Cricova

Cricova is a national treasure and the most well known wineries in Moldova. It is the second largest underground wine cellar in the country, after Milestii Mici.

Cricova boasts nearly 120 km of underground tunnels that are large enough for vehicles to drive through. At the deepest point, the tunnels are 100 m below the ground. The tunnels were created when limestone blocks were excavated to help build Chisinau. It was converted into an underground wine cellar in the 1950s. The natural limestone helps to maintain a constant temperature of 12-14 C (54-57 F) and humidity of 97-98%, creating optimal conditions for storing wine. Half of the tunnels in the cellar are used for this purpose. The tunnels are named after the wines kept there.

Cricova has a huge collection of more than 1 million vintage wines, including French, Italian, and Spanish wines, and samples from many other countries. Cricova also has a more limited collection of rare and unique wines, some of which are owned by famous people such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. The oldest wine is from 1902, Jewish Easter Wine, and the oldest bottle of liqueur, Yan Bekher Liqueur, is from the same year. Nazi General Goring’s private collection of wine is also there; brought to Moldova by the general during WW II to be close to him at the Eastern front.

At the heart of the cellar are lavishly decorated themed banquet halls and tasting rooms, all recently renovated. Here guests can enjoy fine white, rosé, and red wines, old collection wines, and sparkling wines, the pride of the winery. Cricova is the largest sparkling wine producer in Moldova, making it according to the traditional champenoise method. Cricova offers daily tours and tastings for visitors. Tour packages range from basic tastings with simple snacks to large tastings with a full meal and souvenir. It is difficult to visit unannounced, so guests should book their visit in advance. However, the winery recently opened a new restaurant, Orasul Subterean, that accepts walk-in guests.

 

Address

Ungureanu str. 1, Cricova, Moldova

Location

12 km north of Chisinau

Contacts

Tel: (+373 22) 441 204

Tel: (+373 22) 427 060 / 427066 (Orasul Subteran Restaurant)

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.cricova.md

Opening hours

Monday-Friday: 10:00-17:00

Sunday: open only on even numbered days

Entry fee

Starting at approximately 6 EUR depending on the tour package purchased and the number of people in the group

Activities

Guided tasting

Guided tour

Wine shop

Lunch and dinner service (depending upon tour package)

Restaurant (a la carte)

Grape varieties

Sauvignon blanc, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet-Sauvignon

Festivals & Events

No

Accommodation

No

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