Europe's Next Hot Wine Destination? Moldova.

Cricova wine Muldova
Cricova wine Muldova

Moldywhatnow? Oh, you haven't heard of Moldova? Not to worry. Being Europe's least visited country (just 9000 international arrivals in 2011), Moldova is accustomed to blank stares whenever its name comes up.

Alas, scanning headlines for Moldova usually yields reports on poverty, dizzying political hijinks and its status as the unhappiest country on Earth. So, it's not uncommon for eyebrows to shoot up when people hear that not only are Moldova's sunshine, rainfall and forest soils ideal for wine grapes, but recent developments are rapidly fostering what could be the next hot wine-lovers' destination in Europe.