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Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Cricova Factory

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BTW….whenever I hear Cricova, I think of the Ricola commercials in the states, and giggle just a little. Cricova is a town located west of mine, and northest of Chisinau.  There is another group of trainees who live there, two of which are also ARBDs.  Also in Cricova is a winery!  Cricova is the home of the largest wine cellar in the world.  In Milestii Mici, south of Chisinau, is the largest collection of wine in the world.  The language technical instructors (LTIs) in Ciroescu and Cricova worked together and were able to get us a tour of the bottling factory for their champagne production.  The head of bottling for the champagne is the host father of Angela, one of Cricovas LTIs.  A couple weeks ago, a group of about 20 went on a tour, my first in Romanian, and with some translation help we saw where they store it, bottle it, and pack it for distribution.  At the end we got to try two white champagnes and on red.  (My first time trying a red champagne)  I also found out that champagne differs from sparkling wine because I champagne the carbonation is formed naturally.  We were invited back in the fall to see how they press the grapes, and last Friday we went back and toured the cellar, it felt so nice to not be sweltering hot for once.



Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

One thought on “Cricova Factory

  1. red champagne huh? looks like fun! hope you’re super busy like I’ve been, I’ll do my best to keep you up to date 😀

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