‘Wine of Moldova’ is awarded the Voice of Wine Prize by the World Bulk Wine Exhibition
The National Body of Vine and Wine of Moldova will participate with thirteen wineries at the 8th World Bulk Wine Exhibition, in Amsterdam.
“Wine of Moldova” will be one of the key players of the 8th World Bulk Wine Exhibition held on the 21st and 22nd of November. In addition to this year’s outstanding participation with 13 wineries, “Wine of Moldova” has just been announced as the Voice of Wine winner, a prize annually given by the WBWE.
“Wine of Moldova” receives this award “for the efforts of its winegrowers, wineries and public administration in the promotion of bulk wine, for its ability to adapt to international markets and for the quality of their wines”, according to the jury in charge of delegating the prize, who gathered last Friday June 17th at the official headquarters of the organizing company in Ciudad Real (Spain).
Otilia Romero de Condés, director of the WBWE and president of the jury underlined the “great deal of effort invested by the Moldavian wine sector of adapting with the times and not depending exclusively on sales to Russia and former Soviet orbit countries”. She highlighted that, since 2008, Moldavian exports have grown at an annual rate of more than 10%; and that sales to Russia and to the surrounding republics have fallen from 85.5% to approximately 60%.
Moldova currently has 112.000 hectares of vineyards, of which 75.000 hectares are devoted to winegrowing and they produce approximately 1.75 million hectoliters. Such development has been possible thanks to the European Union aid and to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has invested both in the vineyards’ expansion and in technological enhancements.
In Moldova, 250.000 jobs rely on vineyards and wineries. The Moldavian wine industry represents 3.2% of GDP and 7.5% of exports. These numbers are due to the effortless activity of 140 companies that manage to export for an annual value of approximately 150 million Euros.
Since 2013 and based on the European experience, Moldova has a system in place for Designations of Origin, which covers the wine regions of Valul lui Traian (Southwest), Stefan Voda (Southeast), Codru (center) and Balti (North). This country plants around 30 wine varieties, of which 70% are white. Among the white grapes, the most common are: Rkatsiteli, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Aligoté. Among the red ones: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Saperavi, in addition to the indigenous varieties: Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra, Plavai and Viorica.
VOICE OF WINE
Voice of Wineis an award created by the World Bulk Wine Exhibition in order to recognize and praise the work carried out by people and groups who defend wine and its values and who fight for this sector which is so important economically, culturally and socially.
Coop Languedoc Roussillon(a French association that promotes the Languedoc Roussillon region in France and abroad), the non-profit organization Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and the Argentinean Winegrowing Corporation(COVIAR)were the winners in previous years. For further information about this award, please check our website: www.worldbulkwine.com