Moldova will resume wine exports to Russia this week, according to reports.

The Itar-Tass reported that Moldovan wine exports to Russia will resume following a 18-month break, tomorrow (1 November), with the first three flatcars carrying sparking wine from the Vismos winery.

In March last year, Russia introduced the ban on wine imports from Moldova, claiming that the wine contained pesticides. Politicians in Moldova claimed the ban was politically motivated and had nothing to do with the quality of the country's wine.

They argued that Russia enacted the ban in support of Trans-Dniester, a breakaway Moldovan province that wants closer ties with Moscow.

Moldova-Vin director general Valeriu Mironescu was cited as saying that the 150,000 bottles of sparkling wine will be tested at the Russian customs office and then reach Russian customers.

Mironescu added: "I hope they will toast the New Year with Moldovan sparkling wine,"

The wine will reportedly be priced 30% higher than it was 18 months ago.