Capriana monastery is one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments in the Republic of Moldova. The monastery is located in the picturesque woodland – Codri. For a long time the monastery was the residence of the Metropolitan of Moldova and it was patronized by many Rulers of Moldova including Stefan the Great.
This tour includes a visit to the oldest monastery in Moldova, which is located at a distance of 40km from Chisinau. The road towards the Monastery passes through the most picturesque part of the country, Codru (woods) region, in the northwest. On the way to the monastery we will pass by a range of beautiful Moldovan villages, vineyards, orchards, and nice landscape, which along with rolling hills and valleys shows Moldova at its best. There is also a beautiful scenery view of the monastery from the top of the hill.
After the monastery you will visit "Milestii - Mici", wine gallery registered in the “Guinness Book”
Milestii Mici is the largest underground wine cellar in Moldova and to some data in the whole of Europe. It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine. The tunnels’ depth varies from 30 to 85 m below ground.
Most of the wine is stored in huge oak casks – made with Crimean or Krasnodar oak – that vary in size from 600 to 2,000 dal. The largest are big enough to hold a small car. The tunnels are named after the wines kept there.
The cellar has a huge wine collection of more than 2 million bottles – the largest collection in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. More than 70% of the stored wines are red, 20% are white and about 10% are dessert wines. The Milestii Mici Golden Collection of wines, with wines dating back to 1969, is the pride of the cellar. The most valuable items of this collection were produced in 1973-74; they are now exported exclusively to Japan. The wines stored here are made from grapes harvested in various years, beginning with 1969. The wines were produced in keeping with old Moldovan traditions. Today, the winery produces wines following new, modern standards.
What does the tour include?
- Roundtrip transportation by private, comfortable car,
- Entrance fees,
- Guide assistance,
- Driving through the Winery cellar (the entrance without a car is not allowed)
- Wine tasting (3 wines) + snack, moldovan pies (placinte).
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