Our story

Carlevana Winery is one of the most progressive and fast developing enterprises in the wine industry of Moldova. Our aim is to produce wines that will make Moldova famous!

Carlevana Winery is located in the heart of Moldova, Merenii Noi (New Mereni) village, in 25 km from Chisinau. The landscape protects vineyards from winter frosts and summer droughts. The company is an entire winemaking complex. The whole process, starting with the care of the vine, and ending with filling in cells and the preparing for sale, is controlled by experts of Carlevana Winery. The total area of the company's vineyards is more than 151 hectares. Most of them are Riesling, Sauvignon and Rara Neagră. It is also worth noting that the company is one of the few in Moldova that cultivate Sauvignon Gris and Pinot Gris varieties. At present, the company has the largest area of vineyards of Riesling and Rara Neagră varieties.

Carlevana Winery is a pioneer in Moldova to introduce the famous Western technology in the field of winemaking. Besides, for the first time in Moldova, Ice Wine was produced exclusively at our winery. This wine is made here with the use of classic technology.

The winery’s history started in 1959 and is closely linked to the history of the winemaking industry of Moldova in the sixties. In that time a new structure started to be created – Moldvinprom – a country-wide winemaking conglomerate. Moldvinprom had in better organized vineyards in almost every village of Moldova. These vineyards supplied the grapes to primary wineries, scattered around the country, which were making wine and shipping it in bulk to centralized bottling plants in Chisinau, the capital, or bottling plants in Russia. Our winery was one of those primary wineries and was making wine from the grapes grown in seven villages around it. The winery was equipped with 6 continuous grape crushing and pressing lines with the capacity of 10 tons per hour each. The winery was crushing 10,000 tons per vintage at that time.

A new stage in the winery’s history began in 1996, after the privatization of the state-owned enterprises. It became a Joint Stock Company. A new modern bottling line was installed and the winery started to bottle its own wines. The share of bottled wines was increasing year after year and by 1999 we became one of the 15 biggest wine producers of Moldova.

Starting with 1999, the winery’s winemakers together with the newly appointed winemakers Constantin Stratan and Stepan Curdov, started a new premium wine production program. The best vineyards from different wine regions – Taraclia, Cahul, Cimislia and Hancesti, were contracted to supply the best quality grapes for this program. The winery was re-equipped with modern crushers, membrane presses and refrigeration. This allowed the winemakers to use the most up-to-date techniques in order to produce wines that reflect the character of the grapes and the region. At this time Carlevana Winery started to promote its wines on western markets.

A new stage in the winery’s history began in 1996, after the privatization of the state-owned enterprises. It became a Joint Stock Company. A new modern bottling line was installed and the winery started to bottle its own wines. The share of bottled wines was increasing year after year and by 1999 we became one of the 15 biggest wine producers of Moldova.

Starting with 1999, the winery’s winemakers together with the newly appointed winemakers Constantin Stratan and Stepan Curdov, started a new premium wine production program. The best vineyards from different wine regions – Taraclia, Cahul, Cimislia and Hancesti, were contracted to supply the best quality grapes for this program. The winery was re-equipped with modern crushers, membrane presses and refrigeration. This allowed the winemakers to use the most up-to-date techniques in order to produce wines that reflect the character of the grapes and the region. At this time Carlevana Winery started to promote its wines on western markets.