Conference Visit 1: Pietroasa - Istrița Research and Development for Viticulture, Winemaking and Fruit Growing Visits
No participation fee
Istriţa Research and Development Station for Fruit Growing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJR514JM9rM): The year 1893 marks the beginning of the Istriţa Fruit Nursery, whose initial task was to multiply the vine seeding material resistant to phylloxera attacks which had destroyed the Romanian viticultural material in only 10 years. At the same time, it was aimed to develop the fruit-growing patrimony in the Curvature Sub-Carpathians region. In 1895 there already was a rich collection of types from almost all fruit tree and shrub species and parent stock saplings were produced and used in grafting valuable types.
The nursery fields and the existing fruit tree collections served as study material for generations of students, but also for researchers who worked here overtime. After its reintegration in 2005, as a component of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, the Istriţa Farm embarked on a new complex modernisation and refurbishment process.
Every summer, the Istrița Cherry Feast is being held, an occasion when students, academics and visitors have the opportunity to participate in visits and practical lessons held in the field and to take part in tastings of cherry varieties. The participants of this visit will also have the opportunity to join this event and to try the cherries grown at the Istriţa Research and Development Station for Fruit Growing.
Pietroasa Research and Development Station for Viticulture and Winemaking (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u59fJXrZUSI):
Pietroasele commune is best known for its archaeological thesaurus - the Pietroasele Treasure also known as Cloșca cu puii de aur (en. the Hen with golden chicks) –a late fourth-century Gothic treasure discovered in 1837, that included around twenty-two objects of gold.
But Pietroasa's real treasure today is wine.
These "treasures" were with more than 120 medals in national and international competitions, more especially for sweet wines, some spices, for which Pietroasa has an unsurpassed vocation. After becoming affiliated, in 2005, to the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, the university put two "bricks", rebuild the Station: young plantations were established and modern principles in winemaking were ensured, while making sure, at the same time, that students can gain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
Here, wine tastings and visits are organized, where the technological workflow and equipment, as well as the impressive historical collection of over 100,000 bottles can be viewed.
Recently, Pietroasa Research and Development Station for Viticulture and Winemaking, resumed trade with its exceptional wines under its own label - "Pietroasa veche."
Program Conference Visit 1 (04 June 2022)
08:00 - Departure from the USAMV courtyard (Blvd. Marasti 59- Building A Rectorate)
10:00 - Arrival at the Pietroasa - Istrița Research and Development Station for Viticulture, Winemaking and Fruit Growing, Buzau county
11:30 - Lunch &Wine Tasting
14:00 – Departure to Bucharest
16:00 - Arrival at USAMV Bucharest, end of the trip
Conference Visit 2: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) – Predeal – Peleş Castle
Participation fee: participants pay only castle entrance fees on site
Bran Castle (Romanian: Castelul Bran) (http://www.bran-castle.com), situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania.
The building of Bran Castle started somewhere around the year 1378. The castle had a protective and commercial purpose.
Many legends are connected with Bran Castle. It is said the castle belonged to Count Dracula (Vlad Țepeș), but nobody has any proof. Vlad Țepeș lived only for a short time in the castle and only as a guest.
In 1897 Bram Stoker wrote a terrifying story about Count Dracula. Stoker's story is based on the life of Vlad Țepeș/Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), a ruler revered by Romanians for standing up to the Ottoman Empire. Known as one of the most dreadful enemies of the Turks, Vlad started organizing the state and enforcing the law by applying death penalty and impaling all those he considered enemies. The historians nicknamed him Vlad Țepeș, while people say he was Count Dracula because he used to sign with his father's name, Dracul "The Devil". Dracula is derived from the Romanian word for "devil" or "dragon".
Predeal is the northernmost resort on the Prahova Valley from Carpathian Mountains, located 25 km from Brașov and 147 km from Bucharest. It is the town on the highest elevation in Romania at 1033 m altitude.
Peleş Castle (http://www.peles.ro) is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia resort. It was built at the initiative of King Charles I of Romania in 1874.
The courtyard has a merry decoration, made out of plants and flowers; all round, the building's facades are animated by elegant drawings. The interior of the castle is a true wonder, due to the beauty and richness of the sculpted wood and the stained glass windows.
The establishment hosts one of the finest collections of art in Eastern and Central Europe, consisting of statues, paintings, furniture, arms and armour, gold, silver, stained glass, ivory, fine china, tapestries, and rugs. The collection of arms and armour has over 4,000 pieces, divided between Eastern and Western war pieces and ceremonial or hunting pieces, spreading over four centuries of history.
Program Conference Visit 2 (04 June 2022)
08:00 - Departure from the USAMV courtyard (Blvd. Mărăști 59- Building A Rectorate)
10:00 - Arrival at Peleș castle / Sinaia and castle tour (participants pay for the castle entrance themselves – approx. 50 RON adults/approx. 10 Euro)
12:00 - Departure to Piemonte Restaurant / Predeal
12:30 - Arrival at Piemonte Restaurant and lunch (warm buffet, sparkling/still water and local red/white wine)
14:00 - Departure to Bran castle
15:00 - Arrival at Bran castle and castle tour (participants pay for the castle entrance themselves – approx. 50 RON adults/approx. 10 Euro)
16:30 - Departure to Bucharest
19:00 - Arrival at USAMV Bucharest, end of the trip