One of the stories, which our grandparents liked to tell, was about our great-grandfather. He had been a devoted Moldovan winemaker like his descendants but as well as making the wine, he was also the owner of the local village hostel and pub. The hostel was situated in the centre of the village and was always a popular and busy place, not least because of the great hospitality enjoyed by travellers who stopped there. He was renowned for his great wine and friendliness, a quality that is evident in our parents and grandparents too.
Our grandfather inherited the same house from our great-grandfather, in the same place in the centre of the village, close to the shops and to the bus station. We remember when we used to go for a walk through the village with our grandfather; if he met someone he knew he would invite them back and offer a glass of wine. It was never an issue because the barrels were full all year round due to the large quantity of wine produced… until the new harvest. For our grandparents, the pleasure was to have enough wine to sell and to be hospitable.