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MIGHT OF THE ANCIENTS

Born humans,
Named after wolves,
Ancient Daos built an Empire,
Excelled their rivals,
In fortitude and wealth,
And vanished
Leaving behind a legend and a wine.
Daos. Might of the ancients.

Daos

DAOS is a word of Phrygian origin meaning “wolf”, coming from the original name of the ancient Dacians – the “Daoi” – a Thracian tribe that settled in the modern day territory of Moldova and Romania in the 1st century BC.

The wolf was an important mystical Dacian totemic animal, drawn from Dacian religion. The Dacians’ supreme god, Zalmolxis, was portrayed as a wolf. With the name of Zalmolxis on their lips, the Dacians were brave and fearless warriors. Three times the Dacians resisted the Roman Empire, and successfully repulsed numerous attacks of Scythians and Celts.

Another important Dacian spiritual symbol is the Dacian Solstice. The Dacian Solstice is a solar symbol representing the sun in its movement in the sky. It also symbolizes infinite life and the cyclical alternation of the seasons of the year. The four figures depicted on the solstice indicate the four crucial moments of the year: spring and autumn equinoxes and winter and summer solstices.

By the 1st century AD the Dacians had established a powerful and vibrant state with a rich culture and strong agricultural economy. They planted grain, orchards, and vineyards. And they made wine. Their wine was kept in high regards even by the Greeks and later by the Romans.

Having inherited their name from the wolf, the Dacians made it their unique military standard – the Dacian Draco. This symbolic animal became the personification of courage and resistance of the mighty Dacians.

Wine

DAOS Rosé

The wine will impress you by a bright-rose color, rich fruit aroma with hints of Chinese rose followed by a fresh, intense taste with a sweet finish.

DAOS CHARDONNAY

White medium sweet wine of select quality. Distinguished by a fresh, fruity taste with hints of almond. Clear, pale yellow color. A wine with a fine aroma of flowers with hints of exotic fruits, surprises with its refreshing aftertaste.

DAOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Red medium sweet wine of select quality. Distinguished by an intense dark red color. Its full flavor balanced by colors distinctive to the variety of grapes, captures us with an aroma of berries and saffron, accentuated by a complex aftertaste with shades of blackberries and carnations.

DAOS KAGOR

Distinguished by a red ruby color and a fruity bouquet with shades of dry plums, chocolate and honey. Full taste with a long lasting aftertaste that develops in time.

he dacians

– were the brave ancestors of the Moldovan people, historically known for their battles with the Romans. They populated the territory of modern day Moldova and Romania since the Iron Age (about 500 BC), and by the time the Romans invaded they have managed to build a strong state with a flourishing agricultural economy. Three times the Dacians resisted the Roman Empire, and successfully repulsed numerous attacks of Scythians and Celts.

The proud profiles of the Dacians are depicted on the Trojan’s Column – a 38-meters-tall triumphal column, situated in Rome. The bas-relief of the Trojan column is dedicated to the two great Dacian-Roman battles, illustrating in detail the glory of the brave Dacians.

From the Dacians, our forefathers, we borrowed all the best. In their honor we created the DAOS series of fine wines that arouse the best qualities in people.

Dacian vs antiquity
  • Celtic Triskelion

    An ornament on the Necropolis stone. “The Spiral of Life” symbolizes the sacred elements of the universe: earth, water and air.

  • Roman Gammadion

    Fragment of the Temple of Jupiter’s bas-relief. Symbol of the Lightning Jupiter. Signifies the unlimited power of the supreme deity and illustrates a number of crossing thunderbolts.

  • Dacian Solstice

    The Dacian Solstice is a solar symbol representing the sun in its movement in the sky. It also symbolizes infinite life and the cyclical alternation of the seasons of the year. The four figures depicted on the solstice indicate the four crucial moments of the year: spring and autumn equinoxes and winter and summer solstices. There are also solstices with 8 or 12 fascicles. In the dacic ritual ornaments the solstice was used as a symbol of fertility, abundance and good fortune.

  • Celtic stater

    100 AD, silver, 1.2 g
    Front – the British Queen Budikka, who led the riot against Rome. Back – a stylized horse.

  • Roman denarius

    100 AD, silver, 3.38 g
    Front – profile of the Roman Emperor Trojan. Back –god Mars with goddess Victoria in the right hand and a trophy in the left.

  • Dacian tetradrachm

    100 BC, silver, 8.25 g
    Front – Hercules dressed in the fur of the Nemean Lion. Back – a stylized rider. The most secured currency in Eastern Europe at the beginning of our era: according to Crito (a military doctor who accompanied Trojan in the military campaign against the Dacians), the treasury of Dacian king Decebal consisted of 2 260 tons of gold and 4 530 tons of silver. These reserves would have been enough to assure the minting of Roman denarius for 30 years. Namely the capture of Decebal’s treasury allowed the Roman Empire to stabilize the financial situation in the country and flourish for a hundred years after the end of the Dacian-Roman War.

