Château Purcari - Bostavan
Bostavan is a brand name of wine produced under the umbrella of Château Purcari in Moldova.
Château Purcari has an illustrious history with roots that can be traced back to Medieval times. At the end of the twelfth century, Moldova’s wine industry had become a major part of south eastern Europe’s economy. The whole region has favourable conditions for viniculture but specific areas were 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 the Bordeaux region, French settlers entered into partnerships with the monastery and began cultivating Purcari’s special vintages in the eighteenth century.
Several decades later, after the enterprise had become a success, it was confirmed that Purcari vineyards are located at the same latitude as France’s famous wine region, and like Bordeaux, the soil rich was rich in rubidium (which is what gives both regions’ wines their intense purple colour). As the region’s red wines were developed, their bouquets were able to attain comparable levels of intensity and complexity.
The Foundation Of Château Purcari
In 1827, Tsar Nicholas I issued a special decree granting Purcari the status of the first specialised winery in Bessarabia. It was named in honour of one of the founders originating from Germany – Harmizone. Since then, the owners of Purcari have been Moldovan boyars (barons) Dancila and Clot and also other Germans, Russians and French citizens.
By 1878, the winery was being celebrated in a closed wine tasting at the Paris World Expo. French experts were impressed with a dry wine of an intense ruby colour, sure that it was a new Bordeaux wine. What a surprise when they found out that it had originated in a small village on the banks of the Dniester River. Negru de Purcari wine won its first gold medal at an international exhibition.
For many years, Purcari wines were as popular as Bordeaux or Burgundy wines. With the likes of Tsar Nicholas II, King George V and Queen Victoria enjoying them.
The Moldovan wine industry was devastated by the World Wars and not until the 1950’s were efforts made to resurrect the production techniques of old.
Wine Making Today
With renewed focus on western markets and a commitment to producing truly world beating wines once again, Château Purcari replanted 250 hectares of vineyards in the early 2000’s and installed state-of-the-art technology at the winery.
The last decade of Purcari’s almost two centuries long history has seen the winery reach a new and advanced stage of development. With the vineyards planted in 2003 reaching maturity, the quality of the grapes has improved significantly. The Château is once again competing for discerning palates around the world with a range of highly regarded wines.