Legend about „The White Stork” DIt is said that during the reign of Ștefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great), an enormous army of Tatars besieged Soroca Fortress for months. While waiting for help, the warriors in the fortress, deprived of food and water, were losing their, strength and hope. Then, unexpectedly, a flock of white storks appeared above the citadel, carrying in their beaks bunches of grapes, which they let fall inside the fortress. The grapes and the birds’ invaluable aid helped the soldiers to regain their forces and raised the morale of the people who heroically repelled the invaders' attacks until the army led by Ștefan cel Mare came to help. Since then, the stork has become the symbol of unity. Moldovans welcome these birds every spring, in autumn they see them off before their journey to the South, preserving their nests next to people’s homes. The stork has remained the emblem of Moldovan wine, whose fame, along with the legend of these birds that bring good luck, is carried far beyond the borders.