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Moldova, an exciting “new” wine country with a long history | Britt on Forbes

Moldova is not a new wine country. It has a very long history of wine making. But if feels new. More and more countries around the world are drinking Moldovan wines. But many wine consumers probably know very little about this small country, squeezed in between Romania and Ukraine.

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union which led to the independence of Moldova in 1991, the country, and the wine industry, has changed a lot.

Now, Moldova is making a lot of effort to become better known. Investments are made in the wine cellars, the quality of the wines are improving and the wine producers are opening up the cellars for wine tourism. Local grape varieties such as Feteaska Alba and Rara Neagra give a personal touch to the wines. There are some amazing wine places to see. Well worth a visit.

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Moldova, A Wine Experience Out Of The Ordinary.

An orthodox church in a monastery in Moldova

An orthodox church in a monastery in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Here’s the introduction to the Forbes article:

Looking for a combined wine and gastronomy vacation? Looking for something adventurous and a bit off the beaten track? Try Moldova. This is probably not the first country that pops up in your mind. Some people may not even know it as a wine country. But it definitely is one. And an old one at that.

Moldova has a little over 100,000 hectares of vines which actually means that the country has a bigger proportion of its land covered with vineyards than any other country. No wonder the wine industry is important for the economy.

So why is Moldova not more well known for its wines? Its situation close to the Black Sea puts it near to where the first wines were made many thousand years ago. And yes, Moldova has a very long history of winemaking. But a long history, as illustrious as it may be, is not enough. Moldovan wines were hidden from the rest of the world for almost 50 years, when Moldova was part of the Soviet Union.

But now it is back, with a vengeance.

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Moldova, A Wine Experience Out Of The Ordinary.

The immense cellars of Milestii Mici

The immense cellars of Milestii Mici, copyright BKWine Photography

Vegetables on the market in Chisinau in Moldova

Vegetables on the market in Chisinau in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau (or Castel) Mimi in Moldova

Chateau (or Castel) Mimi in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Vineyards in Stefan Voda in Moldova

Vineyards in Stefan Voda in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Traditional "placinta" in Moldova

Traditional “placinta” in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Grapes coming in from the harvest in Moldova

Grapes coming in from the harvest in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau Purcari in Stefan Voda in Moldova

Chateau Purcari in Stefan Voda in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

A girl working on a traditional embroidery in Moldova

A girl working on a traditional embroidery in Moldova, copyright BKWine Photography

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2 Responses to Moldova, an exciting “new” wine country with a long history | Britt on Forbes

  1. Bryan Boykin August 2, 2019 at 17:59 #

    This is a great article about Moldova’s wine region! I own a wine importing business that imports from Moldova and have always felt that we need more publications about Moldova’s love of wine. I spent a week in Moldova this past November tasting wines and the hospitality and service there was some of the best. The there is great as well The soil is so rich in minerals that its dark brown almost black, which makes anything that is grown there loaded with flavor. I look forward to doing it again and already have a handful of people that want to go with me.
    Thanks for the article. I’ve shared it with everyone.

    • Britt Karlsson August 3, 2019 at 13:15 #

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for your comments. So glad you like the article. Thanks for sharing it!

      /Britt

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