Many people know that Moldova has the largest wine cellar in the world, but they often confuse Milesti Mici with Cricova. Milestii Mici is the biggest wine cellar in the world, and was included in Guinness Book of World Records (2007) for holding more than 1.5 million bottles of collection wine. Milestii Mici wine cellar is located in the Codru wine region more than ten kilometers away from the capital Chisinau. It was formerly a limestone mine.
Milestii Mici was founded in 1969 and, like Cricova, is a state-owned enterprise. It has a length of 125 miles (about 200 kilometers) and an average distance of 80 meters from the surface. For such a long distance, the underground distribution resembles a labyrinth, and the streets are labeled with the names of grape varieties. You must drive or take the winery’s sightseeing cars that have been opened in recent years to follow the guided tours; in recent years, bicycle tours and hiking tours have been added ( Mostly by participating in the marathon).
In operation for more than 50 years, Milestii Mici has attracted more than 20,000 tourists from all over the world every year. The first bottle of collectible wine in the cellar was from 1969. Every year, Milestii Mici selects hundreds or even thousands of bottles of dry red, dry white, sparkling, or sweet wine into the collection. The old wines in the collection are all labeled with the yellowed map of Milestii Mici, and the wine label will also indicate by hand how many bottles of this wine are in the collection and how many bottles the wine is. The sealed bottle takes the form of a wax seal, using the most traditional handwork to treat the aging that has been quietly protected by the years.
Milestii Mici wine cellar is known as the “golden collection” because of its constant temperature (12-14 degrees) and humidity (85-95% humidity), which is a perfect wine storage environment. Every year the collection wine (or vintage wine) in the golden collection is exported to Japan, China, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Finland, Malaysia and other countries. The wines are stored in small gothic pavilions excavated on the limestone wall, placed horizontally, and each pavilion can store about 700 wines. Due to the long storage period, dust flocculent was hung on the bottle cap. The wine cellar believed that this was a mold beneficial to the development of the wine, so the label was cleaned up and replaced with a new wine stopper when it was sold.