Wine of Moldova will have more chances to increase its competitiveness level, and the local winemakers – to expand on foreign markets due to the traceability and transparency of the entire technological process. The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment signed the act of closing the works and the final transfer of the “Vine and Wine Registry” (RVV) Automated Information System – rvv.gov.md, so the function of keeping the Registry have been transmitted to the National Office for Vine and Wine (ONVV). The event that marked the end of the warranty period and the provision of financial support from the Czech Republic in order to create and manage the RVV, took place at “Poiana” Winery, in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM), National Office for Vine and Wine, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Chisinau, the Central Testing Institute in Agriculture of the Czech Republic and USAID.
Vasile Luca, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment: “The ‘Vine and Wine Registry’ is an important step towards the 100% harmonization with the Community Acquis. In order to carry out an activity of growing raw material, grapes for the production of wine, the economic agents must be registered in the RVV. In order to implement the normative provisions, MADRM together with ONVV initiated this ample project with the support of external development partners. The first stage of RVV implementation has come to an end: we have a fully functional information system that contains many important details for the wine sector.”
Gheorghe Arpentin, Director, National Office for Vine and Wine: “The final transfer of the ‘Vine and Wine Registry’ to the National Office for Vine and Wine is an extremely important achievement that is part of the Institution’s plan of activities. The objective of the RVV is to ensure the traceability of marketed wine products and to minimize State control over the wine sector. The ‘Vine and Wine Registry’ is the only official source of information on winegrowing units, vineyards with a surface area greater than 0.15 hectares and the records of the wine products.”
The “Vine and Wine Registry” Automated Information System is a coherent IT solution for the traceability of the entire production-trade process, which contains detailed information about all grape and wine producers and at the same time makes possible the identification of products with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
The software is an important step for our country to comply with the requirements of the European Community legislation regarding the organization of the wine market and, at the same time, respects the local specificities of the sector. The “Vine and Wine Registry” will have a positive impact on the wine sector, contributing to the improvement of the administrative and professional capacities of the institutions responsible for agriculture and rural development. Moreover, this complex information database is necessary for the elaboration of sustainable development policies and efficient management of the wine sector.
The elaboration of the “Vine and Wine Registry” in the Republic of Moldova was supported by the Czech Development Agency, being implemented by the Central Institute for Surveillance and Testing in Agriculture of the Czech Republic, which has an experience of over two decades in developing such information solutions in partnership with USAID.
Jan Husák, Counselor, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Chisinau: “The Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Republic of Moldova considers that the implementation of the ‘Vine and Wine Registry’ was a real success, fact confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. We hope that this project will contribute to the development of the sector and to an increase in products’ quality, as well as to the expanding of the winemakers’ access to foreign markets. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Republic of Moldova congratulates all the actors involved in this project and hopes that the partnership will continue in the implementation of other projects in other areas as well.”
Ludmila Šípková, Project Manager, UKZUZ, Central Institute for Surveillance and Testing in Agriculture, Czech Republic: “The implementation of the ‘Vine and Wine Registry’ in the Republic of Moldova was a long journey that started in 2013, when the idea of the project was submitted to the Czech Development Agency. Today, the Registry is functional despite all the challenges we have faced in these years. During this time, Czech experts shared with local experts all the knowledge accumulated over the last 20 years. This software meets all the requirements of the Community legislation and, at the same time, also takes into account the local specificity of the sector. The ‘Vine and Wine Registry’, which includes the necessary source-codes and hardware equipment, is now the property of the beneficiary, which also brings with it the obligation to allocate the necessary human and financial resources for its proper functioning.”
The registration of winegrowers and winemakers in RVV is mandatory, except for farmers using grapes only for their own consumption. Those who do not register in the “Vine and Wine Registry” risk administrative sanctions, a ban on obtaining any kind of state subsidies and even a ban on the marketing of grapes intended for wine production.
Thus, rvv.gov.md will provide information on wine statistics and relevant details about wine-growing units and the registered vineyards (depending on destination, variety, area, locality, etc.). The public nature of the information will allow the economic operators to know the actual situation of vineyards, which will help them plan their production potential effectively.
At present, in the “Vine and Wine Registry” (RVV) there are registered 41,000 hectares of vines, vineyard parcels of production-goods (greater than 0,15 ha) with grape varieties for wine and current consumption, intended for the production of graft roots (grafting plantations) and rootstock (rootstock plantations), as well as 230 winegrowing units.
The “Vine and Wine Registry” was developed between 2014 and 2019 and the value of the project amounts to 1 million USD.
ONVV is the No. 1 expert in the wine sector, which contributes to the regulation and development of the field, serving as a platform for the common action of all those involved in increasing the competitiveness of wine products, capitalizing on authenticity and consumer orientation. Its main objectives include the diversification of markets and the promotion of Moldovan wines through the national program and the national wine brand “Wine of Moldova. A legend alive”.