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Cricova Wine Cellar

The largest underground wine cellar in the world is “hidden” in this country.

Just 15 km (some 9 miles) North of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, Cricova mines lay deep underground. The mined limestone has been used for centuries to build the city of Chisinau and surrounding towns.
Cricova’s museum stores the country’s national collection of 1.2 millions of bottles of 653 names of local and world brands. The oldest wine is from 1902 named “Jewish Easter Wine” and the oldest bottle of liqueur is from the same year “Yan Bekher Liqueur”. German General Gering’s private collection of wine is also there. It was brought to Moldova by the general during WW II to be close to him at the Eastern front

Old treasures

1.2 Million bottles

Tasting room 1

Tasting room 2

aquatic tasting room

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    • # Christa

      Sehr interessant, hab ich nicht gewusst! Bei uns sind sie nicht so gross, dafür gibt's aber unzählige :))

      Sehr schöne Fotos!

      2009.12.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kit Penn

      Great post, spot on exposure.

      Are we all invited to Christmas dinner round the table? I'll choose the wine, perhaps a Chateau Lafite?

      2009.12.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Aparna G

      Liked this set and the write up too
      Did you do wine tasting while you were there.... are visitors allowed to sample some from the collection??
      :)

      2009.12.18 Edited Reply Cancel