Who doesn’t love a national holiday solely devoted to wine? Well, the lovely people of a small country squeezed in between Romania and Ukraine certainly do.
Despite not being especially well known for viticultural excellence, Moldova has some serious history of winemaking, and so it’s perhaps not surprising they want to show it off. We’re glad they do too!
What is it?
This annual festival is not your average celebration of the end of the grape harvest. Of course wine takes centre stage, and in a country with more than 140 wineries you can be sure of finding something that’ll tickle your taste buds. Luckily for us, Moldova covers all the main wine bases and the event will showcase a wide array of red, white, rosé, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
Whilst you’ll find classic grape varieties, with everything from Chardonnay and Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, it is the local varieties on display that really make this event special. Particular standouts are the white varieties Fetească Alba and Fetească Regală, and the red grape Rară Neagră. Seriously, what more could you ask for?