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Plavai is a rare and old green-skinned white grape variety originating from Valul lui Traian wine-growing region of Moldova. The origin of the grape has been analysed, and it is presumably crossing between Beala Debela and Zemoasa. Plavai produces wines that are fresh and carry good acid, despite being quite rustic in character. It displays aromas of lemon and other citrus fruit flavours, with hints of green apple. It is usually best drunk in their youth. The best expressions of the grape are made by small producers, using techniques such as fermenting the grapes on the skins for extra flavour and depth. Unfortunately the plantings of the Plavai are decreasing in the past decades and the grape is becoming rare. Outside the country is nowhere to be planted.

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