The Prolific White Fetească Grape: Dominating Moldova’s Vineyards with 750 Hectares

White Fetească, also known as Leanka, Poama Fetei, Păsărească Albă, or Mädchentraube, is widespread in all regions of the Republic of Moldova except for the northern part. The majority of these hectares, over 200, are located in the Hânceşti district.

According to viticulture experts, this variety is cultivated in most regions of Romania, the Republic of Moldova, and Hungary. The vines are quite productive and yield between seven and nine tons per hectare. If the productivity exceeds these figures, it can negatively affect the wine’s quality.

“When dealing with White Fetească grapes, we must pay special attention during the production process. The must obtained from these grapes oxidizes easily, which is why special care is necessary. However, these wines have aging potential and are known for their finesse and balance. Depending on how they are crafted, these wines can be enjoyed immediately or aged for several months in wood or glass and then brought to the market, where they can age for several years,” says Gheorghe Nicolaescu, a Doctor of Viticulture, in an interview for

White wine made from the White Fetească grape variety exhibits aromas of citrus, and linden blossom, and, when consumed, opens up to notes of wildflowers, hay, or ripe apricot. It’s important to have appropriate dishes on the table when enjoying a glass of this variety to fully appreciate its flavors and scents. In this case, white meat or fish is recommended. You can pair White Fetească with appetizers or lightly spicy dishes.

#Choose wines from native grape varieties and consume them responsibly!


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