Chateau Purcari Freedom Blend
Freedom Blend - A wine with heart, soul, and the very spirit of freedom running through it's core. Proceeds to help Ukraine.
Decanter Gold Medal Winner 2021.
What's the story..?
In 2014 following the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Purcari launched a wine named the "Freedom Blend," a wine made by blending three local varieties from Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia, each a victim of Russian aggression over the past three decades.
"This wine has the heart of Georgia, the terroir of Moldova, and the free spirit of Ukraine," said Eugen Comendant, chief operating officer of Purcari Wineries Group.
"With this wine, we are trying to bring increased awareness of the situation in the area where the post-Soviet countries, despite having gained their independence following the fall of the Soviet Union, are still fighting for their de facto freedom," he said.
On February 24, just as Russian troops and tanks swarmed into Ukraine, the team at Moldova's oldest winery, Purcari Wineries, got into a brainstorming session.
Pre-empting an influx of Ukrainians fleeing the war through the nearby Palanca border, the company decided almost instantly to throw open the gates of its traditional French-style manor to the refugees and set up a help centre on the road from the border offering free sandwiches, water, hygiene products and SIM cards. The opulent rooms of Chateau Purcari in Moldova are now hosting Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country. For the owner of the hotel, accommodating refugees is as much about politics as it is about compassion.
"Pretty much overnight, this wine estate, Chateau Purcari, was transformed into a first stop for the refugees," said Eugen.
Over the next week, the staff at Chateau Purcari pulled long shifts, working overnight attending to calls from refugees looking for a place to sleep after hours on the road, or simply a washroom to freshen up. But their physical exhaustion paled in the face of the emotional pain they endured listening to heart-wrenching stories from the war zone. Over a month into the conflict, the winemaker — famous for its vintage blends like Negru de Purcari and Alb de Purcari — has accommodated more than 3,000 refugees.
Sales of the Freedom blend direct support the continued work of Chateau Pucari and their continued support of refugees.