Moldova – best wine destination for 2018

Map of Moldova on a background of a vineyard
Moldova? Are you asking yourself where is it located? It's in Europe! A small country that looks like a grape on the map and is home not only to the largest wine cellar in the world, Mileștii Mici, but also to the second largest wine cellar in the world - Cricova, 11 km away from the capital Chisinau.

So, if you haven't visited Moldova yet, it's time to do it!

In 2018 Moldova will host the 3rd Global Conference on Wine Tourism of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Isn't that impressive? Between Spain, South Africa and Moldova, the chosen winner was this beautiful country with very hospitable people. In fact, hospitality is a synonym of Moldovan people, and you'll learn that if you watch our latest video spot on Moldova, called "Be our guest", that became viral and raised lots of discussion around the man playing the foreign guest, as it was a copy of... Brad Pitt, ups! In fact, we are so hospitable, that most probably you would never leave a party in our house if you won't drink a glass of wine at horses' mouth/a stirrup cup (la botul calului), which means to have the last glass at the doorstep, before leaving the host. Aren't we cute?

To make your life easier, our National Tourism Agency released in November an useful app called: Moldova Wine Route, which is free to download on Google Play Store and can be used in English, Russian and Romanian. The app presents the top 12 wineries of Moldova and their services (guided tours, restaurants, accommodation, wine tasting rooms), but also the best 10 wines of each of them. Besides, Moldova Wine Route helps you find the best routes with GPS navigation. Sincerely, there are some things I would improve about the app, but it is being tested right now, so it will be definitely updated. Either way, it is an useful resource when you come to Moldova.

If I haven't convinced you that Moldova is the best wine destination, see this:
According to (which I warmly recommend you to have a look at):
  • Moldova has the highest density of vineyards in the world
  • Wine industry accounts for 3.2% of the Gross Domestic Product
  • 80% of the wines produced in Moldova are exported, mainly in CIS countries
Over and above, Moldova is probably very different from everything you've seen before, and so it's going to be a unique experience. Just don't drink too much, make sure you remember something about Moldova!

As for accommodation, on you can find lots of ideas depending on your taste, from hostels designed in a Moldovan traditional style to flats for rent:

However, if you prefer to live an authentic experience in a rural guest house, see this list and choose the one you like more.

Now, if you want to visit Moldova, don't miss the 10 things you should know before you go to Moldova. Ready?

Table with two glasses of wine and grapes, Moldova.


  1. "In fact, we are so hospitable, that most probably you would never leave a party in our house if you won't drink a glass of wine" LOL this very adorable and kind of reminds me of Middle Eastern culture where if you're a guest, you get force-fed even if you say no a million times.

    But for someone who doesn't drink, is there something else in Moldova to do or see?

    1. In some cases you will even hear: if you don't drink this glass of wine, you don't respect me, haha.
      Besides good wine, we've got woooonderful cuisine as well. Moldova in itself is very interesting to visit. I'll write a post on that and explain my point! Thanks for the idea.

  2. I love wine and wine tasting trips. Havent ever been to Moldova but if there's lots of wine I'm keen to go!

  3. Wow I had no idea there were vineyards in Moldova! This looks like an awesome place for a wine getaway. The app you mentioned sounds awesome, I feel like it would be easier to navigate Napa if they had something similar!

  4. I love going to vineyards and doing wine tastings! I am going to have to check out the app. We don't usually plan trips around the vineyards but if we "happen" onto them then it's fair game!

  5. When wine and Europe are mentioned, I normally think of France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain but I hadn't realized Moldova was such a big player. The biggest and second biggest wine cellar in the world? That's amazing. What also makes Moldova such a draw for me is the way they put forward their hospitality culture. Not to mention their beautiful countryside of course.

  6. Wow I would absolutely adore visiting here one day! What a wonderful wine get away!!! Shell

  7. Never been into winery before but I really wished to visit one one day. Moldova is kinda far from where I lived but I would be very grateful to experience winery in the largest wine cellar in the world.

  8. I never knew about the wine production in Moldova so this was so interesting to read. That's amazing it has the highest density of vineyards in the world! Now I know where I'll be planning a trip next year!

  9. I have heard of Moldova and would love to visit it some day - I do like spending time in these places that no one seems to get to or write about. That app sounds particualarly useful and winery tours and adventures always make my travel list.

  10. I'd actually just read recently about Moldova and it's wine recently. As a wine lover myself, it's a good reason to visit the country. I like the fact that it's a country that's off the beaten tourist path.

  11. I've heard of Moldova from doing research with my book but I didn't know that it is a big wine country.

  12. I've never heard of this grape sized country. However, it will be on our tour list when we fly to Europe this summer. Sounds like a great place to visit, for the wine and just for curiosity sake.

  13. I have always wanted to go to Europe! I also love wine so this sounds fantastic! I will definitely visit if I ever get the chance to go. Thanks for the great read! :)

  14. I would love to visit Europe and go wine tasting with my husband. It will probably be a few more years until I can go.

  15. Courtney Blacher3 December 2017 at 09:36

    Europe is one of my bucket list for the next year! And I'm so excited for that! Glad that you shared these and I'll make sure to visit these destinations.

  16. You provided wonderful information. But since I don't drink it gets a bit lost on me :) But I've heard Moldova is beautiful so I'd go and take photos of the country instead of wine tasting.

  17. Always wanted to go to Moldova because we follow a quite popular musician from there! Din't expect the country to have that many fun things to go. The wine would be our *cup of tea* haha