The image shows the map of Vaslui County, located on the central-eastern edge of the country, delimited by the neighboring counties by a thickened, irregular and closed line, and by the eastern border with the Republic of Moldova, by an embossed line.
The neighboring counties are: to the north – Iași, to the south – Galați, to the southwest – Vrancea, to the west – Bacău, to the northwest – Neamț.
In the central northern part is illustrated the county seat, respectively Vaslui, marked by an embossed square.
The map shows the dominant relief forms of Vaslui county, respectively the plain and meadow area, at the eastern and south-eastern edge of the county, which extends from the border with the Republic of Moldova, naturally marked by the Prut river, to the hill and plateau area, from the central and western part of the county.
Basically, the relief descends in elevation from the west, where the Bârlad Plateau is located, with its maximum altitude of five hundred and sixty-one meters in Doroșan Hill, then over the border with Bacău County, towards Bârlad meadow, being the central river of the county, then climbing Fălciului Hills, situated in to the right side of Vaslui city, on the eastern bank of the Bârlad river. Fălciului Hills are ridges specific to the Moldavian Plateau with higher slopes reaching two hundred and seventy meters, and descending towards the plain area, more precisely to the eastern edge, at under one hundred and fifty meters high in the Huși area, near the Elan Depression in the southeastern extremity.
The lowest altitudes are in the meadow area, respectively in the Bârlad and the Prut meadows. This can be perceived by touching the map in the center, where there is a blank strip, meaning the Bârlad meadow, surrounded by dotted texture representing the Bârlad Plateau with the Tutova Hills in their south, after which there is another blank strip marking the Prut meadow.
The sediments of the Moldavian Plateau are settled on the old Eastern European Platform (being the oldest land of the country dating from the Precambrian) and is characterized by structural plateaus, wide structural valleys with terraces, slopes, torrents, landslides. (1) Cuesta is an asymmetrical relief form, from an area with hard and soft rocks that alternates and is formed due to differential erosion and gradual retreat of the slopes. It is shaped like a hill with steps, each one inclined in opposite directions to each other, having a slope front or the forehead of the ridge and a back or a structural platform with a gentle slope. This type of inclined relief, along with the fertile soils and climate, are all factors conducive to the development of viticulture in the Moldavian Plateau. This wine-growing region is called a vineyard, a Slavic word meaning an area under the mountain (as opposed to the plain or meadow), a large area of hilly region cultivated with vines (rarely with orchards). Among the most important Moldovan vineyards we mention: Cotnari and Iași from Iași County, from Cuesta Iașilor, together with Huși from Vaslui County. (2)
The most appreciated viticulture and winemaking centers in Huși Vineyard are: Huşi, Avereşti, Lohan – Crasna and Vutcani. The independent viticultural center Vaslui includes the vineyards grouped around the city of Vaslui and representative areas on the territory of the nearby communes. Its position is more isolated, in the confluence area of the Bârlad valley with the tributaries Vasluieţul and Racova. The natural setting of the wine center is provided by the hilly relief of the region with altitudes between one hundred and three hundred meters. Known since ancient times, Huşi wines are produced in a wide range from dry to sweet, from white to rosé and red. The predominantly cultivated varieties are: Zghihară de Huşi, Fetească regală, Fetească albă, Italian Riesling. The Vutcani viticultural center groups the vineyards on the slopes of Fălciului Hill, and the rest are located in the south of the Bârlad Plateau and of the Tutovei Hills. (2)
The plain and meadow area is marked blank, and the hill and plateau area is rendered by dotted texture.
In the upper left corner of the page is an arrow pointing upwards, indicating the geographical North.