The wine industry is the most developed branch of the economy of the Republic of Moldova
The wine industry is the most developed branch of the Republic’s economy. Moldova, national and international experts declared at a sectoral conference, organized by the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Rep. Moldova is increasingly appreciated for the quality of its wine production, with sales representing 3% of the country’s GDP and 8% of total exports. According to experts, the development of the local market and the diversification of export destinations contributed to the rise of this industry after the imposition of Russian embargoes, Radio Chisinau reports.
In order to increase the quality of the wine and create a planned sale of the grapes in time, from this year all small producers should be registered in a program, which has the quality and maturity of the grapes proposed for wine production. These measures will come in parallel with subsidizing SMEs to grow more vineyards and have a planned sale of grapes, said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Vladimir Bolea:
“We will create conditions, including in the fall, every legal person, such as a wine factory, will be a citizen with a laptop, who will provide land registration and tabulation services, from a technical point of view, it will not be possible to sell. grapes to a wine processor if you are not on a registry. You can sell the fruit only to be processed into alcohol, after which everything else can be produced, but not quality wines. It’s a pretty tough rule, but easy to apply in order to offer you services and which brings added value to the activity”, says Vladimir Bolea.
The development of the local market and the diversification of export destinations were basic strategies in the economic collapse caused by the Russian Federation by imposing the embargo on wine production, recalled the state secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Viorel Garaz:
“I think Romania was the first country that extended us a helping hand when the Russian Federation did not know how many times it had declared an embargo for the Republic. Moldova. We have succeeded in diversifying export wines. Wines from Moldova are currently exported to over 70 countries, wines from the Rep. Moldova is among the most medaled in the world, and this is proven by statistics, international competitions, when we see the number of tests in the Rep. Moldova reported the number of medaled wines, we are always at the top”, recalled the State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy, Viorel Garaz.
By obtaining the status of the candidate country for the European Union, Rep. Moldova has a potential for economic development if it also respects production conditions, said the head of the Operations Section of the European Union Delegation in Chisinau, Adam Grodzicki:
“In terms of the challenges of developing these branches, I think climate change includes one of the main dangers for the wine industry, weather conditions somehow affect the amount of wine, and we also need to teach you an important lesson how to have a resilient wine industry” , said the head of the Operations Section within the Delegation of the European Union in Chisinau, Adam Grodzicki.
According to the National Vine and Wine Office, the wine market was estimated at almost 170 billion dollars in 2021. The Republic of Moldova exports wine production to more than 75 countries around the world. With an area of 117,000 hectares, it ranks 14th among European wine-growing countries in terms of vineyard size.