Friday, October 8, 2010


So as i visited Mark Simmons's restaurant MELT,he asked me about Moldovan wines,so for him and everybody else interested here is some info:
Buying  wine in Moldova is as cheap as buying oranges in Florida the cheapest is about  2 US dollars:))Moldova has a well established wine industry. It has a vineyard area of 148,500 hectares (367,000 acres) of which 107,800 hectares (266,000 acres) are used for commercial production. The remaining 40,700 hectares (101,000 acres) are vineyards planted in villages arround the houses used to make home-made wine, or "vin de casa". Many families have their own recipes and strands of grapes that have been passed down through the generations. Most of the country's commerial wine production is for export.(Wikipedia)
Moldovan viticulture is characterized by a large variety of grapes, 67% of the total vineyard area is planted with European varieties. 69% of the total vineyard area is planted with white grape varieties and 31% with red grape varieties. See below the structure of vineyards by their varieties

White varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Traminer, Muscat, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Rkatsiteli.
Red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Saperavi, Gamay.
Recently Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carignan, Montepulciano, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc, and Tempranillo were conditionally registered for trial

The Moldovan wine collection "Mileştii Mici", with 1.5 million bottles, is the largest wine collection in Europe, according to the Guinness Book. It stretches for 200 km, of which only 50 km are currently in use.
The Cricova winery also has an extensive network of underground caves that stretch for 120 km

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