Cricova is a nice small town, not so far away from the capital of Moldova Chisinau. But what is it famous for?
Cricova is also the company of wine production, there are the 2 largest wine cellars after Milesti Mici in Moldova, which makes it very attractive for the tourists. The cellars are 120 km of labyrinthine roadways, versus MM's 200 km; the tunnels have existed under Cricova since the 15th century, when limestone was dug out to help build Chișinău. They were converted into an underground wine emporium in the 1950s. Half of the roadways are used for wine storage. The roads are named by the wine they store. This "wine city" has its warehouse, tasting rooms and other facilities underground. It goes down to 100 metres (330 ft) below ground and holds 1.25 million bottles of rare wine. The oldest wine dates back to 1902. The temperature is maintained at about 12 °C (54 °F) all year round (which is perfect for wine).
Cricova is one of the very few wineries in the world that produce sparkling wines in accordance with the classical French method, purportedly invented centuries ago by the monkDom Pierre Perignon- "Methode Champenoise".
Cricova makes a unique sparkling red wine, kodrinskoie-sparkling, made from cabernet sauvignon stocks and marketed as having a 'rich velvet texture and a blackcurrant and cherry taste.
The "Grand Cellars of Cricova" house a remarkable collection of wines – The National Oenotec. However, the pride of the Oenotec are, first of all, the wines bearing the name "Cricova", which brought the winery a collection of national and international tasting awards. As of 2008, the collection consists of over 70 silver, gold and Grand Prix awards.
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