|Wine tasting evening
||Tour of castles
||Tour of natural landscapes|
(Alba Iulia, Hunedoara, Deva)
(Oravita - Anina Mocanita, Bigar Waterfall, The Danube Gorges)
|Minis Cellars - The Minis vineyard has been known for its famous red wines throughout history. Famous families owned lands on this historical vineyard. For example: the Grassalkovich, Hatvany, Bánffy, Rákóczy, Bohus, Báthory, Haraszthy families.
On the foothills of Arad the former famous historical wine-growing region known as Minis, sank into oblivion in the XX. century’s whirl. The legendary red aszú, the spicy Cadarca, the velvety red wines and the mild Feteasca Regala-s were once known all across Europe. Now the wine firm strives for this wine-growing region since 1999 to win back its fame.
The Minis Cellars have 70 hectares of land on which 85% is blue grape and 15% is white. The wine-cellars’ storage capacity is 5.000 hl. With its distinguished soil conditions and the climate which is similar to the Adriatic climate, Minis creates the prides of the wine-growing region, the red wines! The Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgund and the Cadarca are the firm’s excellent and top wines. The major wine is the Cadarca from which the red aszú was once prepared.
The red wines are aged in traditional oak-barrels. The small barrel (barrique) ageing is applied. The excellent vintage wines are marketed after several years of maturation.
The Mustoasa de Maderat has a high acid spine, but the Sauvignon Blanc broadens the produced palette, such as the Traminer with the rose petal aroma, the mild but mysterious Feteasca Regala, the characteristic Pinot Gris and the harmonic Riesling Italian.
Minis’s interesting, exciting colors and flavors enchant their guests at the wine tasting, because the wines made there "... give a spark to the love, wing for the thoughts and a fireplace for the friendships”. (more...).
|The Alba Iulia Citadel, designed by Italian architect Giovanni Morando Visconti, was built between 1716 and 1735, using the Vauban military architectural system - the largest of this kind in Southeastern Europe.
The fortress is outstanding both for its architectural elements and for the beauty of its six gates, unique in European military structures. Doubtless artists, sculptors such as Johann Koning, Johan Vischer and Giuseppe Tencalla, had been inspired by ancient mythology. (more...)
The Alba Carolina Fortress, is the largest fortress in Romania, with a perimeter of 12 km, and also the best preserved.
The Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyad Castle, is one of the most impressive medieval constructions in Romania. Many say that it is even more amazing than the famous Bran Castle.
Deva Fortress. The first evidence of the medieval Deva Fortress dates back to the second half of the 13th century; in 1269, Stephen V, King of Hungary and Duke of Transylvania, mentioned "the royal castle of Deva" in a privilege-grant for the Count Chyl of Kelling.
|The Oravita-Anina railroad section is the fifth railway built on Romanian territory, respectively the first mountain railway and, many would agree, perhaps the most beautiful. Built during the Austrian Empire, it is a unique cultural monument in Romania, as well as a great technical achievement.
It was nicknamed the "Semmering of Banat", as it was built only a few years after the famous track "Semmering" in Austria. These are purely historical data, which say nothing about the exhilarating experience of actually travelling on this route.
Any person fond of trains and mountain trips should take this route at least once in a lifetime. (more...)
Bigar Waterfall, Caras Severin County, Romania. Located in the nature reserve in Anina Mountains, the amazing waterfall is indeed a unique one.
The water falls from a cliff, which is covered with moss. It is said to be the most beautiful waterfall in the country. The underground spring streams from the cave above and then falls into the Minis River. (more...)
The Danube Defileu is along 7km long between Dubova and Ogradena, and consists of Cazanele Large, with a length of 3.8 km, and 170, 300 m wide, and Cazanele Little, with a length of 3.6 km, and 150-350 m wide.
It is a beautiful landscape with some "Cazan tulips". There are certain roads as well, along the Danube carved within the stones.
On the other side of the river, the stones on the bank are divided by a small stream, creating a beautiful landscape. A cave called the Mouth of Ponicovei can be found there. Towards the end of this fascinating journey, the village of Svanita and the Tricule fortress await the visitor. (more...)