It’s not every day you hear about Moldovan wine. In fact, this lesser-known region is one of the smallest producers of wine in the world. The country has vineyards that cover a mere 2,000 hectares of its land, which is less than what other smaller wine-producing areas like New Zealand, Australia and Argentina have. However, that doesn’t mean that Moldovan wine is any less worth your time.
The most common question we are asked is “Is Moldovan wine good?
The instant answer is “Yes, absolutely”
To answer this question in more detail, we’ve compiled our insider knowledge on this lesser-known region. Keep reading to discover more about Moldovan wine and why it’s worth your attention.
What is Moldovan Wine?
First, we have to talk about what exactly Moldovan wine is. Moldovan wine is created from grapes that are grown in the Republic of Moldova. This country is located in Southeastern Europe and shares a border with Romania.
Moldovan wine is generally associated with red wines. While the grapes used for white wine are often Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot are used for red wine. It is important to note that some varieties can be used for both red and white wine.
Why is Moldovan Wine Rare?
There are many reasons why Moldovan wine is rare. First, the country is so small that it’s hard for it to make a significant impact in the wine industry. A significant portion of Moldova’s land is also made up of mountains, which aren’t ideal for grape cultivation. The climate in this region is also less than ideal for grape cultivation because it’s too warm. This can lead to the grapes getting too ripe, which isn’t ideal for creating high-quality wine. Because of these factors, Moldovan wine is rare and hard to come by.
Why Does Moldova have the World’s Biggest Wine Cellar?
Yes, it does, Moldova’s Mileștii Mici proudly claims the title as the largest wine cellar in the world. Utilising an old limestone mine retired in the late 1960s, its caverns have been transformed into Mileștii Mici’s wine cellar. Temperatures in the subterranean space, which stretches about 150 miles, stays consistently in the mid-50s Fahrenheit, plus constant humidity creates ideal conditions for ageing to perfection. Almost two million bottles take up half the space, which earned the cellar recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest wine collection in the world by the number of bottles.
For a video showing a trip to the largest wine cellar in the world check out this National Geographics article
“Although Moldovan wine is still looking for new markets worldwide and many people do not know about it, those who try it truly appreciate its real value,”
says Viorel Bezede, Administrator at state-run Mileștii Mici.
What Does Moldovan Wine Tastes Like?
Moldovan wine is best described as rich and full-bodied. The notes of earthiness and spice are common among these wines, as are red berries and black pepper. You may also find hints of chocolate in your glass of wine.
In general, Moldovan red wines are best when served at 17-20°C, which is a bit warmer than what you’d typically serve red wine at. That being said, white wines are best served cooler, at 10-15°C.
How to buy Moldovan wine?
As Moldovan wine is being discovered and written about online, boutique stores are starting to offer a few brands. However, finding a local store or online retailer that Specialises in the best Moldovan wine can be difficult.
If you’re interested in purchasing Moldovan wine, we recommend that you check out our store as we have exclusive arrangements with leading Moldovan wine producers. Check out our lovely Reds, stunning Whites & Rose and for that special event our Sparkling
Moldovan wine is an extremely unique and interesting product that not many people know about. This lesser-known region produces wines that are full-bodied and extremely flavourful. If you’ve never tried Moldovan wine, we highly recommend that you do. We offer tasting sessions, contact us to book yours!
You may end up falling in love with this exquisite product. Now that you know more about Moldovan wine, go out and try it for yourself! You may just find a new favourite wine in the process.