Jun 14Liked by David Smith

Love this story. Who knew the famous wine cellars had such a history. Or that there is an effort already ongoing to designate them as UNESCO sites. This certainly broadens the scope of learning more about what there is to love about Moldova!

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Fascinating article. I assume Epoca de Piatră restaurant was once one of these mines??

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Yes, the nearby Branesti wine cellars in which the restaurant is positioned was also a limestone mine. I don't know if it played any role in the reconstruction of Chisinau as it is further away - most likely it was for other construction efforts in the region.

Branesti is also interesting as it is the only such large cellar in Moldova that was privatized. It's a bit more underdeveloped compared to the bigger state-owned wineries and cellars but due to Chinese investment exports quite a lot of wine to China.

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