Moldovan wines are some of the best value you can buy in the UK today. Moldova is a wine-producing country in Central and Eastern Europe with a history of 5,000 years, located between Romania and Ukraine. Its climate is influenced by the Black Sea with a moderate weather, and its topography is similar to that of Burgundy. Its hills and plains has varying elevation, with its lowlands having the potential to produce excellent grapes.

Around 70% of the country’s 170,000 hectares of wine production are made from European grapes. Most of these are white varieties such as Rkatsiteli, Aligote, and Sauvignon Blanc. Red varieties include varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.

The country’s indigenous grape varieties are known for their unique characteristics. Some of these include Rara Neagră, Feteasca Neagră, Feteasca Regală, Feteasca Albă. New planting varieties such as Alb de Onițcani, Codrinschi, Viorica, Legenda and Riton have also been introduced. 

Three historical wine regions are located in the country: Valul Lui Traian, Stefan Voda, and Codru. These regions are known for their protected geographic indications. Many exciting new producers have started to emerge in the country’s three main wine regions.

Why is Moldova known for wine?

Wine is an essential part of Moldovan culture and tradition. In fact, vineyards cover approximately 170 000 ha in Moldova, which is a greater proportion than any other country in the world. Moldova provides a wide selection of wines and produced under the strict regulatory conditions of international standards.

Established in the 1860s, the modern wine industry in Moldova has been regarded as one of the most successful in Europe. It produces about 2 million hectolitres of wine annually.

In 2014, Moldova was regarded as the 20th largest producer of wine in the world. Most of its commercial wine production is exported to countries such as Russia, China, and Poland. About 67 million bottles of wine were exported that year. Some 40,000 hectares of land are used for the cultivation of grapes used for home-made wine. Many of these are in villages around the houses where the wine is made.

Due to the difficulties experienced by Moldovan wine exporters in finding reliable markets for their products to Russia, the government of Moldova has launched a comprehensive overhaul of its wine industry.

The increasing number of producers in the country is attributed to the desire to make high-quality wine that will appeal to the western palate. Over the past couple of years, a total of 350 million euro has been invested in the country’s wine industry. This includes the establishment of new production facilities and the introduction of new planting varieties.

Are Moldovan wines good?

The volume of Moldovan wine is becoming admired (it is the world’s most productive vineyard), and the former Soviet state should have every right to be one of the world wine leaders if they use the cards correctly, and it should also bring the much-needed quality control for its winemaking.

Best Moldovan wines in the UK

Although wine from Moldova is still relatively unknown in the European Union, it has been around for thousands of years. The country’s history dates back to 3,000 BC.

During the 20th century, Russia was one of the largest producers of wine from Moldova. However, the country’s wine industry was severely affected by the war and the restrictions that were imposed by Moscow. Today, the industry is working to regain its reputation and is focused on producing high-quality products.

Aside from the traditional international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and the grapes used in the production of wine from Russia, Moldova also has a variety of indigenous grapes that are known for their quality. Some of these include the Rara Neagra and Feteasca Neagra grapes.

A Moldovan wine receives “Best Red wine in the World” title in 2022

“The best red wine comes from Moldova – the Fautor Negre 2017 is a blend of the native varieties Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra.”- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2022

We are proud to announce Fautor Winery recently won a competition of 5000 wines at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB).

The Fautor winery started as a family business at the end of the 20th century. Since then it has grown into a unique portfolio of wines made from rare grape varieties.

The Fautor Negre 2017 is a red blend of local varieties Feteasca Neagră and Rara Neagra. And it is a remarkable representative of its Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Indeed, for the nation.

With a rich and juicy taste of cherry jam and dark chocolate on the palate. It has a deep ruby color with violet reflections when held against the light.

Read more on our blog: The Best Red Wine on the Planet You Have Never Heard Of

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Moldova is an emerging wine-producing country, and some of its wines have potential to be competitive with wines from other countries in the region. Given its growing popularity in the U.K. and Europe, it may not be long until more consumers begin to discover these excellent value fine wines.