MOLDOVA

Country of wines

There is a country in the East in which it is hard to find homestead without supplies of wine. It is also hard to talk about Moldova without the company of this drink, which history and heritage is one of the main points of Moldovan national pride. It may seem funny, but the shape of Moldova on the geographical map looks like a bunch of grapes. But what can be a better recommendation for this country, in which wine production estimates between (it depends on sources) 4-10% of Gross domestic product and over 140 vineyards cover nearly 5% of the entire country? There is a legend that in ancient times Moldovans besieged by Turkish army in the Soroki Castel, were saved by storks, which flying over the fortress, dropped bunches of grapes when defenders ran out of supplies.

It is said that Moldovans learned wine art from the Greeks more than 2,5 thousand years ago, but only during the reign of Stephen the Great, who always before every battle he won, he drank huge amounts of wine, Moldovan wine culture flourished. During his rule, masters who made local wines famous all over Central and Eastern Europe, were brought to Moldova. After the times of glory in the history of Moldova (during the reign of Stephen the Great), wine traditions of the country survived thanks to monks, however, the takeover of Moldova’s territories by Tsarist Russia in 1812, contributed to the development of this sector of the local economy again. Thanks to investments made then, Moldovan wines won many awards in European competitions in the 19th century. It is worth mentioning that even after the World War II, despite political enslavement, Moldova as one of the republics of the USSR, still cultivated its wine traditions, while being the largest producer and internal supplier of wine in the Soviet Union at the same time. Contemporary Moldavian vineyard zones can be divided into 3 parts. In the north grapes for sweet home wines and for brandy dominates. Mainly there are strains such as: Pinot Gris, Feteasca, Aligote and Traminer. The middle part is dominated by vineyards used in light wines, while the south, commonly known as Purcari Zone (from the oldest Moldovan vineyard), is undoubtedly the crown of Moldavian winery famous from the excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or local, but also great Rara Neagra. What is important for effect, Moldova has specific microclimate, which consist of both the high location of crops (around 130 meters), but also Dniester neighbourhood, as well as climate influence from Black Sea. Our wines come from the southern region of Moldova and have been selected because of their unique character.

mołdawia