Founded in 1952, Cricova winery is a genuine underground wine kingdom located in Cricova town and known worldwide for its huge underground galleries. They are formed by over seventy streets covering an area of nearly 120 km, each bearing Bacchic names: Sauvignon, Cabernet, Feteasca, Chardonnay, Codru, etc., assigning Cricova the distinction of the second largest wine cellar in the world. The tunnels appeared since the 15th century as a result of the limestone extraction used for building Chisinau city. Cricova winery is one of the most important tourist attractions in the country. Accompanied by an experienced guide, at a depth of 35-80 m, you will enjoy an amazing excursion in the tourist train during which you discover the wonders of this place.
The constant temperature of about +12° C and the humidity of 97-98% represent ideal conditions for the preservation and maturation of high quality wine and sparkling wine produced using the French-style Champagne Method (Méthode Champenoise). At Cricova, you will have the possibility to visit the unique production of sparkling wine and find out about all the process of producing it.
Cricova holds over 150 medals obtained at the most prestigious competitions and wine tastings of the world. The galleries have been visited by presidents of various states, government delegations, as well as by the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space in 1961. Yuri Gagarin, who visited Cricova in 1966 said: “There is a great abundance of wonderful wines in these cellars. Even the most fastidious person will find here wine to their liking. I wish you to fill the existing cellars with a multitude of medals for excellent wines. If there is not enough metal one the Earth to imprint medals, I will deliver it from the moon or other planets”.