Moldova to host 3rd annual UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism


The 3rd UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism will take place on 5-7 September, 2018 in Chisinau, Moldova.

One of the world’s 20 largest wine-producing countries, Moldova will host the prestigious global conference on wine tourism organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Moldova, from September 5-7, 2018. The conference will focus on sustainable rural development through wine tourism—among the 2030 Sustainability Development Goals accepted at the 2015 United Nations summit.

Moldova, which borders Romania and Ukraine, is being discovered as a valuable gourmet tourism destination. For wine lovers, gourmands, soft adventure travelers, culture junkies, and journalists, this is a gem of a European country that offers unique experiences, opportunities, and an escape from crowded, more-expected, locales.
Apart from featured guest speakers at the Wine Tourism Global Conference, Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, will welcome all to the conference. Along with keynote speeches from industry experts present, there will be discussion panels and master classes. The conference will provide information about the influence of the wine industry on economic, agricultural and touristic ventures, presenting also best practices of Public-Private Partnerships for rural wine development.

Conference attendees will also visit some of the most important wineries of Moldova, such as Castel Mimi, Asconi and Cricova winery, which houses a collection of bottles considered to be a national heritage and is one of the biggest underground wine cellars in the world.

The event will serve as a precursor to Moldova’s National Wine Day, which will take place in early October. For a full list of events—wine-related and otherwise—please see our calendar.

Please visit these linked websites for more information about Moldova and the conference. Feel free to reach out with questions or requests for photos.