Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

I have to admit that before travel to Moldova I had. This landlocked nation is situated in Eastern Europe north west of the Balkan Peninsula. During my trip I was fortunate enough to experience that the Ziua de Vinuri, or Annual Moldovan Wine Festival — after the grapes have been harvested a national event that’s held each autumn. A number of the country wineries host the festival, which set in Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau.

History of Wine in Moldova

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Wine Production

Moldova is a state with a convention in viticulture. Its lands have been home to vineyards since approximately 3000 B.C., but the Thracians planted the first vines as far back as 7000 B.C. Moldova’s place in the Black Sea basin provides it dirt mineral-rich and ideal for farming.

Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Participating Wineries

This led it to develop into a significant provider of wine into the former Soviet Union (USSR). Even throughout Moldova, Russian aristocrats started vineyards below the Russian Empire. By the end of the 19th century Moldovan wines have been exported to Europe.

Nowadays the economy of the country is still mainly based on agriculture. Luckily for wine fans, Moldova’s fertile soil makes it possible to over 147,000 hectares of vineyard to flourish during its four main wine areas: Valul lui Traian (southwest), Stefan Voda (southeast), Codru (center), and also Balti (north). While another 30 percent are reds 1 percent of wine is of the number.

For the Negru de Purcari reddish selection, Moldova is famous of all its own wines.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Since the vineyards are extensive and rich, it’s just natural for your Moldovians to wish to celebrate the tastes of their own wines.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

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Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Obviously , the Moldovan Wine Festival is an outdoor event that takes place in fall, during the first weekend of October, once the grapes are already within baskets. The whole country catches the wine festival fever resulting in National Wine Day. The parties are not limited to Chisinau. Villages and cities join in on the activity.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

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However, the center of the wine festival is in Chisinau, which will be the scene for several singing and dancing events. It is an excellent place for the names and winemakers to match and taste the competition. The festival takes place in the area that stretches into the Moldoexpo exhibition site, from the Stefan cel Mare Boulevard, the key boulevard of the city.

Winemakers setup booths for guests and tastings partake in traditional dances. Vendors sell gastronomic pleasures including sarmale (little wrapped cabbages stuffed with minced meat and rice) with polenta, along with placinte (curd cakes), which can be ready with cheese, cheese and celery, apple, or pumpkin.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Tourists are invited to get involved in the festivities by minding a minumum of one traditional clothing thing (e.g. embroidered peasant blouse, head scarf, belly ring ), tasting wines, and linking on the folk dances.

The Moldovan Wine Festival features several of the big names of the country . Milesti Mici (the biggest wine collection in Europe with over 1.5 million bottles planted in 200 kilometers of underground temples ), Cricova, Purcari, Chateau Vartely, Cazaiac-Vin and many others are frequent participants.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Suvorov Vin Winery

Cricova Winery

Chateau Vartely Wine Exhibit

Purcari Wine Tasting Event

Milesti Mici Wines

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

I definitely recommend planning your trip if you are interested in travel to Moldova. It is but one of the largest national events of the year!

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Here are some photos in my Moldovan Wine Festival experience:

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Nearby checking the Various Regional wine Sellers out

Trio of Moldovan folk dancers posing for the camera

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Folk dancing

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

Kids joining in on the folk dances

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

A newly married couple celebrates with the crowd

A dance performance to kick off the festivities

For more amazing pictures of Moldova have a look at my post: 45 Charming Instagram Pictures of Moldova.

I strongly recommend Ways Travel, if you are trying to arrange a tour to Moldova. They have local guides that can show you areas that you will not otherwise find yourself and are enthusiastic about their country.

Your Guide to the Annual Moldovan Wine Festival

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