Marinela Ardelean #122
Navigating a Promising Future for Romanian Wines
Marinela Ardelean is known as an executive MBA and PhD in Marketing. Despite growing up in the stunning Maramures region in Transylvania, her passion for wine and spirits flourished while living in Italy, now her second home. Inspired by her deep love for Italian culture, a genuine feast for the soul, Marinela authored her first book. This award-winning publication, written in both languages, ingeniously paired lesser-known Romanian wines with dishes from fine Italian cuisine. A pioneer in its domain, it was the first book to harmonize the wines of one country with the food of another. As her influence expanded globally, so did her professional accolades. Notably, she received the prestigious title of Dame Chevalier in the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne—an exceptional honor. Additionally, the Italian Chef Academy selected her among the top experts in the Italian food and wine sector to lead professional development courses in sensory analysis and wine and food pairings. These achievements reflect her ongoing collaboration with the best in the industry.
Exemplifying Leadership through Unwavering Experience & Excellence
Marinela established unique standards for success in a predominantly male-dominated industry, distinguishing herself through actions infused with integrity, creativity, and empathy. The outcomes of Marinela’s efforts were evident as she collaborated with clients to formulate innovative strategies, distinctive communications, reviews for wines and spirits, and unparalleled events. In 2021, Marinela reached a new pinnacle of professional success by completing her PhD in Marketing.