Hîncești Winery has a rich historical heritage.
Manuc Bey – a controversial and notable figure of worldwide importance. He lived for a period in Hîncești. In here he built his estate and founded a wine factory. The factory had an important role in modernizing the national wine-making. Today, we produce our wines to honor the unquestionable importance and the rich heritage left after Manuc Bey.
Manuc Bey (Emanuel Marzaian) was born in 1769 in the city of Ruse. He was married two times, the second time – for life. Manuc inherited his father-in-law’s wealth. He became rich, and after that – very rich.
His charm and perspicacity brought him multiple titles and honors. He was a serdar, later a cup-bearer. After that he was named great dragoman during the Russo-Turkish War, because he was taking care of supplying the troops. He was the personal favorite of Tersenicli-Oglu, Constantin Vodă, and even Alexander I. Later the Tsar designated him as Knight of the Order of Saint Vladimir. Every initiative Manuc had was destined for success. His incredible triumphs created a mysterious aura full of legends about him. His presence guaranteed the mediation of the most complex conflicts. Thanks to him Ruse starts to know economic growth. The Ruse-Bucharest relations are being developed. The relations between Russian army and Turkish garrison are being mediated. The Treaty of Bucharest from 1812 was signed in Manuc’s inn from Bucharest.
After the war Manuc leaves Bucharest and moves to Sibiu. Later he comes to Chisinau and establishes himself in Hîncești. He traveled the whole world, he was cultivated and ambitious, and with the support of Alexander I he intended to create a new city in Hîncești – Alexandropol. Manuc Bey was proposing to the Tsar to populate the whole region with colonists from balcanic christian countries, oppressed by the Turks. He buys the mansion from Hîncești for 300 000 lei. He builds new buildings and supports the development of agriculture – the region is blooming.
Probably, we could see a metropolis instead of Hîncești today, if Manuc’s plan was finished. But his sudden death in 1817 brings the project to an end.
But the idea remains. His successors build a palace near the mansion, a castle and other buildings. Most of them are still preserved. The beautiful intention and respect for his vast contribution is an important part of our wines. With this wine we appreciate the past, and celebrate the present.