Marinela Ardelean #120

As a leading authority in the wine and spirits industry, Marinela Ardelean brings both deep expertise and a fresh perspective to create meaningful results with my clients.Nominations 2023-2024/Ambassador/Ambassador of the Year/

Visionary for the Bright Future of Romanian Wines

When I work on behalf of something I believe in, I feel nothing is impossible, — says Marinela Ardelean, executive MBA, PhD in Marketing. As her authority grew globally, so too did her professional distinctions. Notably, she was awarded the prestigious recognition of Dame Chevalier in the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, an exceptional honor. She was also selected by the Italian Chef Academy from among top experts in the Italian food and wine sector to lead professional development courses in sensory analysis and wine and food pairings, among other invitations to collaborate with the best of the industry.

Leading Through Experience & Excellence Without Compromise

In 2021, Marinela achieved a new level of professional success: completing her PhD in Marketing.

Visionary for the Bright Future of Romanian Wines

Propelled by this purpose, she wrote her first book, then four more, all highlighting the reborn local wine industry. From Marinela’s extensive research and thus conviction in the quality of Romanian wines, she conceived of the idea for RO-Wine, The International Wine Festival of Romania, and identified the most outstanding co-founders with whom to realize this vision.

Marinela Ardelean is honored to be a recipient of many world-known awards and distinctions:

  • Awarded for excellence at the CONAF Gala “Women in Economy – Day by day Heroes” in 2023
  • Speaker at TEDx Cornișa Women in Târgu Mureș, Romania in 2022
  • Winner of “The Active Role in Society” Award in 2019
  • Honorary Member, Baia Mare Rotary Club, Romania in 2019
  • Winner of the “Special Projects” Award at the Romanian Values Gala in 2017
  • Second Place, Gourmand Drinks Awards in 2015
  • Winner of “Best Romanian Sommelier” Award in 2014
  • Holds a PhD in Marketing, Executive MBA, and various certifications in wine and busine