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Moldovan wines

The New Old World

Moldovan wine? Most will scratch the back of their heads when they hear about Moldova and have to think hard about where Europe's poorest country is located.

Never mind that the country is associated with excellent wines. Moldova is located between Romania and Ukraine and the shape of the country reminds of a bunch of grapes. By chance? Perhaps, but the history of Moldavian wine dates back to at least 3000 BC.

The climate in Moldova is very favorable with warm summers that extend into autumn. Add to this the very fertile chernozem, or black soil, and you have ideal conditions for growing vine plants.

So why is Moldovan wine so unknown? As part of the Soviet Union, the focus was on quantity rather than quality. This while at the end of the 19th century the Moldavian wines enjoyed international fame and could be found in the wine cellars of European royal houses. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Moldova focuses more and more on the west and quality. Moldova now has many large and small scale producers that have been privatized and modernized and have won prizes at international competitions.

Moldova has 114,000 hectares of vineyards, planted with 70% white and 30% blue grape varieties from more than 30 technical varieties. There are 4 historic wine regions: Valul lui Traian (south-west), Stefan Voda (south-east), Codru (center), and Balti (north).

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Culture, Traditions and Legends

Moldova has its own indigenous grape varieties. Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra are just a few examples.

What makes Moldovan wine so special? In addition to the good terroir, winemaking is an essential part of Moldovan society. Many houses in the countryside have their own wine cellar. Each generation is brought up in the tradition of winemaking. In addition to modern means of production, there is still a lot of manual work and traditional production methods.

Wine was already of great value in the past. It was used as a medium of exchange and as a trophy. The grapes also have a symbolic value for the Moldovans.During the siege of a fortress by the Tatars, the starving and despondent soldiers are surprised by a flock of storks with bunches of beaks in their beaks.These they can fall before the fall of warfare new strength and courage. The enemy was defeated and the stork is a symbol of unity. The recently established National Bureau of Wine of Moldova has adopted this symbol.

Today, the national product of Moldova is celebrated every year during the National Day of Wine.

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De wisent, oftewel Europese bizon, is van grote symbolische waarde in Moldavië. In de ontstaanslegende van het land speelt de wisent een grote rol. Een edelman genaamd Dragos Voda was op jacht met zijn hond Molda. Het jachtgezelschap kreeg een wisent in hun vizier en achtervolgde het dier in de richting van een rivier. De wisent werd bij het oversteken van de rivier door boogschutters gedood. Molda sprong achter de wisent in de rivier en verdronk in het kolkende water. Dragos, vol verdriet van het verlies, noemde de rivier naar zijn verloren kameraad en noemde het land daarom Moldavië.

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The wisent therefore occupies an important place in Moldovan society and is called Zimbru there. It is said that when you drink the red wine that comes from the Codru region, a wooded area in the center of the country where the wisents used to live in large numbers, you get the strength of the wisent.

Today, the wisents of Moldavian wine are making a comeback.

We would like to introduce you to beautiful Moldovan wines from the undiscovered wine country of Moldova.

Niels & Oxana

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