A brief history. Moldova had the largest grape production in the USSR
From the long epochs to the rewarding one was a long and complicated journey. But nobody and nothing has separated Moldovans from wine. Not even the barbaric invasions.
GHEORGHE ARPENTIN, Director of the National Office of Wine and Wine of the Republic of Moldova: “It is a very rich history, culture, tradition and the people behind it that have made this industry live. The history of Moldovan wine had a very strong footprint of the colonists who came from Switzerland, because we also find some varieties there. ”
Once becoming part of the Russian Empire, Moldova has become an essential supplier in the territory.
GHEORGHE ARPENTIN is the head of the National Office of Wine and Wine of the Republic of Moldova
GHEORGHE ARPENTIN, Director of the National Vine and Wine Office, Rep. Moldova: “By the 1920s, Moldova was the most important of the Tsarist Empire, the largest area, then we had 40,000 hectares of vineyards. After that, of course, the massive viticulture was intensified, we were thinking about how to make this space fed with wine and that 7 percent of Moldovan territory was occupied with vineyards. We had the highest density in the world. ”
Traditional varieties, millennia, replaced by political criteria
At the time of the USSR, Moldova had 200,000 hectares of grapevine and produced the largest number of grapes throughout the Union. One “detail” shade performance: in the Soviet era, the quantity has eclipsed the quality. The law was made by the loose wines. Traditional varieties, locally grown for millennia, have been replaced by political criteria.
GHEORGHE ARPENTIN, Director of the National Vine and Wine Office, Rep. Moldova: “We report the largest volumes, but the quality, of course, suffered. There were planted varieties coming from all corners of the world that were productive. Two varieties representing almost half of the assortment structure, Aligote and Rkatsiteli, one came from France, the other from Georgia. They served as the basis for making sparkling wines for the Soviet Union. ”