The history of winemaking in Moldova started long before Constantin Mimi created Castel Mimi; around 3000 years ago. The winemaking industry has come a long way since then and seen many evolutions. Our winemaking history starts with Constantin Mimi, the last Governor of Bessarabia and one of the most prolific winemakers and politicians of the 20th century.
THE LEGEND OF CONSTANTIN MIMI
Legends are made by great people that accomplish big things, driven by their passion and dreams and unafraid of hard work and dedication. One of these people is our creator; Constantin Mimi, a pioneer, emblematic winemaker and an important public figure of the 20th century. He dedicated his life to wine. By applying the knowledge he acquired in Western Europe, Constantin Mimi managed to build the first chateau in Moldova. This led him to produce great wines and raise the standards by implementing new technologies. Thanks to his actions the country’s winemaking industry was saved a couple of times, so today Moldova can be one of the leading wine producers in the world.
Constantin Mimi’s legacy continues. The chateau along with his secret recipes and hard-working approach was passed to future generations of winemakers that pay justice to his memory by continuing the production of high-quality wines, suitable for any occasion. So, raise a glass of wine with us to remember this remarkable personality that supported the development of the Moldovan winemaking culture.
Constantin Mimi was born on February 2nd into the family of Greek refugees Alexandru Mimi and Aglaida Vacamei.
Constantin Mimi inherited the lands from his father and started planting the first vine stocks on his estates.
Constantin Mimi got married to Gulzade Titreant and founded his winery chateau in Bulboaca village.
Constantin Mimi graduated from the High School of Agronomy in Montpellier, France, where he studied the science of European winemaking for two years.
Constantin Mimi finished building his legendary winery, surrounded by enormous fields and vineyards. Very soon, the quality of Mimi’s wines were recognised at an international level and sold all over the Russian Empire.
Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia visited the winery and learned about the quality of Moldovan wines. Later Mimi started supplying wine to the Russian army during WWI.
Constantin Mimi became the Governor of Bessarabia, the last of such governors in the Russian Empire Era.
Carol II, crown prince and future king of Romania, visited the winery and Constantin Mimi became director of the Romanian National Bank.
Castel Mimi became state property and was later turned into one of the biggest industrial wine factories in the USSR.
Through these decades wine production kept on growing and more than ten leaders preserved the winery in a continuous process of development.
The winery’s production area was upgraded with the latest generation of equipment, unique in the Republic of Moldova.
CASTEL MIMI TODAY
Today Castel Mimi is one of the top tourist attractions in Moldova; a true national treasure. Listed within the top 15 most beautiful wineries in the world; we present both history and modern architecture to the 30,000 visitors who come each year from over 80 countries around the world. At Castel Mimi, visitors rediscover Moldova through brilliant wines, delicious cuisine and local traditions. We are a family friendly winery and visitors both young and old delight in a visit to the famous Castel Mimi.