One of my fondest memories in Moldova is a stay at Et Cetera winery and guest house. One early spring, my family and a friend’s family went there for an overnight visit.
From the beginning of the planning till the end of our trip, the staff at Et Cetera was one of the best we have encountered here in Moldova. The owners and all other personnel there were warm and welcoming. Similarly, the environment and the atmosphere was tranquil and friendly.
The winery is nice and small and the owner gave us a perfect tour. It was a tour as cozy as it can get–one of the owners guided just us and our friends through the winery. We could taste almost any barrels we found interesting, and ask any questions that we came up with. Tasting the freshest sips of wine with the aroma of the barrels in the background, and hearing the stories of how Et Cetera came to be was a real treat! (and believe me, that story is something you want to hear if you are ever there)
The area around was so green and vast. We took long and refreshing walks through the grape vines and the fruit orchards. Our kids played frisbee in the huge grass field. We ran down the small airplane landing zone (yess!!). We sat at the table outside and drank warm tea (after we had too much wine).
The food at their restaurant was superb! Just thinking of that dinner and the breakfast gets me really wishing to go back again. For dinner, they had pate, fresh salads, fish soup, placinte and more. They were all devoured with lots of praise from all of the clientele. (that’s for sure!) And of course, the wine was as good as ever.
Our bedrooms were the perfect place to rest after a very good day. I took some time to take picture of the rooms and the hall and the bathroom, and I noticed that Et Cetera has done a wonderful job of interior design with quality products. I don’t know what I expected of their guest house prior to coming, but my experience was that of a luxurious hotel.
So, if you haven’t been at Et Cetera as an expat, you have missed out on a heart-warming and peaceful experience.
Et Cetera has a really nice website – The Really Nice Website of Et Cetera – where you can make reservations and such.
I heard that they can even organize a very private plane ride to their winery (it is 2 hours of car ride from Chisinau, after all). I haven’t inquired about this myself, but that is something to work on for the curious and adventurous ones out there.