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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!

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Best Known Grapes

Two of Moldova's best known indigenous grapes are Fetească Albă and Fetească Regală. As with any wine region, when visiting Moldova, we thoroughly recommend that guests sample as many indigenous varieties and local styles as they can lay your hands on! However, there are plenty of international varieties present here as well, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Aligoté and Pinot Noir.
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Best time to visit

The best time to go to Moldova is from  May to June  and from  September to October . Summers can get quite hot (around 35 degrees) and winters can be snowy and very cold.

How long to stay

Moldova's beauty and culture deserve to be thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed, and we recommend a minimum of  5 days  for enough time to explore Chișinău before heading out into the countryside to discover the many monasteries and wineries.
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How to get there

Fly into Chişinău, Moldova's only international airport. There are several international train lines that terminate in Chişinău too. Chisinau Airport is located 12km (7mi) from the city centre. The closest airport for connecting flights is Bucharest, but other alternatives are Vienna, Munich and Kiev. Many tourists choose to fly into Bucharest and take the overnight train to Chisinau. It's a memorable experience, but not one for the faint hearted, although First Class tickets are available too. Take a taxi from the airport into the city. As they come in all colours and types, it can be confusing so it is advised to accept rides only from clearly marked taxis. Chisinau is ideally located in the centre of Moldova within short driving distance to the best wineries.   By car, the border checkpoints with Romania are Leuşeni, Criva and Sculeni. The border checkpoints with Ukraine are Otaci and Tudora/Palanca. Giurgiuleşti is a border checkpoint both with Romania and Ukraine.
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