This time we are going to visit the city of Krikovo, Moldova, and check out its wine cellars.
For a long time, they have been quarrying structural stone here.
In 1952, they decided to turn the galleries they had into wine cellars. Pay attention to the ceiling. It has traces left after stone quarry.
According to its official website, “Wine cellars of Krikovo are the only and the largest natural wine cellars in the world featuring unique natural microclimate”. Year-round temperature is about +11C; relative humidity is 97%.
This 60-kilometer long underground wine city stores over 100 collections of best wine.
The wine city, just as all other cities of the world, has its streets, squares, road signs and traffic lights. Each street is named after the wine it stores (Sauvignon, Pino, Chardonnay, etc.).
Traffic lights and a trolley for tourists.
A crosswalk. Some say that they saw a traffic sign ‘Children crossing’.
Here, they produce and bottle champagne. This sign means that you must not touch bottles with your hands.
They gradually turn bottles upside down to later remove the sediment.
One of the sampling halls. It is located 40 m underground! In the background, you can see two wine tasters and a sommelier drinking wine and eating cheese.
“Collection wine. 500 bottles. Owner Sergey Y. Naryshkin”.
Each person can rent a cell to keep his/her own wine collection.
The map of the wine kingdom.