Gagauzia is an autonomous territorial unit within the Republic of Moldova, located in the southern part of the country. Established in 1994, Gagauzia is home to the Gagauz people, a unique ethnic group with a distinct culture, language, and history. The region is officially known as the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia. Gagauzia has a rich cultural heritage with influences from various civilizations, including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Gagauz people have preserved their unique traditions, including traditional dances, music, and festivals that showcase their cultural identity.
Wine tourist complex “Kara-Gani,” Vulcanesti city
“Kara-Gani” is a family winery with national character, which is engaged in grape growing and wine production. The vineyards are located in the southernmost part of the Republic of Moldova, in the town of Vulcanesti. Tourists can organize the following activities aimed at getting acquainted with the Gagauz culture: participation in the collection of grapes and their processing, excursions to wine cellars, visiting the mini-museum, where things about the life and traditions of the Gagauz people are collected, tasting, etc. The winery “Kara Gani” is included in the Wine Tour of Moldova and ATU Gagauzia and is already popular among tourists.
Ethno-tourist complex “Gagauz Sofrasi,” village of Kongaz
Ethno-tourist complex “GAGAUZ SOFRASI” has a variety of services, thanks to which each guest will find something to enjoy and will become not just a visitor of the tourist complex but will feel like a “native” inhabitant of the ethno-village, will learn the beauty and diversity of rural life, will get acquainted with the traditions and culture of the Gagauz.
The tourist complex “Gagauz Sofrasɪ” accommodates ethnic buildings: guest houses, an ethnographic museum, a terrace with panoramic views of tourist attractions of the Gagauz Autonomy, a wine cellar “Gagauz Maazası”, a restaurant of traditional Gagauz cuisine, banquet hall “Favorit” and other buildings that convey the flavor of the local traditional culture.
Ethno-estate of Petr Petkovich, v. Joltai
Honored Artist of Moldova and “the golden voice of Gagauzia” Petr Petkovici lives and works in the village of Joltai, where he opened a farmstead in the national Turkic style – an ethno-estate.
Now, in the Gagauz ethno-estate you can get acquainted with the life and traditions of the people, see the ancient methods of weaving, try on folk costumes, see traditional patterns, and, of course, taste the national cuisine.