Milestii Mici: For the largest wine collection in the world

The Milestii Mici winery is is only 18 km from Chisinau and has become known in Moldova for having the longest wine tunnels in the country, with a total length of 200 km, of which only about half are in use. The underground tunnels even reach the borders of Chisinau and are often nicknamed the ‘underground city’ at a depth of 35-85 metres. Here, each wine tunnel is named after a grape variety or wine. You can do a tour of the cellar, which is fascinating. You will find a natural spring and discover the structure of the old stone which used to be the bottom of an ancient sea. Milestii Mici was made world famous in 2005 when they won the Guinness World Record for storing the biggest wine collection with a whopping 2 million bottles in total!

The wine tastings here are done in a very traditional Moldovan way: wine is served in handmade ceramic pots, paired with local delicacies and a sound track of traditional Moldovan instrumental music. It’s a very authentic experience! 

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Et Cetera - For indigenous wine grapes

Et Cetera is a medium-sized, family-owned winery situated in the South-East of Moldova, in one of the most favourable zones of the country for viticulture. Et Cetera produce wines made with well-known varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Saperavi, Carmenere and Shiraz. However, there are also local grape varieties including Feteasca Neagra, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Alba and Rara Neagra.

The winery, with its breathtaking views is open all year round, although the landscape is at its most picturesque in June, August, September and October. The tour includes a visit to the vineyard and the winery, covering grape processing, wine ageing and the bottling line, as well as a tasting of five wines directly from the barrel and home-made placinte (a local delicacy of puff pastry with ricotta cheese, potatoes or sour cherries). Lunch is also available with traditional Southern Moldovan dishes prepared from local ingredients, enjoyed in the vineyard or at the winemaker's cottage.

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