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Meet the Winemaker: Prince Stirbey of Romania

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7:00pm
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2 hours

Event Description

Don't miss the opportunity to meet Baron Jakob Kripp and taste lovely wines from his Prince Stirbey estate in Romania.

This is a story of persecution, love and beautiful wine.

The Prince Stirbey vineyards were confiscated from Princess Maria Stirbey by the communist government after World War 2. They were only restored to her granddaughter, Princess Ileana Stirbey, in 2001. 

For 300 years wine had been made on the Prince Stirbey estate and was even served on the Orient Express under the direction of Prince Babu Stirbey, Ileana's great-grandfather.

At the end of World War 2 after losing their land, Princess Ileana's family escaped to Austria to start a new life there.

When decades later Ileana met her husband Baron Jakob Kripp, an Austrian nobleman and lawyer, he suggested applying to have her family's lands restored. The couple took a trip to Dragasani in 1999 and Ileana met friends there she hadn't seen since she was a little girl.

Ileana's vision to restore her family heritage was renewed and the couple started the legal application process. In 2001 they were able to reclaim 20 hectares of the family land and began renovating the vineyards and winery.

Jakob and Ileana have since gone from strength to strength making Prince Stirbey wines, particularly showcasing indigenous Romanian grapes.

Come and hear the story firsthand while sampling:

  • Cramposie Brut 2013 - a beautiful traditional method sparkling wine including 4 years ageing on lees. £19
  • Cramposie Selectionata 2019 - lovely refreshing still white wine from the Cramposie grape. £13
  • Feteasca Regala 2018 - Romania's unique grape variety, which means 'royal maiden'. £18
  • Novac 2018 - a crossing produced from the ancient Negru Vartos grape, which is no longer cultivated in Romania. £16
  • Negru Dragasani Rezerva 2017 - a beautiful, dense and velvety wine from an indigenous grape. £16
  • Merlot 2016 - a wine that achieves a unique expression of flavour from the Dragasani hills. £16
  • Tamaioasa Dulce 2019 - beautiful dessert wine made from Tamaioasa Romanesca, the Romanian name for Muscat Blanc et Petits Grains. £15

7 wines, full tasting notes, use of professional tasting glasses and nibbles.

How to get there

Ibis Lounge
2 Station Square
CB1 2GA

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