The Country of Moldova

Welcome to the website of Moldova Traders and an introduction to the country of Moldova. As described by those who have had a chance to discover it, Moldova is a country of dreams, a harbor of legions, and a land of fairytales. It is nestled between the borders of the Ukraine to the east along the Nistru River and the border or Romania to the west along the Prut River.

Moldova has a history of 6,000 years of wine culture that is still practiced today by almost all Moldovans. Moldova is featured today in the list of the top ten wine producing countries of the world. There is no question that Moldova is one of the best vacation travel destinations today to see the largest wine cellars in the world, and to sample collection wines of the finest quality.

Travelers can visit old fortresses of past kings and visit villages with coral reefs that have caverns excavated with the living space of the people who lived in Moldova long ago.

Learn the art of wine making and sample the tasteful foods of Moldova. Please visit our website and learn more about the pleasantly humble Moldovan people - www.turism.md.

Country Info. – Tell the Story

Moldova where wine is Gold and Traditions with legends are many!
The wine industry is the crown jewel of Moldovan agriculture. In fact, the Moldovan wine industry started 4,000 years before France started to produce wine. The culture of vines in the Moldova region has its origin in prehistory. Prints of Vitus Teutonica leaves, found near Naslavcea on the Nistru river banks are millions of years old. The ancient Dacians, a branch of the Thracians, discovered how to make wine out of grapes long before most other people.

MoldovaIn the first millennium BC Greek colonies situated on the banks of the Donube, Nistru and Prut Rivers exported large quantities of wine to the cities of Greece. After the Romans conquered Dacia (1st century AD) they transformed the region into a land of vineyards and cornfields. In the 14th century when the feudal states of Moldova was constituted, vine cultivation really blossomed.

During the 19th century Basarabia, the name of the part of Moldova situated between the Prut and Nistru became one the largest wine exporters in the region. The wine production was based on the cultivation of domestic types of vines known as Rara Neagra, Galbena, Zghiharda, Batuta Neagra, Feteasca Neagra, Tamiioasa, Tita Caprei, Cabaisa and others. The Moldovans art of producing grape must and wine for consumption by themselves and others has remained an integral part of the countries culture.

In many old texts, from the bible to medieval chronicles of the accounts of Moldova’s rulers, great attention is paid to wine consumption. The golden rule is to be found in Proverbs: “Taste but don’t drink! Taste as it pleases you! You must control the wine and the wine must not control you! Always maintain your dignity!”

MoldovaThe emblem of Moldovan wines is the white stork. A legend says that a huge army was besieging the fortress of Soroca. Though the siege lasted for months, the fortress could not be conquered. Why? Several storks had their nests in the fortress, and they were bringing grapes from the nearby vineyards for their chicks. The soldiers, as well as baby storks ate grapes. The grapes gave the soldiers strength and they could repel every attack of the enemy with increased strength. When the Voevod (Governor of Moldova) arrived with his army he freed the fortress and drove off the enemy. All the soldiers who had been under siege in the fortress where alive and unharmed! Since then, out of gratitude to the white storks, local people greet them on the outskirts of their communities when spring arrives and when autumn starts they see them off. White storks are considered to bring good luck and spread the fame of Moldovan viticulture and winemakers to the far corners of the world.

 

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