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About Moldova (part 3)

By right people call Moldova "sunny": there are nearly 200 sunny days a year. The average temperature is 25 C (77 F ) in summer and 0 C ( 32 F) in winter. The most beautiful season is autumn, when there are plenty of fruits and vegetables, multiflorous verdure and young wine. That is why the majority of weddings in Moldova falls on exactly this season.

The winemaking in Moldova plays an important role in the national industry, representing an inalienable element of Moldavian culture. Call on either village house and you'll be met with a glass of fine homemade wine. The wine made by the host himself is the object of his pride. So do not hurry to refuse the hospitable treating otherwise you can hurt host's feelings.

There are a lot of legends connected with wine. One of them tells that many years ago there was Moldavian fortress besieged by enemies. The defenders of the fortress had a fight of their lives, but after several weeks of defense they were left without a bit of water and forces were leaving them because of thirst. The enemies were celebrating their victory - some more time and they could climb the walls of fortress. But the miracle happened: the sky became dark because of flying storks, each of them holding a bunch of grapes. Having flied over the besieged fortress the storks dropped bunches to the fortress' defenders. Having quenched their thirst the worriers rushed to fight against enemies with new forces. The enemies were defeated and the stork holding a bunch of grapes became a symbol that you can see on the bottles of perfect Moldavian wines.

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