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Mileștii Mici, a Moldovan wine cellar

Mileștii Mici, 16 kilometres south of Chișinău, is the site of a Moldovan wine producer with the largest wine collection in the world. The company was founded in 1969 to store, preserve and mature high-quality wines in vast underground limestone galleries, where a constant humidity of 85–95% and a temperature of 12–14 °C produces ideal conditions. The cellars now hold nearly 2 million bottles and extend for 200 kilometres, with 55 kilometres currently in use.

Wine fountain, Mileștii Mici
 
Wine fountain, Mileștii Mici
 
Large wine barrels, Mileștii Mici
 
Large wine barrels, Mileștii Mici
 
Wine bottles stored in Mileștii Mici
 
Wine bottles stored in Mileștii Mici
 
Bas relief, Mileștii Mici
 
Wine bottles stored in Mileștii Mici
 
Private collections in Mileștii Mici
 
Tasting salon, Mileștii Mici
 
Tasting salon, Mileștii Mici
 
Violin player, Mileștii Mici
 

The wines stored at Mileștii Mici are made from crops of various years from 1969 onwards and are exported all over the world. More than 70% of the stored wines are red, 20% are white and about 10% are dessert wines. There are private collections stored here as well: you can rent a padlocked space. The galleries may be visited on a tour by car and on foot; there are underground streets named after the kinds of wines stored in the niches in the walls.

After a tour our guests have a chance to select and taste different wines in one of the luxurious tasting halls, 60 metres underground; There are rooms with walls made from natural sea shell rock, there are mosaic ponds with goldfish, sculptures, a giant barrel-hall, stained-glass windows and elegant lamps. With the various wines, snacks are served and serenading musicians play at your table. Of course, wines may be bought in the well-stocked store as well.