Wine critic, author & juror
Marinela V. Ardelean is a wine critic, author and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger's International Spirits Awards. In her home country, Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine |The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy, her second home, she is a professor at Italian Chef Academy. Representing Foss Marai as Brand Manager since 2012 and Vinars Brâncoveanu as Global Brand Ambassador since 2018, recently Marinela V. Ardelean became the wine consultant for one of the largest modern retailers in Romania, Carrefour.
As an author, Marinela debuted in 2014 with an out-of-the-box bilingual edition of „50 vini di Romania incontrano 50 piatti italiani d’eccellenza”, awarded by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and ranking second best wine book of the year by the Gourmet Drinks Awards. The next year, the first edition of “The Wine Book of Romania” reached the shelves, becoming the first comprehensive annual guide to the top Romanian and Moldovan wines.
With more than a decade of experience in the drinks business, Marinela V. Ardelean is a graduate of both Economics and Law courses, as well as classes in Psychology, knowledge later joint in an Executive MBA in Wine Industry. She has been awarded the title of Dame Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and currently, she pursues a PhD title at the Timisoara University, researching The Influence of Romanian Wines in Building and Developing a Country Brand.