A post from The Foodie Flash Packer
While visiting friends in Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova, we learned that one of the largest wine cellars in the world was only ten miles from us. Obviously, we had to go.
Cricova Winery is the second largest wine cellar in the world, with some 75 miles (120 kilometers) of underground wine storage. Let me repeat that: 75 miles worth of underground wine storage. And it’s not even the largest in the world, though one day it could be, as some tunnels are still being excavated.
Cricova is currently under consideration to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They winery began the registration process recently, and if approved, they will be the first winery on the list to be recognized.
Interesting facts about Cricova Winery:
- It’s said that during the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union, the winery hid Jewish people in wine barrels.
- The largest importer of Cricova wines is Kazakhstan.
- Vladamir Putin, the president of Russia, spent his fiftieth birthday at the winery.
- In 1966, famous Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin entered the cellars and didn’t exit until two days later, when he had to be assisted out due to consuming massive quantities of wine!