¨The autumn.. In Moldova, the autumn…¨
Warm autumn, light wind
Leaves – scattered,
I picked up in my palm
Wishes for Moldova!
A new autumn is knocking on the the door of the summer, just to be welcomed, and to bring with it all the wonderful gifts that it holds: beautiful colourful landscapes, fruit in the vineyards and orchards, gentle sun and a lot of peace. The autumn is a good opportunity for tourists to visit Moldova’s vineyards . The Republic of Moldova is definetely appreciated all over the world for its good wine and its impressive rustic nature. So, in this article, we thought that a trip or an autumn escapade through the most beautiful localities and vineyards in the Republic of Moldova would catch your attention!
- Cantemir district
The most beautiful hills covered with vineyards are situated in the village of Tartaul in Cantemir district, Moldova. Strolling around the surroundings, you will be impressed by the scenic area. The place is divine, and offers plenty of opportunities for an unforgettable experience.Tartaul is well known for its vineyard culture. In Tartaul, almost the totality of the land is covered by vineyards rather than by other agricultural crops. For hundreds of years, the inhabitants of this land have tamed the vine – a symbol of continuity and eternity. If the wines from the Republic of Moldova have become a bearer of the fame of the country all over the world, Tartaul is rightfully one of their places of origin. The wine produced on the vineyards of the tartaulens is lovingly treated by the villagers. The secret of the wine lies in the grapes, say the inhabitants of the village. The wine is made from grapes harvested manually from fruit-bearing vineyards in the autumn, hooves under the sun, and after one year’s of hard work, the wine acquires a noble taste.
The complexity of Tartaul’s geographic landscape offers favorable conditions for the mass-scale cultivation of grape varieties and not only that. Most of the inhabitants work in viticulture, and own vineyards on tens of hectares. There are viticulturists who own vines with several varieties: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Moldova, Muscat Ottonel, Fetească Albă, Lora, Arcadia, Cardinal, etc. For the vast majority it is the basic industry for making a living.
Tourists who will visit Tartaul will have the opportunity to participate in various vine processing activities (from the cutting of the shoots to the grapes to the grapes) and in the wine processing in the autumn.
It will probably surprise you, but almost every villager in the village of Tartaul is involved in viticulture. Every inhabitant owns some vineyards at home. Everyone can serve you a glass of cool wine. Everyone in Tartaul is a good storyteller after a glass of wine, and can tell you the secrets wine processing. Just talk to the local wine lovers.
Where is Tartaul situated?
The village of Tartaul lies on the bank of the Larga River, in the south of the Republic of Moldova, in the Cantemir district. Tartaul is located 15 km from Cantemir, 45 km from Cahul, 135 km from Chisinau, 108 km from Galati and 354 km from Bucharest.
In Purcari, the vine is cultivated following the most strict canons of French viticulture. The wines from the famous Purcari area are the most significant business card of the Republic of Moldova, being known in Europe for three centuries in a row. The French recognized their splendor and quality at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878 and awarded them the gold medal. The Tsar’s family bought them for consumption, and in the twentieth century they were delivered to the English royal court. Wines not only compare to the famous ones in Bordeaux, but they also differ greatly by their originality. That’s why they were bought by large commercial companies in the past to be sold at high prices bearing French names. In Purcari vineyards, the red varieties of grapes – Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Rare Black, grow, which produce ripened wines with a harmonious, full taste and rich bouquet of tuna, blackcurrant, violins and noble oak .
Cricova’s vineyards are the largest in the Republic of Moldova, and cover an area of approximately 600 hectares, out of which 135 hectares are in the southern region of Moldova – the Cahul district, 200 hectares in Criuleni district of the central region of the country, about 130 hectares near Cricova and 90 hectares of vineyard in Gavannoasa. The vineyards near the town of Cricova are the most beautiful and most visited. Here is also a true underground city made of galleries with over 80 kilometer length, the majority used for wine storage, which is also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Republic of Moldova. In the huge cellars, throughout the year, the temperature is kept constant around + 12 ° – + 14 ° C and the humidity around 97-98%. Thanks to these optimal natural conditions it is possible to preserve and mature the wines of the highest quality, as well as the classic sparkling wine, with the formation of their authentic charcater. “Cricova” is one of the few producers in the world to produce sparkling wines with the French classic method invented by the famous knight Dom Pierre Perignon: “La Méthode Champenoise” by means of secondary fermentation in the glass and subsequent ripening in a horizontal position for at least 3 years . The Cricova cellars also house a remarkable collection of bottles wine and unique exhibits, such as “Easter Jerusalem”, “Ian Beher” (the 1902 harvest), along with a further 158 brands from Burgundy, Moselle, Tokaji, Rhein, etc.
The autumn in Moldova will surprise you with its spectacular colours, and will inspire beautiful moments wherever you are, not only in the hills, the vineyards or the villages, but also in the cities, the parks and the alleys. With a pair of comfortable shoes, a backpack and a camera, you can capture some of the places, stories but also people who enjoy this wonderful season!
And do not forget that the autumn likes to count … excursions
We are waiting for You in Moldova ! 😉
An article by Irina Staver.