What would life be without experiences? For me, that’s what brings joy and makes me curious about tomorrow. Following my exploration of the Romanian wine road and its mansions in the autumn of last year, this year I went for the wine tasting at Rhein wine cellars in Azuga Romania.
The Romanian wine road is close to my hometown of Bucharest. But the main issue I always encountered whenever I wanted to plan for a wine tasting experience was this: who drives?
Thus, what do you do when you have a problem?
Find a solution!
And my solution to the “drinking without driving” problem is this: find a wine cellar with an accommodation option.
Therefore, I present you Rhein wine cellars in Azuga Romania.
Wine tasting at Rhein wine cellars Romania – what to expect?
Hidden from the eye, but still, at Azuga’s main road, I must admit we circled a bit around until we managed to find the entrance to the location.
Once we found it, we were happy about our decision: to spend one night in this traditional place.
In addition, we could splurge on traditional Romanian dishes, while tasting some of the best wines Prahova Valley has in store.
After spending a relaxing lunch in the guesthouses’ garden, and tasting some delicious dishes and wine, it was time for a visit to the cellar.
A little bit of history and production secrets
As soon as we entered the cellar, a cold and humid air hit us. Later on, we were to better understand the importance of both for wine production.
The Rhein & Cie Azuga 1892 winery dates, as the name says it, from 1892 when a German (Mr. Rhein) founded the cellars with its thick walls in Azuga.
Our visit here introduced us to the story of traditional Champagne production.
We learned that the double walls keep the temperature perfect for Champagne production while favoring the development of black mold on the walls beneficial for maintaining a microclimate and constant temperatures that provide the conditions suitable for the production and aging of foam wine.
What did we taste at Rhein wine cellars?
What else could one drink in the place that supplies the Romanian Royal House with its Champagne?
Of course, after hearing all about the yeast and its importance in Champagne’s creation, the long production process, specific conditions, we had to try the rose Rhein Extra Brut.
Rhein wine cellars in numbers
They produce around 200.000 bottles every year, which are sold inside Romania or are exported.
The walls are 1.5 m thick.
The temperature inside the cellar: 13 degrees C during Summer, and 4 degrees C during Winter.
3 types of natural sugars (extracted from grapes) are added to the wine in order to make the various assortments they produce here, with different alcoholic levels.
15 RON – the price of a visit in the cellars, per person. Usually, tastings are organized for groups of at least 8 people and will cost 60 RON/person.
Other travel resources for when you visit Romania
- Take some of these day trips from Bucharest
- Amazingly delicious Romanian food to indulge in during your trip
- Spend the perfect one day in Bucharest and take some great pictures in these Bucharest Instagrammable places
- Find out all about Bucharest food – what to eat and where to go
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