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Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Chateau Vartely

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Back in September my parents came to visit me in Moldova.   Along with visting my host families and seeing where I live and work, we visited 2 wineries.  The first was Cricova, one of the largest wine cellars in the world, and the second was Chateau Vartely.  Chateau Vartely is about an hour north of Chisinau in a town called Orhei.  I had seen signs for it, and heard wonderful things about their tastings.  So on our last morning in Moldova my host parents offered to drive us to Orhei since they were driving past the town for their work day.  We got out at the sign and started walking.  We realized later that it wasn’t the most effective way to walk and after 2 hours we finally made it to the winery.  They gave us a great tour right away and then we tasted 6 of their wines.  And one of the best parts about the tasting is that you get to keep the bottle after it is opened for your tasting.  So we had 6 bottles that we walked away with.  After our wine tasting we had lunch in their restaurant and drank 2 of the white wines we had just tried.  We then made our way to the bus station so we could catch a ride to Chisinau and then catch our train to Bucharest.  I highly recommend Chateau Vartely, their wine is delicious and the service great too

O zi buna!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

One thought on “Chateau Vartely

  1. What a fun day! 🙂

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