Winemaking here started in the Dacian era and was influenced by the Greeks, the Romans, and the French. This region, along the Black Sea, lies on the eastern boarder of Romania and claims to have the highest density of vineyards in the world. It has a similar latitude to Burgundy France with a climate that is moderated by the Black Sea. The majority of planting is in southern and central Moldova.
Varietals grown in Moldova include Aligoté, Chardonnay, Rkatsiteli, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir along with indigenous varietals of Feteasca Albă, Feteasca Neagra, Traminer, and Saperavi.
A notable red blend is called Negru de Purkar which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Saperavi and Rara Neagră.
The Central region, known as Codru (‘the big old forest’), produces high quality soft white wines.