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Milestii Mici, Moldova

Introduction & History

The town of Milestii Mici offers little, although the surrounding area is filled with vineyards and the town is home to the destination of the Milestii Mici Winery. The wine industry in Moldova truly developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s just after World War II, however the cellars of the winery have taken hundreds of years to create. Throughout Milestii Mici's history the people have dug holes into the rocky earth below in order to sell stones and today the absence of these stones make up the world's largest man made tunnel system.

Milestii Mici Today

Milestii Mici is essentially divided into two parts today, the winery and everything else. Numerous tourists make day trips from Chisinau each day, but they go straight to the winery and just as quickly leave the town. The winery offers a great tour, the vineyards, the cellars, and explains the winemaking process, but it doesn't get into how the people of Moldova live today.

The second part of Milestii Mici is the town itself, which is a small farming village run by ethnic Moldovans. Here life is focused on work, family, food, wine, and religion, just as it has been for centuries in the past.

Historical & Architectural Sights

Milestii Mici Winery: Milestii Mici Winery is one of the best wineries in Moldova and their winery has an excellent tour for visitors. This tour takes its visitors through their underground cellars, the largest in the world, but also requires that you have a car, although an exception may be made if you inquire. For more information, go to their website: www.milestii-mici.md.

Transportation

Milestii Mici's only transportation options are via ground transportation from Chisinau. There is very limited public transportation to and from the city as taxis are a more common means to transport to the city from Chisinau.

Airport: Milestii Mici is essentially a suburb of Chisinau so you would use the same airport, the Chisinau International Airport, which is located about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Milestii Mici. The airport code is KIV and the airport's website is: www.airport.md. For its location or directions, see the map below.

Train Station: Milestii Mici doesn't have a train station.

Bus Station: Milestii Mici doesn't have any true bus station; what they do have is streets where buses stop to pick people up and what street that is can vary based upon the bus's destination. The general rule is that to get to Milestii Mici you take the bus so to leave you must take the bus; remember where the bus dropped you off at and that's where the bus will leave from to the same destination you came from. There are also a fair number of taxis going to and from the Milestii Mici Winery so it is easy to get a taxi to or from Chisinau or the airport and if there are none waiting, the winery is willing to assist in calling you one.

Local Transportation: Milestii Mici has limited local transportation with some local buses and marshrutkas, which are similar to large vans servicing the city. The local transportation doesn't have an official website, however locals (who speak English) are generally willing to help out and the services are similar to public transportation in most major cities throughout Europe. Taxis are also available in limited numbers, but few drivers speak English.

Official Websites

Republic of Moldova: www.moldova.md

Maps & Directions

This page was last updated: November, 2012