The wines of Moldova are crafted in a country where the viticulture has a history of 5.000 years and by a grape-cluster-shaped nation of 3.5 million inhabitants, out of which 300.000 are contributing to the wine producing. Most of the grapes are hand harvested in Moldova and the winemakers are striving to produce wines of a indigenous flavour, even if it comes of the classical grape varieties, such Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay or Sauvignon, etc. representing around 60 percent of all Moldovan vineyards. The ten percent of vineyards planted with indigenous and aromatic grape varieties are that special something that is distinguishing the wine of Moldova from others.
No wonder that the most emblematic wines of Moldova are cuvee wines – i.e. Negru de Purcari - a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Saperavi and the authentic Rara Neagra, that won the golden medal at the Paris International Exhibition in the year 1878; the Rosu de Bulboaca, a red wine cuvee of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in the honour of the winery’s founder, Constantin Mimi, the Governor of Bessarabia province and a founder of modern winemaking in Moldova, or Codru cuvee, found by sovietic oenologists in the 1970’s as the wine of perfect balance of the Moldovan terroir and classic wine varieties. These legendary cuvees, but also some recent ones, such as Taraboste of Chateau Vartely, Et Cetera, Cuvee Blanc and Cuvee Rouge, 5 Elements by Equinox, Cricova Vintage, all having equally a high quality and a Moldovan character will be showcased within Wine of Moldova national program of generic wine promotion at ProWein in Hall 6B50.