Outside Chişinău

Cricova Winery

The wine cellars of Cricova are the second largest in the country. Tunnels were dug under Cricova in the 15th century to use the limestone for building materials. In the 1950s, these tunnels were converted to an underground winery. There are 120 Kms (75 miles) of roadways underground and the temperature is maintained at 12C all year. There are an estimated 1.2 million bottles of wine stored here. This is a must see for anyone on a visit to Moldova.


The second largest city in size and economic importance, Bălţi or Balti in English is situated to the northwest of Chişinău. This city is an important economic centre, with manufacturing playing an important role. Besides traditional for Moldova wine making, sugar, meat processing, flour milling, oil production, and light industry in general, Bălţi is the centre for manufacturing of agricultural machinery, of various construction materials, fur, textile, chemical and furniture industries.


Soroca, in northern Moldova is home to Soroca Fortress, an impressive stone defensive structure built between 1543 and 1546 on the site of a previous wooden fortress. The fortress was constructed in a perfect circle with five bastions at equal distances.

Orheiul Vechi

Approximately 50 Kms north of Chişinău, lies Orheiul Vechi, the most important archaeological site in Moldova. On a ridge above the Răut river, are remains of an ecclesiastical complex which included fortifications. There is also a cave monastery, dug in the 13th century  by monks. There is also an exhibition centre which includes articles discovered during archaeological digs.