Moldova about to turn 30

Three decades after the end of communism, Moldova’s wine industry is still finding its feet. Caroline Gilby MW reports.

Gheorghe Arpentin, director of the ONVV
Gheorghe Arpentin, director of the ONVV

The Republic of Moldova was 29 years old in August 2020, and for its wine industry, it’s been a tumultuous period. Now, its often-embattled wine industry is facing yet another crisis – with the twin threats of extreme weather, including spring frost, hail and severe drought, plus the Covid-19 crisis. In spite of this, the industry is in far better shape to survive than in the past. Both wineries themselves and several important donors have helped the industry through significant changes and quality improvements – in a country that may be the most reliant on wine in the world. 

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