The famous dessert wine comes from the homonymous municipality (German Kottnersberg) in the northeast Romania
in the region of Moldova, near the borders too Moldova
and to Ukraine
, Here was already operated at least 2,000 years ago viticulture. The area under the rule of Prince Stephen the Great (1435-1504), who became famous in 1474 for his victory against the Turks, Hungarians and Poles, flourished. The Cotnari wine was first documented in 1448. In 1891, the Cotnari wine was purchased by the phylloxera
destroyed almost all vineyards. From the 17th century, the wine was known in the courts of the whole of Europe, competed with the Tokaj
and was offered in the top restaurants as "Perle de la Moldavie".
The Cotnari wine is made from different white grape varieties, in good years, noble rotten grapes are used. The most important variety is Grasă de Cotnari
from which the best and sweetest "King's Version" is won. This golden yellow wine with a taste of walnuts and beeswax matures for a maximum of one year in the barrel, in contrast to the Tokay but under complete exclusion of air. The yield is limited to a maximum of 6,000 kilograms of grapes per hectare. This wine has at least 12% vol alcohol content and reaches at least 60 to 80 g / l residual sugar. Other versions are from the varieties Fetească Albă
(dry) and Tamâioasa Romaneasca = Muscat Blanc
(sweet) pressed. In part, the varieties are also blended together.