Why Visit Moldova?
Moldova is one of Europe’s best-kept travel secrets … but not for much longer! This small but perfectly formed nation nestled between Romania and the Ukraine is a beguiling blend of bucolic countryside, magnificent architecture, fascinating history and rural charm. Blessed with delicious food and warm people, this is the ideal destination for nature lovers, wine aficionados and travellers of all kinds. The capital of Moldova is Chișinău and the local language is Romanian, but Russian is also widely used. The areas that surround Chișinău - Moldova's beautiful capital - have been used since medieval times for cultivating grapes and fruits and the gorgeous city itself is considered to be one of the greenest capitals in Europe.
Moldova boasts some of Europe’s most ancient and fascinating wine culture, home to the biggest underground wine cellar in the world and over 150 wine producers of all shapes and sizes. Coincidently, Moldova's borders form the shape of a cluster of grapes, so it was perhaps inevitable that the wine industry would thrive here. Moldova is in fact one of the oldest wine producing regions in Eastern Europe - indigenous people would use grapes to make wine as early as 3000 BC!
Moldova's wine industry is therefore now very well-established, with longstanding winemaking traditions, stunning vineyards and incredible underground wine cellars (this is the home of Mileștii Mici, the longest wine cellar in the world and Guinness World Record holder for the world's largest wine collection - estimated at around 2 million bottles!) Moldova offers a wine travel experience that is the equal of many of the world's better known wine destinations, with wineries such as Castel Mimi and Purcari offering gorgeous wine retreats and 5-star luxury alongside fabulous food and wine tasting experiences.
Lovers of history and architecture will also appreciate Moldova's many ancient monasteries, some of which date back over 2000 years, and all guests are in for a treat when sitting down for dinner - the local cuisine is fresh, tasty and plentiful! Moldova offers an intoxicating mixture of unspoilt natural beauty, incredible local food and wine alongside world-beating hospitality which makes any visitor feel like a member of the family in a matter of minutes. Providing the warmest of welcomes is so important to Moldovan culture that ‘Be Our Guest’ has become the slogan of the country’s tourism board!