Wine, Nature and history
Chisinau – Orheiul Vechi – Chateau Vartely – Cricova – Chisinau
We will start the day with one of the most visited place in Moldova – Orheiul Vechi region. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting archaeological site housing the ruins of two cities (14th -16th century). Tatars settled here on their expansion to Western Europe. Continue with a visit to the well-maintained Orthodox Cave Monastery, which was expanded and modified inside the cliffs by monks over the centuries. Christian churches provide magnificent scenery through the windows of the monastery which still functions today.
After the tour of Orheiul vechi, we will visit Chateau Vartely – a unique Moldavan project for producing wines according to classic European quality standards. Excursion, tasting of 5 wines and lunch.
In the afternoon we will continue with Cricova underground galleries. You will see over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 53 hectares, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, etc. There is one story always told in this place about the Russian pilot Yuri Gagarin, who during a visit in 1966, after getting tipsy, got lost and missed the exit. He went out the next day, having spent the night in the tasting room, currently named after him. Here you can also admire the oldest bottle of wine, dating from 1902. Excursions, tasting of 4 wines and snack.
The cost of the tour may vary according with the group size, extensions, preferences, etc. Please contact US and get the best quote.