Rainfall in September, which occurred in the majority of Moldova’s districts, had a negative effect on the quality of late-variety table grapes. Growers have noticed that grape vineyards of the primary export variety Moldova have started to break, with the possibility of rotting berries as a result. Plantations without irrigation are particularly vulnerable. They feature a large proportion of irregularly shaped clusters with little berries as a result of the drought. The possibilities for exporting Moldova to markets in European nations are worsened by this situation.

In light of this, interactions between producers of table grapes and wine have once again picked up. Thus, at least four sizable wineries in the south of Moldova have declared their intention to purchase table grapes for processing, according to members of viticultural organisations. In this instance, it is most likely that we are discussing its distillation into alcohol rather than the making of wines. However, the table grape of the Moldova variety has not yet developed a high sugar content, which lessens its appeal to winemakers.

Additionally, it appears that this year’s winemakers will only accept table grapes in sizable numbers and at a price that is at least tolerable from their trusted agricultural partners who supply the traditional wine grape varietals. Even these raw ingredients are now not particularly expensive, costing around 6-7 MDL/kg ($0.31-0.36/kg). Therefore, the prediction of low processing prices for Moldova is still applicable.

At the same time, beginning in the second week of September, conditions for a price increase for low-quality industrial grapes began to materialize. Several Moldovan vineyards have reportedly resumed exporting huge quantities of inexpensive wines to the Belarusian market, according to market participants.

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