Milestii Mici, the biggest wine collection in the world. You could enter the underground gallery by car and it is possible to drive about 5km inside the hill (of about 50km caves). You could see here a fountain at the registration area.
The State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex "Milestii Mici" was founded in 1969 to store, preserve and mature high-quality wines.
Local ancient underground galleries reach the Chişinău borders. The limestone in the galleries maintains constant humidity (85-95%) and temperature (12 °C (54 °F) - 14 °C (57 °F)) throughout the year. The longer some specific red wines are stored in such ideal conditions, the more they improve. Some wines are cellared for several decades before being sold. The cellars extend for 200 kilometres (120 mi), of which only 55 kilometres (34 mi) are currently in use.
In August 2005, Milestii Mici was registered in the Guinness World Records as the biggest wine collection in the world. Overall, the complex holds nearly 2 million bottles. More than 70% of the stored wines are red, 20% are white and about 10% are dessert ones. The most valuable items of this collection, worth €480 a bottle, were produced in 1973-74; they are now exported only to Japan.
Wines are exported from Milestii Mici to Sweden, Japan, the USA, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Denmark and Finland.
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josepmarin (57465) 2013-10-28 6:54
with this nice composition you celebrate your 800th photo published here. Congratulations!! I like this special fountain of wine, a real invitation to taste a glass of it.
You have caught skilfully all the elements of the fountain and of the surrounding architecture.
snunney (78789) 2013-10-28 7:09
I must say I have never heard of this wine collection. The entrance looks very inviting with its barrel and glasses. I like the tones and textures to be observed in the nicely lit stonework.
pajaran (47848) 2013-10-28 9:45
Interesantan i dobar tekst o Milestii Mici, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na fontanu sa vinom ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto, lepe boje.
Ja volim da pijem dobra vina, voleo bih da probam neko vino iz kolekcije Mici.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Interesting and good article about Milestii Mici, with the given data ...
Nice view of the fountain of wine ...
Good composition, nice place indicated, beautiful colors.
I like to drink good wine, I'd like to try some wine from the collection Mici.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
williewhistler (12112) 2013-10-28 12:26
now this is the type of fountain that I like!
Fine composition and good details.
Best wishes Les.
boa (5536) 2013-10-28 13:53
what a perfect place for a big party:) Honestly, i have never heard about Milestii Mici before but it sounds like an interesting place for a visit! Crisp and clear shot with good colors, Tfs!
Have a nice evening.
worldcitizen (6415) 2013-10-28 16:43
This seems like an interesting place. I like the unique fountain that pours wine into different glasses. The stone wall is also lovely; it looks old, but from your note this complex is not that old at all. It's hard to imagine just how large the interior must be. We don't see many photos from Moldova, so it's nice to see this one. By the way, I'm impressed by how many countries you have visited. :-)
pierrefonds (54610) 2013-10-28 17:25
The trees are helping to frame the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the fountain. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.
serp2000 (37517) 2013-10-29 7:42
I see this is your 800th post on the TE. Good choice for a celebrating! I like your report from Moldova, amazing presentation of a local culture. I have got a relatives there, but I've never been there. TFS!
Nicou (115336) 2013-10-29 8:24
Toutes mes félicitaitons pour ce 800ème poste e til est mervielleux une fontiane à vin qui coule ce toneau avec le verre de vin rouge quel ensemble quelle vue pour ce jour de fête sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
marabu61 (7225) 2013-10-29 12:51
I suppose this wine is not for drinking.
Intriguing fountain indeed. Even though I work in the hospitality business and used to buy all the wine for a local regional airline, I have never heard about this state winery in Moldova.
Congratulations on your 800th upload, quite an achievement. Your list of visited countries is very impressive too, I am quite a bit jealous :-)
Have a great day
Fis2 (81530) 2013-10-29 12:59
excellent frame, good quality.
I like it.
papagolf21 (82978) 2013-10-30 0:23
Ah ! c'est bien la première fois que je vois une telle fontaine...
Il faut reconnaître que l'idée est originale et fort bien mise en image.
jhm (134498) 2013-10-30 3:30
I am agree with these writer, I must say I have never heard of this wine collection.
But your picture is fantastic taken.
Lovely environment with these small wine streams, also a nice stone work.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
mkamionka (29155) 2013-11-01 6:49
I have tasted some Moldavian wines and indeed I liked it but I don't know much about wine so I am easy to impress. Very interesting note, it is really amazing to have such collection and inside a hill. Nice illustration of the subject.
Very well done,