Frequent questions

Who can be called a small producer:
1) He cultivates his vines respecting his terroir.

The right wine is made from the right grapes. Respecting the terroir, he knows his environment well and cultivates it within the best cultural and environmental practices. It is essential for the small producer to protect the landscapes, the biodiversity of his terroir by practicing a healthy and sustainable viticulture for the good of all.

2) He produces himself the wine in the cellar.

He produces his own wine, vinifies it and ages it carefully. His wine is not an industrial product; it is handmade and unique. It is a profession of know-how, experience, patience and love that does not accept standardization. Vinification is a delicate activity, the smooth operation of which depends on the experience of the producer.

3) He sells his wine sharing his passion.

He sells his wine directly to customers, depending on the distribution channel he has chosen. He explains the production and the job with passion whenever he can, especially when he meets his clients. He highlights the logo and proudly displays the values ​​of the small producers. A small producer will oppose standardization and will make wines with authentic personality.

4) Complies with the legislative and regulatory framework

According to the law No. 57, a small wine producer is considered any wine establishment which produces up to 100 000 liters of wine annually, owns at least 1 ha and not more than 20 ha of vines and is legally independent, of any other wine unit. Respectively, a small wine producer must meet these criteria and comply with the provisions of the current regulatory framework (registration and reporting in the Vine and Wine Register, compliance with technical regulations, etc.) and certify its wines according to current procedures.
How do we join?
A legal person, meeting any of the following conditions, may become a member of the Union:

1) Is registered in the Vine and Wine Register as a wine unit;

2) Corresponds to the notion of small producer according to the law no. 57;

3) Complies with the requirements of the code of the small wine producer;

4) Pays the membership and annual fee.
- The membership is voluntary, personal and inalienable and is cumulatively determined by the ownership of at least 1 ha of vines, the care of the vines, the collection of grapes, the production of wine and its marketing.

- The members of the Union may be the founders, as well as other legal persons, who became members of the Union after its state registration, who paid the membership and annual dues and who meet the conditions of this Statute.

- The members of the Union shall keep their legal and economic independence. Acceptance as a member of the Union shall be effected by a decision of the Management Board of the Union on the basis of a written request to the Management Board of the Union.

- The annual membership fee is 5000 MDL, and its amount may be modified by the decision of the Ordinary or Extraordinary General Assembly of the members of the Union.

- The order of payment and the amount of membership and annual dues shall be established by an internal regulation, approved by the General Assembly of the members of the Union.

List of advantages and services

1) Representativeness:

The association represents the interests of its members before the main players in the wine sector in the Republic of Moldova: the National Office of Vine and Wine, the Government and other state institutions, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, the Investment Agency, the Agency for Interventions and Payments in Agriculture, certification and control state establishments and has established a memorandum of cooperation with the Moldova Competitiveness Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Agency, as well as collaborating with international development organizations and donors.
Consequently, the Association participates and is consulted in the process of drafting normative and legislative acts, but is also consulted and present at thematic meetings in the process of drafting the annual business plans of key players in the sector equidistantly representing the interests of its members.

2) Mentorship:

The association is a cooperation framework for the small wine producers in the Republic of Moldova, facilitating access and exchange with good practices, expertise and experience among members. The Association also encourages and supports groups of small producers in negotiations on preferential conditions in the purchase of equipment and the establishment of sales channels, the grouping of export wine lots, etc.
In cooperation with the strategic partners, it provides support from person-to-person consultancy to small start-up producers and small emerging producers on all aspects of the business, including access to funds and grants.

3) Rental of wine equipment:

The association has wine equipment that can be leased under special conditions for its members:

- Grape collection boxes

- Pressure barrel washing machine

- Steam barrel washing machine

- Filtering machines

- Mobile bottling line consisting of - bottling machine, labeling machine, plugging machine and screw cap applicators

- Commercial equipment: tents, umbrellas, refrigerators for outdoor events and street trade

- Tools (glasses, ice buckets, spouts) for wine presentations.

4) Participation in promotional events:

- The Small Wine Producers Association offers its members the opportunity to participate in internal and external promotion events, the list of events is prepared annually and is approved by the Management Board;

- The association has the necessary equipment to participate independently in events - tents, umbrellas, professional glasses, spouts, ice buckets, etc.;

- Organizing online campaigns to promote members under the umbrella of the association.

5) Increasing the capacity, improvement of the knowledge and professionalism of its members:

With the help of the strategic partners, ASW members have the opportunity to participate in various training programs and activities, seminars for in-service training at the invitation of local and foreign experts, as following:

- Organization of seminars, trainings and field workshops on various aspects of viticulture and winemaking

- Organization of training to improve hospitality skills and excellence in wine service

- Training in obligations according to the legislation in force (safety technique, first aid, etc.)

