Purcari winery - centuries create quality
It's History, bottled and corked... "Purcari wines are a legend of the all-conquering high quality retaining in itself the whole history of an exceptional bouquet of wine. This is a legend of French settlers and warm Black Sea winds, of the English Queen Victoria and the glittering of gold medals."
Centuries create quality...
Flat and cosy slopes on the Dniester right bank in the vicinity of Purcari village once belonged to the foreign Aphono-Zagrafsky Monastery.
Local favourable terraced relief letting the sun light up and warm these slopes all day long attracted settlers who made Purcari land their home and set about planting vineyards. They got perpetual tenure from the monastery excepting power of sale or feofment and undertook to pay tithe (1/10 of their profit) and 1/10 of grapes gathered. The dominant Monastery's requirement "was planting vineyards, cultivating and keeping them in good condition". If the requirements were disregarded the lands and everything that was cultivated and built on them were taken away without any reimbursement. The idea of turning waste lands into high productive grounds suited settlers very well. Many of them realized that warm and humid Black Sea winds and sandy-argillaceous soil of Purcari Region will enable them to grow remarkable grapes there. It was the first step in obtaining Purcari wines of good quality.