  • Celtic sword

    Blade length – 55-75 cm
    Double-edged sword. Made of iron. Designed for chopping motion. Operated by the infantry and cavalry.

  • Roman Gladius

    Blade length – 60 cm
    Double-edged sword. Made of iron. Designed for thrusting motion. Operated by the infantry.

  • Dacian Falx

    Blade length – 90-100 cm
    Sharpened across the internal arch. Made of iron. The falx is a type of sickle, whose two-handed version could reach the length of one and a half meters, and which was designed for both chopping and for thrusting motions. During infighting the Falx gave the soldier a huge advantage, especially given that Roman swords were short and intended only for thrusting. After the first deadly clashes with the Dacian swordsmen Romans were forced to add to their armor additional elements to protect the forearm, and to strengthen the helmets.

  • Celtic Boar, 150 BC

    One of the most aggressive animals, the wild boar has become a symbol of war and the dark forces of the ancient Celts. Boar-shaped bronze standards on long flagpoles were found on the territory of modern England.

  • Roman Aquila, 100 BC

    The standard of the Roman legion and a symbol of Jupiter – the supreme Roman god. Shaped as a gold or silver figure of an eagle. Depending on the merits of the legion, the Aquila was supplemented by either a laurel wreath or metal rings on the flagpole.

  • Dacian Draco, 200 BC

    The standard of the Dacian army consisted of a bronze wolf's head attached to a body made of fabric, embroidered with scales. Due to its ingenious engineering design, at each movement of the wind the Draco would produce a loud howl that would frighten the enemies. After the Dacian-Roman war the design of the Draco was adopted by the Romans and thus used as the Roman cavalry’s standard.

  • Celtic clay rhyton

    600 BC.
    Ram-shaped ritual clay vessel for wine.

  • Roman rhyton

    100 BC.
    Horse-shaped terracotta vessel. Its principle was derived from Greek rhytons – vessels used for ritual libations. A little orifice at the bottom of the vessel was covered with the finger, so one could not place the rhyton on the table without having emptied it first.

  • Geto-Dacian rhyton

    300 BC.
    Silver wine vessel with a golden trim. Considered to have come from Greece, rhytons were widespread throughout Thrace. They were used for libations to honor the gods, for remembrance of the dead, and at banquets, as ceremonial goblets. The narrow part of the rhyton was usually shaped as an animal head – sheep, horse or bull. Rhytons with bull heads were the largest: an empty one could weigh about three kilograms, while a full one – about six. Due to its specific shape, the rhyton could only be put on the table after emptying it.

  • Roman earrings, gold

    200 BC. Height – 89 mm, embellished with glass.
    Current value estimated at about 20 000 euros.

  • Dacian earrings and necklace, gold

    200 BC. The earrings were shaped as the Herculean knot – a widespread pattern in jewelry. The knot repeats the interlacement of the Nemean lion’s paws on Hercules’ chest. In ancient Rome this know was used to tie the belt on a bride’s waist, which was to be untangled on the wedding day.
    Current worth estimated at about 100 000 euros.

  • Celtic earrings, bronze

    100 BC. Height – 57 mm, weight – 16 grams each.
    Current value estimated at about 200 euros.

  • Bituriсa

    The Celtic tribe Bituriges that lived on the territory of the modern day region of Bordeaux, France, gave the name of the grape variety Biturica, which is considered an ancestor of the Cabernet group of varieties.

  • Aglianico

    A grape variety brought to the Ancient Rome by Greeks. Its name is probably a distorted form of vitis hellenica – Greek wine. This variety was used in the production of the famous Falernian, a wine sung by Horace and Catullus. Nowadays cultivated only on a few vineyards in the southern provinces of Italy.

  • Feteasca Neagra

    Feteasca Neagra (Maiden’s black) – one of the oldest varieties in Europe, more than two thousand years old. Dacians cultivated Feteasca long before the Romans. This variety is frost and drought resistant, and had heroically endured the invasion of phylloxera, that wiped out most of the ancient grape varieties at the beginning of the 20th century. Feteasca has a complex aroma and a distinct ive bouquet with notes of red berries. This wine ages well, andonly becomes more complex and subtle in time. As a result of national breeding white varieties were obtained: Feteasca Alba and Feteasca Regala. All three varieties are still widespread in its unaltered form in areas where they were first cultivated thousands of years ago.

About Bostavan

Bostavan is one of the largest wine producers and exporters on the Moldovan market.

The total area of the winery is 600 ha. The vineyards are located in the center of the country, in the micro-zone Onesti – a region with controlled name Codrul (80 ha), and in the south of Moldova, in the micro-zone Etulia – a region with controlled name Valul lui Traian (510 ha).

White wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks under a controlled temperature regime and aged in oak barrels for up to 6 months. The red wines are fermented in oak tanks under a controlled temperature regime and aged in oak barrels for 12 months.

The production area of the company is 9000 m². There are two filling lines woring at a speed of 12 000 bottles per hour and two Bag-in-Box lines with a speed of 560 pieces per hour. Processing capacity is 20 000 tons of grapes per season. Storage capacity – 15 million liters of wine.