Cricova - Moldova
~A destiny in a name~
Situated in the center of the country, the winery had been designated part of Moldova’s cultural heritage and has one of the biggest wine cellars in the world, with over 120 km of underground galleries. The underground limestone mine was built in the 15th century and was turned into a wine ageing cellar in 1952. From a production of 10 million bottles a year, 60% is represented by their famous sparkling winess.
For this production they use both the ‘methode traditionelle’, and the second fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The underground cellar, goes as deep as 100 meters and maintains constant the temperature of 14-16°C and relative humidity, creating perfect conditions for ageing sparkling wines.
The winery has over 600 hectares under production. They still pick their grapes by hand, and half million bottles of sparkling wines are hand riddled by a group of women who have passed their duties from generation to generation.
The vineyards consist of international grape varieties such as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, completed by local grape varieties such asFetească Neagră, Rară Neagră and Fetească Albă.