As travelers continuously seek under-the-radar destinations as alternatives to the tourist-packed standards, wine lovers are slowly beginning to discover Moldova. The poorest country in Europe is finally finding its footing in the wine world, with four major wine regions in Condru, Valul lui Traian, Stefan Voda, and northern Balti. The country sits on about the same latitude as Bordeaux and is known for producing solid reds — as they’ve done for literally over 1,000 years.
If you like exploring, the country has over a hundred miles of wine tunnels to check out. Or you can simply cruise the countryside, taking in the pastoral scenes of vineyards and farmland. Though it’s still a little behind the rest of Europe in terms of technology and infrastructure, that’s kinda the point of going. And it’s an ideal country for going somewhere few others have been.