Moldova has a long tradition in winemaking. Its territory is covered by a variety of vineyards that exist in a few other countries. In Moldova, wine is the cult of the nation gathered in a glass. For the Moldovans, grapes have been equated with treasures and symbols of prosperity, once accounting for 70% of wine production for the former Soviet Union. Now the country is emerging from the shadows of the past and is beginning to attract the attention of the global wine market.