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Equinox wines are made from grapes grown in our own small 5 hectare vineyard, located close to Olanesti village, on the hills overlooking Nistru valley.

The wines express the potential of the location, with its microclimate and great soil diversity, even though the area planted is rather small. The grapes are grown organically, because we strongly believe this method allows us to make wines that showcase the terroir.

Our red varietals are the indigenous Rară Neagră and Feteasca Neagră along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot, Malbec and Saperavi. In addition, there are three white varieties planted – Fetească Albă, Fetească Regală and Chardonnay, as well as a few vines of Băbească Gri and Pinot Gris. The first parcel was planted back in 2002 with Cabernet Sauvignon. The very next year we planted Shiraz, Malbec and Merlot. Since indigenous varietals were difficult to source, around the same time we started our own selection and grafting of Rară Neagră from old vineyards near Olanesti village.

The first parcel of Rară Neagră was planted in 2005 using our own selected vines. A few years later indigenous varieties were available on the market so we extended the area planted under this variety. The first wine under Equinox label was released in 2006, with only 800 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon yielding from the first parcel.

The first plot was planted in 2002, the first fruit was harvested in 2004 and the first wine was released in 2006. A lot of hard work went into making a really good product. Equinox has vineyard land and uses the capacities of nearby wineries for wine production. The vineyards are located near the village of Olănești - an area still called Luchineasa by the locals. They cover an area of 4 hectares, which means that every detail is taken care of in order to obtain a special wine. 87% of the vineyard is occupied by red varieties, which are in fact traditional for the region. They grow Rara Neagră, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, as well as varieties new to Moldova like Shiraz and Carmenere. Of the white varieties, Chardonnay, Feteasca Albă and Feteasca Regală can be listed.

At the moment about 8000 bottles of selected wine are produced per year. The sales market is mainly represented by the domestic market in the Republic of Moldova, but also by export markets in Romania, Germany and the USA.

The quality of the wine is obtained in the vineyard, and the technologies are only designed to preserve it. In order to obtain a product of a high quality, a lot of work is done in the vineyard: management of the leaf area, optimisation of the load of each stump in relation to the leaf area, regulation of the vigour of the stumps (growth power), etc. Since 2006, the conversion to organic farming began and the 2013 vintage was the first certified organic vintage.  Equinox is the only wine producer certified organic by both the local eco-certification authority and a European certification authority.

Contact us

For additional information you can contact us by the following phone number or send us an email. En

Constantin Stratan

+373 69500505

Oficiu: mun. Chișinău, Podgoriile companiei: r-l Ștefan Vodă, s. Olanești


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