The Republic of Moldova is a wine country. We have a vineyard area of 112,000 hectares with over 100 varieties of grapes. Most of them are european, but we have some characteristic only to our country. The most popular are: Aligote, Muscat, Pinot, Chardonnay, Feteasca, Sauvignon, Traminer, Riesling, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot-Noir and Malbec.

We also have a lot of traditions linked to wine, one of which we transformed into a National Holiday. Do you know which holiday am I speaking about? The National Wine Day! It celebrates the end of the harvest of grapes and the crafting of the new wine (Tulburel).

Old Orhei, Wine Day

Since 2001, in October, we celebrate the National Wine Day. The previous years it was a big event with a concert in the city centre, on the main square. Unfortunately, because of the protests, this year they had to change the concept of the event. The big wineries invited the wine lovers to their wineries, while the small ones had the chance to present their wines in the Old Orhei region. In this way, the wineries had the chance to talk to their most loyal clients and we, as customers, chose those wineries that produce the wines we love the best. I think it was good for building a closer relationship and making “wine-friends”!

On Saturday, we went to try the wines of the small wineries and see how the event was held.

Old Orhei, Wine Day

 

 

Old Orhei, Wine Day

Old Orhei, Wine Day

Carpe Diem is a crafting wine exclusively from Moldavian grapes.

My favourites at this exhibition were Mezalimpe with their Merlot, Carpe Diem with Feteasca Regala and Feteasca Neagra, Molda Chardonnay – Merlot and Rose. Also, we tried a delicious young wine from the Carpe Diem Winery, we call it Tulburel which can be loosely translated as Unsettled.

 

It was full of tourist, which makes us proud of ourselves!

If you were to lazy to move from the degustation point to the restaurant, as there was limited access of the cars, you could take a taxi.

 

Old Orhei, Wine Day

No, in the rest of the country do not use horses as taxi. It is only for tourists. 

After the degustation of all that wine, we were invited to discus our preferences during the cooking process at the boarding-house “Butuceni”.

Old Orhei, Wine Day

Old Orhei, Wine Day

As result we made Moldavian traditional pie called Placinte and dumplings with cherries or Coltunasi.

In my personal opinion, mixing the National Wine Day with the picturesque scenery of the Old Orhei is a very inspired idea, as people and, especially, tourists have the chance to taste not only the wine, but also our culture.

So I invite you all to join us next year to celebrate one of the most fun and dazzling holidays of Moldova, the National Wine Day!

Articol scris în cadrul proiectului Descoperă Moldova – Drumul Vinului 2015, organizat de către Oficiul Național al Viei și Vinului (ONVV), în parteneriat cu ANTRIM, SIXT Rent a Car Moldova, susținut de Hotel OlsiChateau VartelyPurcariCricova, Asconi WineryMimi, Gitana WineryPerna MeaAgro pensiunea Butuceni și găzduit de către Orheianca.eu.

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