Moldova, a small country bordered by Ukraine and Romania makes a rich array of exceptional wines despite its size. Wine has been produced here since 3000 BC and, with the largest underground wine cellar in the world, it is not surprising that the country attracts a lot of wine tourism. In 2005, 96% of Moldovan wine was exported to CIS countries, 85% of which was exported to Russia, but since the establishment of the national wine brand Wine of Moldova on 5 December 2013, things have changed. Thus, by 2022, 75% of wine bottles were exported to non-CIS countries, including 54% to Europe. Pitch PR was chosen to promote Moldovan wines in the Netherlands. A host of wineries are currently still looking for importers to represent their wines in the Dutch market.
Wine country Moldova
Although Moldova is small, they rank first in terms of vineyard density and are 16th on the list of wine-producing countries in the world. Moldova has 122,000 hectares of vineyards, of which white grape varieties are planted on 35,300 hectares and red grape varieties on 33,100 hectares. Both well-known and indigenous grape varieties can be found there, from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Feteasca Alba and Regala. 34% of the vineyards are found on the valley slopes of the Nistru, Prut and Raut rivers, 52% on hills or natural amphitheatres with diameters of 3 to 5 kilometres. The vast forests on top of the hills protect the vineyards from strong winds, cold winters and summer drought.