Moldova is located in the South-East of Europe, between Ukraine and Romania, in the Black Sea basin. The country has a variety of landscapes, with low hills, sunny plateaus and plains, crossed by a lot of streams which flow into the two big rivers, Prut and Dniester.
The climate is moderately-continental with influences from the Black Sea. Located at 46-47˚ latitude, just like other famous wine regions in Europe, the vineyards in the southern regions have a terroir well adapted for the production of quality red wine. In the central part of the country the terroir is excellent for quality white wine production.
Moldova has 112 thousand hectares of vineyard planted, about 3.8% of the land within the country. There are over 30 types of technical varieties grown within Moldova. There are 4 historical wine regions: Valul lui Traian (south west), Stefan Voda (south east), Codru (center), and Balti (North). Valul lui Traian, Stefan Voda, and Codru wines all have protected geographic indication.
Moldova produces the most wine per capita than any other country. And it makes sense too, since wine is an intrinsic part of Moldovan culture. They have been cultivating grapes since 7000 bce and producing wine since 3000 bce.
During the 15th century Stephen the Great imported new grape varieties, improved production quality, and increased
the sizes of vineyards. In the 16th century Moldova fell to the Ottoman Empire and wine production was banned, but not forgotten, until the 19th century. After World War II Moldova became the breadbasket of the USSR. They increased vine production to over 220 thousand hectares. After the collapse of the USSR the wineries were privatised and new owners invested in efficient technology to produce high quality wine. Also European grape varieties became popular to grow.
In 2006 hard times hit the country when Russia banned all imports of Moldova n wine. Moldova ns had exported over 90% of all the wine to Russia before the ban, so producers had the choice to find new markets or go bankrupt. Russia banned all imports in retaliation for Moldova wanting to join the EU. That’s why more and more MoldovaWine is now entering the EU market.
Moldova is a fertile land which has been producing wine for countless generations. Wine in an integral part of Moldova culture, it’s the past as well as the future; it’s in their legends and in their soul.
MoldovaWine only imports the finest variety of Moldovan wines. There are more well known vineyards with bigger wine cellars; but MoldovaWine chose quality over prestige. Timbrus, Chateau Vartely, and DAC wines are exquisite.