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The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment signed the act of completion and final transfer of the Automated Information System “Vine and Wine Register” (RRT) - rvv.gov.md, which functions were assigned to the National Office for Vine and Wine (NOVW). Therefore, wine of Moldova will become a more competitive product, and local winemakers will have more opportunities to enter foreign markets due to the traceability and transparency of the entire technological process.

The event marked the end of the warranty period and financial support provided by the Czech Republic for the creation and management of the Vine and Wine Register and was held at the Poiana winery in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, National Office for Vine and Wine, the Embassy of Czech Republic in Chisinau, the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture and USAID.

Automated information system Vine and Wine Register is a comprehensive IT solution for tracking the entire production and marketing process, containing detailed information on all grapes and wine producers, and at the same time identifying products with a protected geographical indication (PGI) and a protected designation of origin (PDO).

This software is an important step for our country, allowing it to comply with the requirements of Community legislation regarding the organization of grapes and wine market, and at the same time it takes into account the specifics of this field in the Republic of Moldova. The wine register has a positive impact on the viticulture and winemaking sector, and also contributes to increasing the administrative and professional capacity of institutions responsible for the development of agriculture and rural areas. Moreover, this database, which contains complete information, is necessary for the formulation of sustainable development policies and effective management in viticulture and winemaking sector.

The development and implementation of this Register was accomplished with the support of Czech Development Agency by the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, which has more than twenty years of experience in implementing similar information solutions in partnership with USAID.

Registration of winegrowers and winemakers is mandatory, except for farms that use grapes exclusively for their own consumption. Those who do not register in the Vine and Wine Register, risk incurring administrative sanctions, cannot receive any subsidies from state and will not be able to sell their grapes for wine making.

Therefore, rvv.gov.md will provide information on statistics in the field of viticulture and winemaking and relevant information on vineyards and winemaking enterprises and registered vineyards (depending on the destination, variety, area, settlement, etc.). Information will be available to the public, which will allow economic agents to find out the real situation regarding the areas of vineyards and enable them to effectively plan their production potential.

Currently, in the Vine and Wine Register there are 41 thousand hectares of vineyards and 230 wineries. The grape and wine register was created between 2014 and 2019 and about 1 million USD was spent on its development.