Gitana

istoria

It is said that "over time, the wine becomes better."But not all wines have the ability to resist and evolve over the years. Only those wines which bear the imprint of terroir and the expression of the winemakers’ talent, the wines whose core concentrates a rich history, over the years impress by their flavors and structure.
Although its history is very long, almost several centuries, Tiganca Winery managed to successfully cope with the passage of time.

Genesis
The first chapter in the history of Tiganca Winery dates from the first half of the eighteenth century, when two brothers of Greek origin, attracted by the unique character of the region, bought several vineyards and set up a small winery in the village of Tiganca.

Soviet period
The time has shown that this wine region, Valul lui Traian, is truly exceptional for vineyard plantations. The year 1953 marks a turning point in the history of Tiganca Winery, as this is when it became a real "wine factory", moving its premises to Plopi village. The winery soon became highly appreciated in Moldova and abroad, due to the high quality of the wines produced here.

Both the location of the winery, the specific climate and soil conditions and the talent of the winemakers gave birth to exceptional wines, one of the best examples of which is Tokaji, with an intense raisins’ flavor  - "Nejnosti" (Tenderness).The wines stored in Tiganca’s wine cellars are the most eloquent proof of the potential of this area and of the successes achieved over time. The winery’s own collection of high quality wines is a true treasure and a reason for national pride, including such wines as Trifesti 1970, Auriu 1972 or Gratiesti 1973.

Renaissance
The wine industry has experienced a painful chapter in the period between 1985 and 1990, when a massive campaign of alcohol prohibition took place in the URSS and all wine producers have suffered greatly. The year 1999 can be considered a new beginning for Tiganca Winery. The winery becomes the ownership of the Dulgher family, which makes major efforts to re-equip the plant, renovate the cellars, provide it with oak barrels and, of course, establish new vine plantations. Step by step, the traditional winemaking practices began to be combined with modern technology.

The year 2002 marks the beginning of the winery’s own vineyard plantation, at a distance of 70 km from the winery, in Romanovca and Filipeni villages, Valul lui Traian wine region. The planting was performed by experts from the National Institute of Vine and Wine from Moldova who selected the vineyards with the best soil for each grape variety.

In 2009, the project of creating a symbolic brand to successfully represent the wines of Tiganca Winery started. Its result is Gitana trademark, marking a new stage in the winery’s development.

The year 2011 marks the emergence of the first series of bottled wines under Gitana trademark. This collection contains matured dry wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Merlot 2009, Rhein Riesling 2009 and Royal Feteasca 2009. In 2012, Saperavi 2011 is launched, along with the first blending wines of the winery: Lupi Rezerva 2009 and La Petite Sophie 2010, which have become symbols of Gitana Winery.

Currently, Gitana Winery is a modern expression of winemaking traditions and the terroir from which the wine originates, Although the winery’s history goes back down centuries ago, the aspirations for the future are well defined.


The history of Tiganca Winery, and of Gitana brand implicitly, does not end here. Our main objective is to contribute to the reputation of the winery by high quality wines, made with care and involvement, so that we preserve the reputation of the region's prominent exponents.