While the whole of Moldova has favourable conditions for viniculture, specific areas are especially fertile for growing the most full-bodied grapes. The village of Purcari and the Agon Zograf Monastery vineyards lay at the heart of this special terroir. Recognizing similarities in the soil and climate with Bordeaux, being located at the same latitude of the French region. As a consequence, French winemakers entered into partnerships with the monastery and began cultivating Purcari’s special vintages in the 18th century.
For a long time, Purcari wines were as popular as Bordeaux or Burgundy wines. The wine was served to Emperor of Russia Nicholas II as well as King George V and Queen Victoria.