A visit to the Purcari Winery

A visit to the ''Purcari'' Winery

       Stefan Voda district, Purcari village  Distance from Chişinău: 120 km        Time to the winery: 1.5 h       Estimated duration: 2,5-3 hours

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Purcari has a long history of winemaking tradition, with its cellars remaining unchanged since 1827. The cellars are are among the oldest and most famous in Moldova and it attracts wine lovers from all-over the world. "Purcari" Winery is the oldest winery in Moldova being founded in 1827. It is located in Purcari village, Stefan Voda district, which is situated 130 km far from Chisinau. It has a reach historical heritage, producting some of the genuine Moldovan wines, "Negru de Purcari" and "Rosu de Purcari". In 1878, at the World's Fair held in Paris, the wine "Negru de Purcari" won the first gold medal, beating the famous wines of Bordeaux.  The modern perid in the history of Purcari wines starts with the foundation of the company "Purcari" Winery in 2003. Since 2003, the high quality refined taste of Purcari wines has brought more than 80 awards, won at various specialized contests and international wine tastings. The winery is situated in the South of Moldova, 120 km from the capital, Chisinau, close to Nistru and only 30 km away from the Black Sea. Here, the territory is favourable for grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Saperavi, Chardonnay and Rara Neagra (a Moldovan indigenous red grape variety) used both in varietals and blends. Since 2012, Purcari also produce a beautiful Ice Wine from Muscat and Traminer grapes, hand-picked when the temperatures drop to -6-10C. Since 2003, Purcari estate has been extended to include wine tourism services such as a boutique hotel with 8 charming rooms, a wine tasting room, restaurant, two lakes, tennis court and a children’s recreation area. On our recent visit to the winery in July 2013, we enjoyed the tranquility and the views of the vineyards and the small lake, enjoying a glass of wine. We took a tour of the estate with Mr Aurel, a devoted employee who has been working for Purcari for over 40 years. He is such a great character! He knows every single inch of the winery and is a real encyclopedia when it comes to the history of the place.

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