Take me to a hillside overlooking the beautiful Târnave River Valley where the views from Villa Vinèa (Mica, Mureş County) are amazing. In a short time this DOC Târnave region, Transylvanian winery has been recognized as a producer of premium wines. While at the winery we would taste fantastic wines, adopt a Fetească Regală vine, enjoy a delicious late afternoon lunch overlooking this inviting landscape, and experience hospitality at its best.
I certainly know how the owner felt when he discovered the most beautiful, promising land in the middle of Transylvania, not far from the city of Tîrgu-Mureș. He certainly captured the spirit of this place in the following statement:
I fell in love instantly with this area and, to this day, I still remember the first time I set eyes on it: its charming landscape of the Tarnave river, carefully caressed by light, with hills that reminded me of an untamed Tuscany. I decided to make it my home, start a vineyard and create unique wines, of great character, that would remain memorable with those who taste them. Heiner Oberrauch, Villa Vinèa owner
During our #winelover visit I was equally shocked by its beauty. I would further note that only are the views from the winery stunning but also, the wines are great! Moreover, the general manager, and the staff were wonderful hosts during our visit.
Welcome to Villa Vinèa © Spaswinefood
Welcome to Villa Vinèa
We had come to Villa Vinèa in Mica (Hungarian: Mikefalva, German: Nickelsdorf) a commune in Mureș County. The county is composed of seven villages: Abuș (Abosfalva; Abtsdorf), Căpâlna de Sus (Felsőkápolna), Ceuaș (Szászcsávás), Deaj (Désfalva), Hărănglab (Harangláb), Mica and Șomoștelnic (Somostelke). Tîrgu-Mureș, also spelled Hungarian German the capital of Mureş judeƫ (county) in north-central Romania lies on the Mureş River, in the southeastern part of the Transylvanian Basin. While our time here was too brief it was impossible to miss the natural beauty of this place.
Mureș County © Spaswinefood
I loved taking in the views of Mica and other villages that dot the landscape.
Vineyard, Farmlands, & Villages of Mureș County © Spaswinefood
Mureș County Vineyard, Farmland, & Villages © Spaswinefood
This young Transylvania winery of 70 hectares first planted vines in 2006, and officially released it first vintage in 2012. Located in the DOC Târnave region its wine brands include Villa Vinèa, Castel Vinum, Terra Negra, Contessa, Diamant, and Rubin. The grape varieties grown, besides Fetească Regală, are Fetească Albă, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhine Riesling, Muscat Ottonel, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, Fetească Neagră, Zweigelt, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. In fact shortly after our arrival, we were served a welcoming glass of sparkling rosé wine by the winery manager.
Villa Vinèa Wines
This Villa Vinèa brut Rosé Celést was the perfect wine for a hot late spring day. It was the first sparkling rosé wine launched by the winery. There were some local products to go along with this delicious pinot noir rosé wine.
Razvan and Catalin also added a delicious picnic.
During our visit we would get to know Villa Vinèa wine brands (Villa Vinèa, Castel Vinum, Terra Negra, Contessa, Diamant, and Rubin) and sparkling wines.
Wine is about Balance © SpaswinefoodNow let's take a look at the wines:
Diamant (Fetească Regală-Fetească Alba), Târnave-Târnavine DOC-CMD 2020 © Spaswinefood
Towards the end of our visit came a special wine.
Villa Vinèa, Contessa 2019
Villa Vinèa, Contessa 2019 © Spaswinefood
Villa Vinèa Continued
We toured the winery, took in the views, and visited the vineyard during our visit. Of course, we met the winemaker.
I was so delighted to be part of Winelover Romania's adopting a Fetească Regală vine. With the First Fetească Regală International Day to celebrated next day, June 3, 2022 it was timely.
TV crew where there to film this special event in the vineyard (here's the link).
For sure the Fetească Regală vines deserve a closer look.
The Villa Vinèa vineyard is a special place for #winelovers.
Villa Vinèa Vineyard, Mureș County © Spaswinefood
Later we enjoyed a late lunch overlooking the vineyard. A goulash that this area is known for was served.
What a beautiful Villa Vinèa experience we had! I look forward to hearing great things about this winery.
Villa Vinèa is an absolute must for wine travelers. I am so glad we spent time here. Without a doubt Romania is for winelovers therefore I invite you to join me in my travels in Romania and elsewhere at Wine Travels with Dr. Sharon and at Spaswinefood on Twitter and Facebook. Special thanks to Razvan Stoenescu, and all of our wonderful Romanian hosts for making my vine-filled explorations so memorable.