Conference Visit 1: Pietroasa - Istrița Research and Development for Viticulture, Winemaking and Fruit Growing Visits
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 (10 June 2024)
08:00 - Departure from the USAMV courtyard (Blvd. Marasti 59- Building A Rectorate)
10:00 - Arrival at Istrița Research and Development Station for Fruit Growing, Buzau county
10:00 - Arrival at Pietroasa Research and Development Station for Viticulture and Winemaking, Buzau county
12:30 - Lunch &Wine Tasting
15:00 – Departure to Bucharest
17:00 - Arrival at USAMV Bucharest, end of the trip
Conference Visit 2: Will be announced soon!