10 interesting facts about Moldovan wine

October 2nd, 2015

10 interesting facts about Moldovan wine
By Joseph Temple

Located just north of the Black Sea, the former Soviet republic of Moldova is a nation that takes its wine industry very seriously. Benefiting from a mild climate and fertile soil, this landlocked country possesses a large agricultural industry that employs close to 40% of the entire population. And a source of great pride for many native Moldovans is the wine that comes from its vineyards. However, with the United States representing only half a percent of Moldova’s total wine exports, most Americans have never had the chance to experience it.  So here are ten interesting facts to keep in mind about this hidden treasure from Eastern Europe … maybe you’ll even find a bottle at your local shop.


Moldova wine statistics
1. Currently, Moldova has approximately 150 wineries, processing 1,400 tons of grapes annually on 170,000 hectares of vineyards.
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Moldovan wine economy
2. Wine production accounts for nearly
30% of Moldova’s total export earnings.
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Wine on the Moldovan econonmy
3. The wine industry contributes to about 25% to the country’s GDP.
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moldovanwineelement10By Nixalsverdrus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

4. Ten percent of the country’s soil is covered by vineyards, located mostly in the central and southern regions.

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Moldovan wine exports

5. In a good year, Moldova is the world’s seventh largest wine exporter.
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Moldova wine history
6. Historians believe that Moldova’s wine industry dates back several centuries before the Roman conquest.
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Russian Ukraine Moldova wine exportsRussavia [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Russia and Ukraine represent nearly 90% of all Moldovan wine exports.
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Russia 2006 Moldova wine

8. In 2006, Russia banned the importation of all Moldovan wines, considered by many as an act of retribution because the country was seeking the removal of all Russian troops from its territory.
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Queen Elizabeth II Moldovan wine

9. A longstanding rumor has been that Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of Moldovan wine.
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Mileștii Mici Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons

10. Consisting of over 200km of tunnels and nearly 2 million bottles, Mileștii Mici has the world’s largest collection of wine in the world.
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Sources:

Bidlack, Richard. Russia and Eurasia 2015-2016. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
Brezianu, Andrei and Spânu, Vlad. Historical Dictionary of Moldova. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
Kosienkowski, Marcin and Schreiber, William. Moldova: Arena of International Influences. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012.
Voorhees, Mara. Eastern Europe. Oakland: Lonely Planet, 2009.

 


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