- IProcess training according to the legislative and normative framework (certification procedure, registration and reporting procedure, regarding the employer-employee labor relations, etc.)

- Organization of study visits in Moldova but also in other wine countries such as Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, Portugal.
Winery registration
  1. Registration of the vineyard in the register of vineyards
    The registration of the vineyards is made based on the standard application at ONVV or ACSA www.acsa.md


  2. Register of Wine Units
    The registration of the wine unit is made based on the standard application at ONVV - wineofmoldova.com


  3. Registration at ANSA of alimentation safety operators - www.ansa.gov.md
    If the same economic agent also owns a winery and a restaurant and / or accommodation facilities, they must hold a registration certificate at ANSA for each separate activity.
Trademark registration Intellectual property
In Moldova

➜ In order for a trademark to be protected in the Republic of Moldova, it must be registered on AGEPI.gov.md (National Intellectual Property Agency). Protection must be renewed every ten years. Protection will be granted only for designated products or services (class 33 for wines).
Only the trademark owner can renew it, according to one of the following methods:

• in electronic form through the www.agepi.gov.md

• any application must be followed by a formal regularization

• through the official representative

International Protection

➜ For protection in the territory of the European Community, the deposit shall be made with the OHMI (Office for Harmonization in the Community Market
OHMI: Avenida de Europa 4, E - 03008 ALICANTE (Spain);
www.oami.europa / OWS / RW / pagini / Qplus / index.fr.do

➜ For international protection and in third countries, the deposit is made WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) WIPO: 34 Chemin des Colombettes, CH - 1211 GENEVA 20 (Switzerland)
http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.fr

NOTE:
* Trademark = date of filing and renewal and mention of the holder
* Before any submission, perform a prior check through www.agepi.gov.md


- Law no. 38 of 29.02.2008 on trademark protection

Government Decision no. 975 of August 15, 2016 on the management of state-owned trademarks for alcohol production lexjustice.md
Legal-normative framework relating to the activity of the wine unit
Vine plantations:

- The technical regulation “Production, certification, control and marketing of propagating and viticultural planting material”, approved by Government Decision no. 418 of July 9, 2009.

- Order of the Minister of Agriculture no.196 of October 8, 2015 on the organization of the process of elaboration of the project and / or the organization plan of the territory for the establishment of vineyards lexjustice.md.

- Order of the Ministry of Finance no. 21 of February 24, 2014 for the approval of the Regulation on the accounting of vineyards in the process of planting, exploitation and deforestation lexjustice.md.

- Government Decision no.1045 for the approval of the Regulation on the import, storage, trade and use of phytosanitary products and fertilizers.

- Regulation no. 231 of 28.11.2003 on the management of phytosanitary products and fertilizers in the national economy. Published: 03.12.2004 in the Official Monitor no. 218 art Nr. 461).

- State Register of phytosanitary products and fertilizers, permitted for use in the Republic of Moldova.

National legislation in the field of viticulture and alcohol:

1) Vine and wine law no. 57 of March 10, 2006 lexjustice.md.

2) Law no.1100 of 30 June 2000 on the manufacture and circulation of ethyl alcohol and alcoholic production.

3) The technical regulation “Organization of the wine market”, approved by Government Decision no. 356 of June 11, 2015 lexjustice.md.

4) http://lex.justice.md/index.php?action=view&view=doc&lang=1&id=363149>Order of the Ministry of Agriculture no. 12 of January 28, 2016 on the delimitation of wine-growing geographical areas regarding the production of wines with protected geographical indication lexjustice.md.

5) Order of the Ministry of Agriculture no. 11 of January 28, 2016 on approving the general delimitation of the wine area of the Republic of Moldova lexjustice.md.

6) Wine of Moldova Strategy 2020-2030 - work in progress.

7) Specifications of PGI wine producers' associations:

a) Codru PGI specifications .

b) Stefan Voda PGI specifications.

c) Valul Lui Traian PGI specifications.

Controls in the field:

-The plan of official controls;

-Checklist for state control in the field of food safety

European Legislation:

- Basic regulations:

EU regulation 1308/2013.

- Delegated regulations:

EU delegated regulation 2019/934.

EU delegated regulation 2019/33.

EU delegated regulation 2018/273.

- Implementing regulations:

EU implementing regulation 2019/34.

EU implementing regulation 2019/935.

- Technical standards and other documents:

Products definition and labeling.

Oenological Practices.

Oenological products.

Methods of analysis.

Good practices guidelines.
Useful forms
Harvest declaration / Annex 15

Production declaration / Annex 16

Stock declaration / Annex 17
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