoes

GPS coordonates: lat, lng (44.46871901558849, 22.80693050000002), DN56A, Rogova, Romania