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Best Wine and Brandy Shops (Self Guided), Chisinau

It would be an true pity to visit Chisinau without having explored its specialized wine and brandy shops, and picking up at least one bottle. Moldova is a renowned producer of wine and spirits, it offers true quality products based on centuries-old traditions, and at bargain prices too. This tour will take you to some of the best shops in town selling wines and liquors, all within a walk of the city center.
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Guide Name: Best Wine and Brandy Shops
Guide Location: Moldova » Chisinau (See other walking tours in Chisinau)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Carpe Diem Wine Shop and Bar
  • Milestii Mici
  • BasaVin
  • Calarasi Divin
  • Aroma
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Carpe Diem Wine Shop and Bar

1) Carpe Diem Wine Shop and Bar

What to buy here: Et Cetera wine.

Home to a large variety of vine grapes and some of the most fertile land in Europe, it is only natural that Moldova is also home to a multitude of wineries. One such winery is Et Cetera, a newcomer to the market, but already appreciated by a large circle of enthusiasts. The winery was created by a group of young people from the wine region of Stefan Voda, Moldova, and aims to offer a fresh perspective and a new product to wine connoisseurs everywhere.
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Milestii Mici

2) Milestii Mici

What to buy here: Milestii Mici wine.
The Milestii Mici winery is world famous for having the biggest natural wine cellar. The production range is enormous and includes, among other, the gems like Feteasca 1987, Riesling 1986, Milestscoe 1986, Gratiesti 1986, Muscat 1988, Trandafirul Moldovei 1986, Auriu 1986, and Cahor-Ciumai 1986. All of these are available at a specialized store in the center of Chisinau.
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BasaVin

3) BasaVin

What to buy here: BasaVin Wine.
BasaVin winery and store are conveniently settled downtown on Eminescu Street. Here, fine quality red and white wines coexist peacefully with souvenir-bottled strong liquors. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
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Calarasi Divin

4) Calarasi Divin

What to buy here: Calarasi Divin brandy.

Moldova is famous for its wine, but also for its hard liquors. Among these of a special note is Calarasi Divin brandy, distilled by a methodology similar to that used by French cognac makers. The Calarasi wine and spirit brand has been established since the late 1800s, and includes vintages from 3 to 30 years of age. The highlight of Calarasi line is the 25 year brandy “Stefan Voda” which is named after Moldova's prominent medieval ruler; a bottle of it will run you about US$80 (1000 lei minimum) and is well worth every penny. For cheaper options, consider seven year old divins ranging between 120 and 410 lei a piece. Also worth checking out are 10-25 year old brandies that will set you back 470-2050 lei. If the budget allows, you may try something older like 30-40 year divins whose prices start from 2100 lei per bottle.

These and other treats are found in great supply at the Calarasi Divin specialized store located at 44/2 Armeneasca Street (tel.+373-22-229362, hours Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm)
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Aroma

5) Aroma

What to buy here: Aroma brandy.
"Barza Neagra" store on Constantin Negruzzi Street is a specialized outlet of Aroma distillery. Established over 100 years ago, Aroma is a renowned producer of quality brandy. The distillery got its present name in 1983. Coupled with the taste, the intricate design of the bottle packaging makes Aroma brandy a perfect gift.

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