Moldova, Moldova

Moldova - a land of contrasts

With a population of less than 4 million, Moldova is a small country tucked between Romania and Ukraine offering authenticity in its purest form. Blessed with a delicious food and warm people, this is the ideal destination for nature lovers, wine aficionados and travellers who are eager to uncover Moldova's religious monuments and beautiful countryside. Coincidently, Moldova's borders form the fine shape of a cluster of grapes. With over 140 wineries, the country has a well-established wine industry with the centre and the south having particularly longstanding winemaking traditions. With beautiful vineyards and underground wine cellars (through some of these you will have to drive in a life size car!), here you will find a real diversity of red, white...
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With a population of less than 4 million, Moldova is a small country tucked between Romania and Ukraine offering authenticity in its purest form. Blessed with a delicious food and warm people, this is the ideal destination for nature lovers, wine aficionados and travellers who are eager to uncover Moldova's religious monuments and beautiful countryside.

Coincidently, Moldova's borders form the fine shape of a cluster of grapes. With over 140 wineries, the country has a well-established wine industry with the centre and the south having particularly longstanding winemaking traditions. With beautiful vineyards and underground wine cellars (through some of these you will have to drive in a life size car!), here you will find a real diversity of red, white and sparkling wine.

Moldova has deeply-rooted traditions and a rich cultural heritage, including museums, monasteries and a captivating landscape.

When to go and for how long?

The best time to go is from May to June and from September to October. Summers can get quite hot, but if you like the sun and 35C then Moldova is for you! It is worth staying at least 3 days to have enough time to explore the capital of Chisinau, the monastries and wineries.

Where to go?

  • Wine enthusiasts will find Moldova to be the perfect vineyard holiday destination. There are exceptional wine tasting tours organized at Chateau Vartely, Cricova, Mileștii Mici and Et Cetera and Chateau Cojusna wineries, located close to the capital of Moldova, Chișinău. Another great winery to visit is Purcari. Its vineyards benefit from their location in the south-east, close to the Black Sea and the river Dniester. To find out what our Top 6 Wineries to Visit in Moldova are, see our Blog post.
  • The areas surrounding Chișinău have been used since medieval times for cultivating grapes and fruits. The city itself is considered one of the greenest capitals in Europe. Take a walk on the Alley of Classics in the Ștefan cel Mare Park, an open-air museum of the greatest writers and political figures of the country, then head down towards the Triumph Arch. Chișinău is home to the National Fine Arts Museum, the National Museum of Archaeology and History, and the National Museum Of Ethnography And Natural History.
  • There are other places of historical importance to visit, such as Căpriana, with one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova. Orheiul Vechi, Țîpova and Saharna are the most renowned in the country for their cave monasteries. Allow plenty of time for hiking. The most remarkable fortresses are in the towns of Soroca and Tighina. Soroca also holds the Thanksgiving Candle Monument, which gives a breathtaking viewpoint of the town, the river Dniester and the surrounding landscape stretching to Ukraine. Take a moment to visit the cave of Bechir. Driving through the countryside will give you an idea of Moldovan traditional houses, which include a cellar, a must for every household.
  • In the summer, Vadul lui Voda, a resort on the bank of the Nistru river, becomes a popular weekend destination for locals and tourists. Places like Villa Drago provide great accommodation as well as a great place to spend a day away from the Capital. You can rent a boat with your friends and explore the river bank and the calming nature.

Don’t miss!

  • The National Wine Day Festival takes place in the Great National Assembly Square of Chișinău on the first weekend of October. It marks the end of the grape-harvesting season and aims to bring together producers and consumers. Evry year it paves the way to potential business partnerships. The music, traditional Moldovan dancing and music, traditional dishes served with new and older vintages of Moldovan wines, and the handmade souvenirs creafted on the spot by skilful locals is wonderful. Just to make things easy, travel agencies also take part in the festival and offer sightseeing and wine tours which you can book on the spot.
  • If Halloween is about carving pumpkins, Bostaniada is also about its consumption in more than 200 forms, including delicious pumpkin pies – placinte cu bostan. It takes place in September in Lozova, an easily accessible village situated 45km north-west of Chișinău. This is a chance to admire creative exhibitions where the pumpkin is presented as a decoration, as a musical instrument and even as vessel for drinking wine. Like all Moldovan celebrations, this festival involves plenty of other foods, folk music and unusual handicrafts. Don’t miss the market where you can buy products from the freshest five-a-day to the highest quality local honey, cheese and eggs. Also available, find traditional objects such as quality handmade clay pots and authentic traditional garments such as the Moldovan 'ie'.
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