Day 6: Suceava - Cotnari Cellars - Panciu

The vineyard culture at Cotnari is dated back since the 1st century BC. The accounts become important during the reign of the most important rulers of Moldova from the XV-XVI centuries. Today, Cotnari wines have exceptional qualities obtained by limiting average grape production in the attempt to choose quality at the expense of quantity. Spread over 1,700 hectares of vineyards through high-performance agricultural work, the company produces unique (mostly) white varieties as the medium-sweet "Grasa de Cotnari" who won a large number of distinctions in international and national wine competitions, as well as "Tamaioasa Romaneasca", "Francusa", or the famous roze "Busuioaca de Bohotin". Wine-tasting and lunch.

Afternoon we will discover the beautiful Agapia Monastery. It is the only monastic settlement in the country that bears the name of “Christian love”, which comes from the Greek “agapis”. The monastery is famous around the world due to its interior frescoes painted in 1858 by the great Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu (one of the founders of modern Romanian painting).

In the evening, we reach Domeniile Panciu Winery & Resort. Placed in the Moldavian Hills, the region was known since long time ago with a mild and pleasant climate, beneficial for wine growing who nowadays is spreading over 120 ha of land. Thus, the wine leaf on the Moldavian coat of arm comes from this area. The quality of wines from Panciu is documented since the XVII century when the leaders of Moldova decided to buy wineyards and to build manors, as well. Local varieties as "Babeasca", "Plavaia", "Feteasca Neagra" and "Feteasca Alba"  gave successful productions over these hundreds of years. Wine tasting, dinner and accommodation.