Novus BH Magister looks to raise profile of Moldovan producers in UK market
Moldova, which sits at the same latitude as Bordeaux, has a long history of winemaking that dates back beyond 3,000 BC. However, the country remains reliant on wine exports to Russia, and Novus BH Magister is looking to raise the profile of its wines with the UK on- and off-trade.
The wineries debuting at the event include Salcuta, Cricova, Fautor and Timbrus, which is co-owned by Spanish winemaker Manuel Ortiz, and organic producers Equinox and Poiana. Châteaux Vartely, one of the first of a new wave of smaller private wineries from Moldova, will also be exhibited.
Eastern European wine expert Caroline Gilby MW will host masterclasses at the tasting, looking at local grape varieties Feteasca Regală and Neagră, as well as the wide spectrum of international grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown there.
‘The tiny country of Moldova is so often overlooked, yet with 81,000 hectares of noble vines, it is a bigger producer than Bulgaria, Hungary and even New Zealand,’ Gilby said. ‘It grows more vines per person than anywhere else on earth and so many people depend on grapes for living, which is great motivation to get it right.’