Maldova Wine and Grape Varieties

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

Moldova wineThe traditional varieties in Moldova are the following Rara Neagra, Plavai, Galbena, Zghiharda, Batuta Neagra, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra, Tamaioasa, Cabasia and many others of local, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish origin. This was during the 1812 after the peace treaty after Turkey gave up the land to Russia.

Second half of the 19th century increased the number of varieties in Moldova since French varieties have been introduced to the regions. Some of these were: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligote, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Muscat Blanc and others. It was at this time that wines like Negru de Purcari and Romanesti.

The most popular wines to date are the following:

White Wine

Aligoté: original wine. Colour: from light-straw to golden one, pleasant fine, distinctive taste with a shade of violet.

Pinot group (Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc): Wine has golden shades and harmonious delicate taste.

Rhein Riesling: after 1.5 years of seasoning it obtains the particular freshness, refinement, flower fragrance with the pleasant tints of fir and pine pitches.

Sauvignon: full bodied fragrance and taste of black currants, and black currants leaves. During the maturity this wine obtains pleasant gold shades.

Chardonnay: The color is a light golden shade.

Traminer: Predominating shades of rose and dogrose leaves

Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon: Among the top red wines. Color is intensive dark-red.

Merlot: With shades of sweet-cherry and/or cherry, the wine has long aftertaste.

Pinot Noir: full-bodied, oily wine. It is used as a base in blend wines.

Grape Varieties

The Moldovans pay great respect to wine making and even in the consumption of it. To the Moldovans, wine is so ingrained in the culture, that even rulers from the past celebrate every victory with wine. To have a drink of wine is to drink of life. According to Moldovans, "the vine brings joy."

The vineyards in the country are more than bread and butter for the population. It reflects their history, culture, and most of all their way of thinking. So much ingrained that they have an emblem for their wines. The production of wines is more than an industry rather is a pride of the country.

The grapes that which produces the wine, which are cultivated are as much as appreciated as the final product. As mentioned earlier, there are many variants of grapes both foreign and local. These are the following:


  • Plavai
  • Feteasca Alba
  • Feteasca Regala
  • Featesca Neagara
  • Rara Neagra


  • Cabernet Savignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Saperavi
  • Chardonnay
  • Aligote
  • Rkatsiteli
  • Rhine Reisling
  • Italian Reisling
  • Sauvignon de Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Traminer
  • Muscat