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An old tradition got its formal recognition: when the wine fermentation process is over, the wine producers invite everyone to appreciate the quality and taste of the new wine. It is a great opportunity to try different types of wine, enjoy barbeque, meet people, and to get an unforgettable Moldovan experience. Folk music and dance events are planned in an open-air area, and participants can even engage in the traditional dance “hora”, a group dance symbolizing unity. Nearly 100 wineries, thousands of visitors, including tourists from all around the world gather on this day in the central square of Chisinau. Remember - Wine Festival is an excellent opportunity to discover Moldova.
October 01 st , 2021
You’ll meet your local guide and driver at the airport. Free time. Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
October 02 nd , 2021
After breakfast you’ll participate in the Wine Festival and enjoy a walking city tour of Chisinau. It includes: The Central Park and the Alley of Moldovan literature classics, the monument of Steven the Great and Saint, Great National Assembly Square, the Triumph Arch, the “Nativity” Cathedral, the Organ Hall, the Market of souvenirs, etc.
Afternoon, getting some action and visit the world famous Moldovan Cellars - Cricova, which is a real underground wine city with wide streets, warehouses, tasting rooms. The total length of its galleries is 120 km. The constant annual temperature of + 12ºC and 82–95 % humidity are perfect conditions for aging quality wines there. Cricova is also well known for brilliant sparkling-wines produced by the classic French method.
Independent dinner, same accommodation.
October 03 rd , 2021
After breakfast you’ll visit one of the most visited sites of Moldova- Orheiul Vechi (Cave Monastery Complex), located 55 km from Chisinau. This Cave Monastery is "arguably Moldova's most fantastic sight". Here you’ll see an Orthodox cave monastery called “St. Maria Dormata” expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries and preserved in a functional state nowadays. After touring about this fascinating complex, you’ll have lunch in a family-run Guesthouse located in the neighborhood village. Return to Chisinau and continue with the Wine Festival. Same accommodation.
October 04 th , 2021
Today we invite you to discover Transnistria - the old USSR is still alive and well in this autonomous region. It is a breakaway territory within the internationally recognised borders of Moldova. First city to be discovered - Bender, where we will visit its Medieval Fortress. The fortress was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldova – Tighina (old name of Bender), which was an important trade outpost. In 1538, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered the town, and renamed it Bender. Its fortifications were developed into a full fortress under the same name under the supervision of the Turkish architect Koji Mimar Sinan. The Ottomans used it to keep the pressure on Moldavia.
In Tiraspol we set off on foot to view the numerous war memorials including those commemorating the 1992 Civil War and Trans-Dniester War, and the Supreme Court, Statue of Lenin, De Volan Park etc. On the opposite side of the central square, a monument plaza features a Soviet T-34 tank, commemorating the Soviet victory in World War II. The statue of Alexander Suvorov was erected in the central square in 1979 in commemoration of his 250th anniversary.
Continue with a brandy tasting at “Kvint”. This distillery is one of the oldest Moldovan enterprises established in 1897 which produces a large variety of divines for every day consumption (3-5 years old) to superior quality and collection divines (5-50 years old). City tour of Tiraspol and accommodation in 4* Hotel in Tiraspol, traditional dinner with a family nearby Tiraspol.
October 05 th , 2021
In the morning we will start with a visit to Noul Neamt Monastery and then leaving Transnistria, heading to the South East of Moldova. First wine adventure for today - at Purcari winery. Centuries-old traditions in viticulture and winemaking of Purcari area formed the basis of a modern wine-making enterprise - Purcari, which is the only owner and keeper of Purcari zone elite wines production. The Purcari wine-making enterprise looks like a real chateau and it is the only place where people can get a notion of peculiar natural conditions along with the knowledge about the history, secrets and traditions of making legendary Purcari wines. You’ll be impressed by the combination of the chateau’s royal-like interiors and HI-Tech. Excursion and wine tasting.
An another adventure will be visiting the vineyards of "Et Cetera", that were planted in 2003 in the village of Crocmaz, Stefan Voda region, a unique micro-zone, ideal by its climatic condition for growing best vineyards. The winery was built in 2009 and at the moment it is surrounded by 50 ha of vineyards, giving a picturesque view to the visitors. The owners of the winery are two brothers - Alexandru and Igor Luchianov, professionals and real amateurs of their work. Accommodation in Etcetera or Purcari Chateau. Dinner in Etcetera.
October 06 th , 2021
Morning at leisure. Next wine adventure to the Castle Mimi, which is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. The story of the castle begins in 1893 when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, planted the first grape vines on the place that would become legend over the years. The area of Codru, where the winery is placed, has a unique microclimate and a very good terroir, as a result having intense and aromatic wines. Today the Castle Mimi winery produces classical wines like: Chardonnay, Pinot Gri, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, but also indigenous varieties as Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra.
The biggest attraction of the winery is off course the chateau and its cellars, that are built in a very old technique, so that all year round the temperature is the same: 14 degrees C. Excursion, wine tasting and lunch in the castle. Arrival in Chisinau. Accommodation to a 4* Hotel. Special dinner in a local wine bar specialized in promoting quality Moldovan wines produced by small producers.
October 07 th , 2021
Check-out. Transfer to the airport with your guide.
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