MOLDOVA REAL WINE AND FOOD ADVENTURE

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TASTE MOLDOVAN WINE AND FOOD DURING THIS 4-DAY TRIP!

Enjoy a wine and food experience in Moldova and let yourself discover the tasty traditional dishes from Moldovan cuisine. You will learn how to prepare such traditional dishes as “placinte” (pies) and roll-ups during a masterclass at a local guesthouse in Butuceni village. You will enjoy a wine tasting at Pivnitele din Branesti winery and you will discover Cricova winery – one of the largest wine cellars in the world (120 km). You will be acquainted with the taste of 5-10 years old spirits at Kvint wine and brandy factory and enjoy caviar tasting at Aquatir Sturgeon Complex. While visiting Castel Mimi winery you will be amazed by the beauty of the castle, which is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. At Castel Mimi you will taste delicious wines and have dinner at its restaurant.



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Chisinau city

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Castel Mimi winery

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Pivnitele din Branesti...

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Cultural, Natural and...

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Butuceni guesthouse

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"Placinte" and roll-ups...

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Cricova winery

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Aquatir Sturgeon Complex

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Ukranian Borscht at...

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Tiraspol city

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Kvint wine and brandy...

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Itinerary A day-by-day plan to guide your journey. Download PDF

Day 1: Castel Mimi winery – one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine

On arrival at Chisinau International Airport, you will enjoy a city tour of Chisinau which is the main administrative, scientific and cultural centre of Moldova. During the tour, you will discover pieces of history and culture of the city such as the Nativity of Christ Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great, etc.

After the city tour, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chisinau.

Next stop will be at Castel Mimi winery located in Bulboaca village - a destination of interest unique in Moldova. Castel Mimi is currently listed among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world of wine. The story of the castle begins at the end of 1893, when Constantin Mimi, the last governor of Bessarabia, plants the first grape vines on the place that would become legend over the years. Here, you will taste Castel Mimi wines, including Rosu de Bulboaca wine, an incomparable wine with outstanding features and elegant flavor. You will enjoy a tasty dinner at Castel Mimi restaurant.


HIGHLIGHTS: Chisinau city, Castel Mimi winery

Day 2: “Placinte” making masterclass in Butuceni village and wine experience with dinner at Cricova winery

In the morning, you will travel to Branesti village where you will discover Pivnitele din Branesti winery and taste new wine. It has 50 km of underground cellars, reaching to depths of 60 m beneath the surface. There are two tasting halls at Branesti, one of which is located underground. The halls are decorated with wood and metal that reproduce images related to vine cultivation and winemaking. You will visit the Stone Age Complex of Pivnitele din Branesti winery where thanks to the absence of internet and mobile communications you can escape from civilization and city noise.

Next, you will set off on a time travel to Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) to see a natural amphitheater revealing a territory which was first inhabited 40 000 years ago. The Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi includes a series of historical and cultural monuments as well as natural landscapes in the gorge of the Raut River. Ancient fortifications, cave monasteries, monks and hermits – here you can follow the history of this region. The originality of Orheiul Vechi landscape is due to the gorge of the Raut River, dug under the form of a canyon in the limestone layers of the former Sarmatian Sea, about 14 million years ago. This region is famous for its natural, rustic food and endless hospitality. In every home, you will be welcomed as the dearest guest.

The day will continue at Butuceni guesthouse, where you will enjoy a culinary masterclass during which you will learn how to cook traditional “placinte” (pies) with sour cherries and roll-ups with rose petal jam. At lunch you will taste traditional Moldovan dishes such as “zeama” (chicken soup with homemade egg noodles), “mamaliga” and Moldovan sweet roll-ups which melt in the mouth. You will also have possibility to learn dancing traditional Moldovan dances.

Next, you will discover Cricova winery – the only wine enterprise that was awarded the highest state prize “The Order of the Republic” and has been declared by law a national cultural heritage. During the excursion at Cricova winery in the tourist train, at a depth of 80 m, you will discover the wonders of this place. Cricova underground galleries are formed by over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 120 km, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Cahors, etc. The jewel of the underground treasure is the National Collection, including over 600 types of wine totalling about 1 million bottles. Here you will admire the oldest bottle of wine - "Jewish Easter Wine", dating from 1902. You will also visit the unique production of sparkling wine, where a professional guide will tell you about all the process of producing sparkling wines using the famous French-style Méthode Champenoise. In one of the tasting rooms, the sommelier will explain the rules of wine tasting and help you better reveal the taste and bouquet of each type of wine. In the end, you will have a delicious dinner at Cricova winery.



HIGHLIGHTS: Pivnitele din Branesti winery, Cultural, Natural and Landscape Reserve Orheiul Vechi, Butuceni guesthouse, "Placinte" and roll-ups masterclass at Butuceni guesthouse , Traditional dishes at Butuceni guesthouse , Cricova winery

Day 3: Caviar and brandy tasting in Tiraspol

In the morning, you will set off on a time travel in Transnistria. While in Tiraspol, you will discover a real treasure – Aquatir Sturgeon Complex, one of the largest hatcheries in Europe. The complex is equipped with the latest technologies and the fish can reach the size of a man. You will get the chance to taste one of the most expensive culinary delights – caviar accompanied with a glass of sparkling wine or vodka.

In the afternoon, you will have lunch at Kumanek restaurant in Tiraspol. Ukrainian borscht with garlic donuts is one of the famous dishes of this restaurant.

During the city tour in Tiraspol, you will discover Vladimir Lenin’s monument and the tank left from the Second World War. The city seems to be a vestige of the Soviet past. Nevertheless, you will be amazed by the contrasts, one of which is the football complex „Sheriff” - a pearl of contemporary architecture.

After lunch, you will visit Kvint wine and brandy factory where harmony, refinement and tradition underlie the oldest and most genuine spirits. Here you will be acquainted with the taste of 5-10 years old spirits such as Kvint, Doina, Tiras, Nistru and Surprise.

In the evening, you will have dinner at a pub in Chisinau.


HIGHLIGHTS: Aquatir Sturgeon Complex, Ukranian Borscht at Kumanek restaurant , Tiraspol city, Kvint wine and brandy factory
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What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at the hotel of your choice in Chisinau;
  • Breakfast at the hotel of your choice;
  • Lunch on day 2, 3 of the itinerary;
  • Brunch on day 4 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Tasting of homemade wine at Pivintele din Branesti winery;
  • Tasting of 4 types of wine at Сastel Mimi winery and 7 types of wine at Cricova winery;
  • Tasting of 2 types of caviar at Aquatir Sturgeon Complex;
  • Tasting of 5 types of brandy at Kvint wine and brandy factory;
  • “Placinte” and roll-ups masterclass;
  • Food and wine pairing masterclass;
  • Transportation during the entire itinerary;
  • English speaking guide.