Moldova, an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic, has varied terrain including forests, rocky hills and vineyards. Its wine regions include Nistreana, known for reds, and Codru, home to some of the world’s largest cellars. Capital Chișinău has Soviet-style architecture and the National Museum of History, exhibiting art and ethnographic collections that reflect cultural links with neighboring Romania. Most of the Moldovan territory was a part of the Principality of Moldavia from the 14th century until 1812. After achieving independence from the Soviet Union, Moldova's foreign policy was designed with a view to establishing relations with other European countries, neutrality, and European Union integration. In 1995 the country was admitted to the Council of Europe. Moldova has a climate which is moderately continental; its proximity to the Black Sea leads to the climate being mild and sunny. Tourism focuses on the country's natural landscapes and its history. Wine tours are offered to tourists across the country.