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Moldova's 'National Wine Day'

The annual Moldova National Wine Day and wine festival took place on October 5 and 6 in the capital, Chisinau. The festival celebrates the fall harvest and recognizes the country's long history of winemaking, which dates back some 500 years. The event is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar and brings winemakers to town from around the country. In addition to drinking, of course, the festival offers plenty of opportunities for dancing and enjoying the country's rich folk traditions.

Winemaking in Moldova is deeply tied to the country's folk traditions.
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Winemaking in Moldova is deeply tied to the country's folk traditions.

The National Wine Day festivities brought out several dignitaries, including Agriculture Minister Vasile Bumacov (second from left), whose ministry oversees wine production.
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The National Wine Day festivities brought out several dignitaries, including Agriculture Minister Vasile Bumacov (second from left), whose ministry oversees wine production.

Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, pictured here doing a traditional dance.
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Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, pictured here doing a traditional dance.

Bottles from the Cricova winery, not far from the capital, Chisinau. This is one of the country's best-known and most successful winemakers.
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Bottles from the Cricova winery, not far from the capital, Chisinau. This is one of the country's best-known and most successful winemakers.

In Moldova, wine is intimately tied to music and folklore.
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In Moldova, wine is intimately tied to music and folklore.

'Come to Moldova and try our wines'
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'Come to Moldova and try our wines'

Traditional wine vessels and jugs were also on display at the festival.
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Traditional wine vessels and jugs were also on display at the festival.

The wine festival brought horse carts to Chisinau's central square.
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The wine festival brought horse carts to Chisinau's central square.

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti (center) tests the wine.
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Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti (center) tests the wine.

Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca tests a white varietal.
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Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca tests a white varietal.

Merlots, Pinot Noirs, and other varietals from the Denovi winery.
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Merlots, Pinot Noirs, and other varietals from the Denovi winery.

'Noroc!' (Cheers!)
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'Noroc!' (Cheers!)

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