Moldova is the traditional winemaking region, where in every courtyard wine is produced and, by the quality of this wine, a person is appreciated. The better is the wine, the better is the opinion. Winemaking and viticulture was always considered the most significant and important occupations among locals.
Many futile attempts were made to understand the infinite and symbolic world of wine. As there are not two similar sorts of wine, there are not two resembling brands of wine. "Cabernet", "Cahor", "Muscat" or "Aligote" – each of them bears the mark of the creator, his soul, energy and inspiration, though all of them are perceived as a part of the universal history of winemaking, as a part of the culture.
That is why we have been honored as a "country with open gates to wine heaven". Everyone entering this place is very welcomed. That is why we passed the threshold of distrust and became very popular and known all over the world.
Far beyond the bonds of the republic is known, appreciated and loved the production of the State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex "MILESTII MICI", the oldest storehouse of the "divine liquid". Here the Wines are stored, indeed the wonder of MILESTII MICI.
"The footprints of history" can be found everywhere around here. A particular curiosity is a barrel of 6 tons, proudly "frozen" on the pedestal at the industrial complex’ entrance. This particular barrel, during many years, has been giving all its natural powers of an oak to the magnificent "Cabernet" wine.
Millions of years ago here was the Sarmatian Sea, now here is a sea of wine of various flavors and nuances. You can taste the value of these wines, as well as sparkling ones – semi-sweet "Moldova de Lux" and "Sovietskoie Shampanskoie", semi-dry "Moldova de Lux" in the tasting halls.
Having its particular glamour, this natural wine deposit – the largest of the world – appreciated in the lime galleries at a depth of 40-85 meters in the seventies of the last century.
The wines stored here are made of various years' crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. The spirit of the age is very well felt here, in this underground wine city, emerged from wide tunnels. You can pass by car these 200 kilometers of natural lime galleries.
The constant temperature of 12 – 14 C and the humidity of 85 – 95% of this "kingdom of wine" ideally contribute to the preservation of the Moldavian strategic stocks, as well as to the full revelation of natural characteristics of the elite wines. Here have been gathered wines of the best bumper-crop years from all regions of the country and have been stored for ageing. Up to now here continue to arrive selected wine materials from all over Moldova.
Now, as many years ago, the underground kingdom still excites the visitors. The lucky guests who get into it have the rare opportunity to travel the darkened avenues and streets with rows and niches, where precious bottles are carefully laid down, where barrels are placed. Covered with the attributes of antiquity – spider web and grey dust – they attract all looks, just like a magnet. In order to make the time travel even more exciting, all those who wish are given the map of the wine depository, sealed with wax. The same map is present on the labels.
Where begins the wine glory of Moldova? We can tell it with certainty: it begins with the "Golden Collection" of MILESTII MICI. It contains over two million bottles of harmonious wines dated from the period of Moldovan winemaking prosperity. "Pinot", "Traminer", "Muscat", "Riesling", "Feteasca", "Dnestrovskoe", "Milestskoe", "Codru", "Negru de Purcari", "Trandafirul Moldovei", "Auriu", "Cahor-Ciumai" and others. All these wines are made in full compliance with the ancient Moldavian traditions, are aged in oak barrels in a silent and peaceful atmosphere. In every drop of this wine there is the solar flare and the force of the juices of earth.
In September 2002, the State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex "MILESTII MICI" had the honor to hold a presentation of its collection wines in Strasbourg for the members of the Parliament Assembly of the European Council. Over 500 European parliamentarians participating at the presentation have highly appreciated the quality of MILESTII MICI wines.
Having tasted the elite resources of the wine depository you can choose the wine you liked. All wines have an expressed individual character and can only bring joy to the connoisseur.
Now the rebirth of Moldovan winemaking is a reality, as witness being the awards of prestigious international contests, specialists' references about the activity of the Quality Wines Industrial Complex "MILESTII MICI".
The price for excursion varies depending on the chosen menu:
Type 1 – the excursion includes transport, guide, wine-tasting: 3 types of table wines, Snacks (dry fruits, nuts, crackers).
Type 2 - the excursion includes transport, guide, wine-tasting: Tastingof 6 types of wines (2 table wines, 2 high quality, 1 stored in collection, 1 sparkling), Food („Doina” snakes, sausages, chicken fry & pine-apple, fried potatoes, fruits), Gifts (1 bottle of white table wine & 1 bottle of red high quality wine).
Type 3 - the excursion includes transport, guide, wine-tasting: Tasting of 7 types of wines, (2 high quality, 1 stored in collection, 3 collection, 1 sparkling), Food („Doina” snakes, sausages, pies, chicken fillet, boiled potatoes, fruits), Gifts (1bottle of red high quality wine, 1 bottle of white sparkling wine “Moldova de Lux”).
Type 4 - the excursion includes transport, guide, tasting of 7 types of wines (2 high quality, 1 stored in collection, 3 collection, 1 sparkling). Food(baked vegetables, ‚,Doina”snakes, cheese, meat assortment, pickles, rolls, polenta with pork, stuffed cabbage rolls, fruits, dry plums with walnut) , pottery. Gifts (1bottle of red wine stored in collection, 1 bottle of white sparkling wine “Moldova de Lux”).
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