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Valul lui Traian

Valul lui Traian is an old wine-growing region located in the southwestern part of Moldova famous for red wines and fine liquor wines. Its name derives from an ancient monument named "Train's wall" constructed to protect the territory from Barbarian raids, appeared for the first time in 1489. The climate of Valul lui Traian region is moderately continental and terrain defined by lower and upper areas with variations in soil determined by proximity to the sea and hilly forests. There are three main wine-growing areas in the region, including the Tigheci Hills with very fragmented relief with a maximum altitude of 300 m, grey soils and doped black soils. Bugeac Valley with a topography consisting of valleys and gullies, small-flow rivers, and it is dominated by typical black soils with moderate content of humus and carbonated black soils. And the Prut Terraces with landscape mainly represented by 200-220 m high terraces, and soils are melted cinder and leached black soils. The production of the region is predominantly of red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Saperavi, Feteasca Neagra and Pinot Noir. The white grape varieties are dominated by Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Aligote, Feteasca Regala and Feteasca Alba. The speciality of the region is the liquor wines with characteristics of golden colour, which is becoming amber in white wines and ruby-pomegranate in red wines when matured. The wines have a rich and complex bouquet with flowery and fruity notes in the first years of ageing, in more intense maturation, is completed by the notes of caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate and sweet spices. Valul lui Traian is still very unpopular and most of its wines are consumed within the country.

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