The present state winery in Moldova
near the capital Chisinau owes its name to the Russian Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825), who came from the dynasty of the eponymous Romanovs. The viticulture in this ancient wine-growing area had been completely destroyed by a 300-year Ottoman rule. After taking over the rule by the Tsarist empire in 1812, the Moldovan wine industry was revived. The founding of this winery at the end of the 19th century exercised a significant positive influence. Romanesti was the first purveyor to the court, but the wines were also delivered to other European farms. The vineyards cover about 600 hectares of vineyards. Mainly the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, as well as the white varieties Aligoté and Rkatsiteli are planted.