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.
You’ll meet your local guide and driver at the airport. Check-in. After check-in you’ll have a city tour about the capital of Moldova – Chisinau. It includes: visit to the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, 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. Dinner in the local restaurant specialized in traditional Moldovan cuisine (optional).
After breakfast you’ll participate in the Wine Festival. This event includes: The Parade of wine-makers, the Fair of Wine, the Public and Professional wine tastings. Today you’ll see the world famous Moldovan Cellars – Milestii Mici, mentioned in the Guinness Records Book. The length of the winery is 200 km at a depth of 40-85 meters. The constant temperature of 12-14ºC and the humidity of 85–95 % of this “kingdom of wine” ideally contribute to the full revelation of natural characteristics of elite wines. Wine tasting and lunch.
Optional: You may also visit Cricova winery, 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 wine there. Cricova is well known for brilliant sparkling-wines produced by the classic French method.
After breakfast we’ll continue with the Wine Festival. In the afternoon you’ll visit one of the most visited sites of Moldova- Orheiul Vechi (Cave Monastery Complex), located in 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 ago and preserved in a functional state nowadays. After excursion about this fascinating complex and you’ll have lunch with folk program in the Moldovan family pension located in the neighborhood village. After Orheiul Vechi you’ll visit a monastery Curchi, the real pearl of our religious life. Here you’ll visit some churches, and among them – the “Virgin’s Assumption” Cathedral, built by the drawings of genius architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. In the afternoon you’ll continue with the touristic complex “Chateau Vartely” – 20 minutes’ drive from Curchi monastery. Excursion, wine tasting and dinner. Return to Chisinau.
In the morning, we’ll start to Purcari winery, located in the South-Eastern part of Moldova. 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, wine tasting and lunch. Return to Chisinau.
Check-out. Transfer to the airport with your guide.
Dates of Festival:
30th of September – 04th of October 2016