Thanksgiving Wine Tour in Western Romania
Celebrate gratitude with a glass of Romanian wine
For Thanksgiving we invite you for a long weekend break to discover Banat, the western region of Romania, its wines and the city of Timisoara, Europe’s cultural capital in 2021 and the place where the 1989 anti-communist revolution started.
Day 1, November 22 Arrival in Timisoara and guided tour of the city
Day 2, November 23 Visit two private wineries and celebrate Thanksgiving
Day 3, November 24 Trip to Serbia
Day 4, November 25 Relax in a spa and try wines at Balla Geza winery
Day 5, November 26 Departure day
Day 1 22nd of November 2017 – Wednesday
You will arrive in the afternoon in Timisoara, the largest city in Western Romania. The city has a very interesting history, recent past but also present and future. After checking in at the hotel you will have a guided tour of the city and learn about its Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Romania past, why there were so many Germans living here for a few centuries and how the 1989 anti-communist revolution started here and unfolded. In September 2016 the city was designated Europe’s Cultural Capital for 2021 and you will learn about the changes which this will bring to the city and you will feel the excitement towards 2021 present in the city.
After getting to know the city the group will meet to have dinner at a local restaurant trying local dishes and some of the best local red wines. This night you are free to explore as a group or on your own.
Day 2 23rd of November 2017 – Thursday (Thanksgiving)
Happy Thanksgiving! You will spend this special day in a special way by learning about Romanian wines … plenty of reasons to be thankful for!
Wine making in Banat region has the same recent history as elsewhere in Romania. Even though the region has good potential for making good wines, during the communist period the focus was on quantity. Only in the last 5-10 years the region was revived and new private wineries focusing on quality were open. We will visit 2 of them, one called Petrovaselo (named after the village where it is located) and one in Silagiu (this region is so new that is unknown to even most locals). So this will be a day of experimenting new wineries and new wines – actually your feedback might be very important for them.
As evening comes we will go for dinner at a restaurant and have a selection of some of the best Romanian wines to accompany the special Thanksgiving meal.
Day 3 24th of November 2017 – Friday
Now that you’ve got a taste of Romanian wines, we invite you to explore the wines of Serbia, given the close proximity of the country to Timisoara. We will visit 2 wineries from Serbia and taste their best wines. They produce some very good white wines but also some remarkable reds. Serbia also has some local types of grapes so you will get to experiment with tasting those as well.
In the evening we will be back in Timisoara and you will have time on your own to explore more of the local wine bars and restaurants which have opened in the last few years.
Day 4 25th of November 2017 – Saturday
In the morning we will take it easy and go to a spa and relax in the swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.
In the afternoon we will visit Balla Geza winery, a pioneer in making quality wines and also promoting wine tourism in the region. Here you will try some less common wines such as Cadarca or Mustoasa de Maderat (originates in this region) but also their high-end stone wines. We will also have a hearty dinner at this winery, their specialty being the goulash (being close to Hungary).
Day 5 26th of November 2017 – Sunday
We hope you have enjoyed your time in Romania (and Serbia) and their wines. This will be your farewell day so in the morning you will be transferred to the airport.
Casa del Sole 4* – Timisoara
- Accommodation for 4 Nights in standard double room, breakfast included
- Wine tasting (at least 5 wines) & meals:
- Wine tasting at winery in Silagiu & in Serbia
- Lunch & wines
- Wine tasting at Petrovaselo winery (at least 6 wines) and lunch
- Wine tasting & lunch at winery in Serbia
- Dinner & wines
- 2 dinners at restaurants in Timisoara (one for Thanksgiving), the meal includes starter or soup, main course and dessert and water (the dishes will be shared family style). For wines we will try, as group, 5 different wines and on average there will be a bottle of wine per 2 people
- 1 dinner (goulash) at Balla Geza winery with wine tasting (premium wines)
- Dinner on Wednesday and Friday evenings are not included
- Airport to hotel transfers on arrival day and from hotel to airport on departure day
- By minibus on November 23-25 between Timisoara, the wineries we will visit and the spa
- Single room supplement is: 120 EUR
First 4 people to sign up will will benefit from a 10% discount (595 EUR).