Moldova is said to have the greatest density of vineyards in the world. Out from under Soviet-era restrictions, the fruits of those vines are seeing modern life.\r\n\r\nArcheological evidence shows that wine has been produced in this landlocked country for around 5,000 years. Today, about 250,000 people, or 6% of the country\u2019s population, are employed in viticulture. Post-Soviet Russia was the main import market for Moldovan wines until embargoes in 2006 and 2013 prompted the tiny country to up its quality and sell its most valuable commodity to other European nations and the U.S.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMoldova is now home to almost 277,000 acres of grapevines spread across four wine regions. The quantity of white grapes grown is more than double that of red, with the country\u2019s vines bearing more than 30 different grapes, including indigenous varieties like white Feteasc\u0103 Alb\u0103, and reds Feteasc\u0103 Neagr\u0103 and Rara Neagr\u0103.\r\n\r\nIn addition to other Eastern European grapes like Rkatsiteli, Furmint, Traminer and Saperavi, international varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir are also grown here. While indigenous grapes are sometimes vinified alone, they\u2019re often blended with other varieties, and red blends tend to include Rara Neagr\u0103, or simply consist of more common combinations like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Small amounts of ros\u00e9 are made as well.\r\nRecommended Bottles\r\nPurcari 1827 Rara Neagr\u0103: An indigenous red grape cultivated here since Roman times, this version has plum and chocolate flavors with velvety tannins.\r\n\r\nFautor 310 Altitudine Merlot-Rara Neagr\u0103: Following the fashion of blending native and French varieties, this offers black cherry notes and a smooth finish.\r\n\r\nCastel Mimi Feteasc\u0103 Alb\u0103: White grapes outpace red ones here, and local varieties like the one used in this bottling, lead the pack. Expect lemon, apple and peach flavors.\r\n\r\nGitana Autograf Chardonnay: This hand-harvested Chardonnay boasts flavors of apple pie and lemon with a creamy finish.\r\n\r\nPurcari 1827 Ros\u00e9 de Purcari: Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a touch of Rara Neagr\u0103, this wine helps satisfy the ongoing thirst for ros\u00e9.