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Cricova

Famous small town in Moldova about 15 km north of the capital Chisinãu with about 14,500 inhabitants. It is also the center of the wine growing area of the same name. Above all, the city has become famous as the very first tourist attraction because of its underground gallery system with one of the largest wine collections in the world. The extensive 65 kilometer long tunnel system carved into the limestone is comparable to the large Chamapagne wineries in the Champagne, Around half of this is used for wine storage. Around 1.25 million bottles of wine mature today at a depth of up to 100 meters and an area of around 53 hectares. There are tasting rooms in one part. The underground streets with traffic lights and traffic signs are named after the wines stored in them, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.

The storage of bottled wines goes back to a decision of the winery administration on August 18, 1954. In 1967 the collection of the Cricova winery of the same name was made the official collection of the Republic. This houses partly invaluable old vintages from, for example, the famous wineries Château Latour. Château Mouton-Rothschild and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, They are particularly proud of the only surviving copy of "Mogit David's Easter Wine" from 1902. It is said that this wine from Jerusalem / Israel is said to be worth $ 100,000 today. Since the end of the Second World War, part of Hermann Göring's (1893-1946) notorious wine cellar has also been kept here. Wine brandies are also stored here.

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