Prince Stirbey - Romania
There is this beautiful small winery situated on top of Drăgășani Hills with a stunning view over the Olt River. Property of Jakob and Ileana Kripp since 2001 they managed to take back from the state Ileana’s grandmother’s property.
The charming Ileana Kripp belongs to a Romanian nobles family with a long tradition behind. The history of Știrbey family goes back to the 15th century. An exceptional figure of those times was Prince Barbu Știrbey who was elected reigning prince of Țara Românească after the revolution of 1848. In 1946, Ileana's grandmother, Princess Maria Știrbey, inherited the 20 hectar vineyards in Dragășani. Everything was confiscated by the state in 1949 when the communists took the power and all royal families like hundreds other Romanians ended up in labor camps, prisons and many of them died due to poor living conditions.
Ileana together with her family managed to escape the country in 1969 when she was just 15. She never thought that she would return after 28 years ... In 1997 Ileana married Baron Jakob Kripp, native from South Tyrol, who was passionate about wines. Jakob Kripp was impressed by Ileana’s history and decided to recover the property and the vineyards. After just few years, in 2004, they had their first vintage focusing on single varietal wines made by the German Oliver Bauer.
He became one of Romania’s greatest wine explorer creating great wines with a unique style for Prince Știrbey and also for his own winery named Bauer. The Prince Stirbey winery has a top reputation in Romania being the first pioneer of Crâmpoșie Selecționată, the first dry Tămâioasă Românească and the first Novac, an almost extinct grape. History and old traditions are still alive through Prince Știrbey’s wines which are elegant, unique and memorable.