In the morning, after breakfast, we will departure to Old Orhei - one of the most remarkable monuments of the dim and distant past. On the eastern outskirts of the fully stocked wood, in a valley formed by cliffed rocky banks of the river Reut, at the Cape Pestere ("cave"), it was the city - Old Orhei.
The history of Old Orhei brings us back to the far back in the past - fifteenth century: reign of Stefan cel Mare. In the summer of 1470, it was finished the construction of the fortress on the rocky shore of Reut. The city's population was about two thousand inhabitants. In the early 70-ies of the XV century Orhei reached its greatest prosperity as a handicraft and trade center of Moldavian Principality. Artifacts that were found during excavations tell about the development of pottery, smithcraft, nailery, leather craft, Shoemaking, jewelry and other crafts. After the attack of the Crimean Tatars in 1499 and in 1510 respectively, Orhei was not able to restore, but attempts to revive the city were taken by hospodar Jeremiah Movila. However, already in 1603, 1633 years Orhei-called "old" or “ramshackle”.
Many scientists and lovers of antiques made great efforts to find the Old Orhei, because after its destruction, no one knew where there was this town. In 1947, the first expedition of archaeologists under the direction of G.D.Smirnov to Cape Pestere allowed to determine where Old Orhei was. During 20 years, it has been found more than 200 installations: workshops, storage rooms, cellars, houses, tools, coins, and many others. But as it turned out, Old Orhei is not the most ancient settlement that existed in this place.
The excursion will continue in the North direction, Monastery Curchi - is a genuine gem of architectural art. At various times it was the centre of work and unique creation of priests, monks, churchwardens, architects, landscape designers. Today the Curchi monastery revives the spirituality of the Orthodox people and preserves ancient traditions. The tourists visiting the monastery will find here peace of mind and become strengthened in the Christian faith.
The third point that will be visited is “Chateau Vartely” – a unique Moldavan project for producing wines according to classic European quality standards. This is the first winery in the country of complete cycle – from growing grapes to bottling – modeled on a French chateau.
Chateau is located on lands in the Central part of the country. The vineyards, near the river, provide rich harvests of the finest white grapes, aided by the unique soil composition and comfortable climate conditions. Other part of the vineyards, where are grown red sorts of grapes reaching the production of wine at Chateau, are placed in the South of Moldova. The winegrowers and wine makers chose these lands, which are amazingly similar with the best plots of the province Bordeaux, after a careful analysis of soil and climate. Mature and young vineyards occupy about 380 ha, there are planted young vines brought from European winegrowers, as well adapted material from Moldovan winegrowers. Chateau’s vineyards lay over on plains, fact that provides an optimal lightening to vines.
In Chateau Varity’s wine collection, you will always find the wine, which will suit perfectly your taste, temper, mood and event of your life.The excursion included 2 types of wine tasting.
Technical information: Length of the route both ways - 170 km, duration - 6 hours. Shoes can be chosen at the tourists’ discretion, clothing for men: trousers covering the knees, shirts, t-shirts with at least short sleeves, clothing for women: skirts, blouses without a deep cleavage, shoulders covered, and a headscarf. It is allowed to have drinking water and some food for a snack.
In the Butuceni village you may take lunch with traditional dishes with homemade wine tasting.