The geographical background
Moldova is a country situated in the southeastern part of Europe. Its territory consists of 33, 7 thousand sq. kilometers and a population of 4,32 mln. people. The capital of Moldova is the Chisinau city.
The geographical outline of Republic of Moldova resembles with a bunch of grapes. It is generally held that it is absolutely impossible to describe this country without mentioning the heraldry that symbolizes the main occupation of the local people – winery.
The geographical background of this small “bunch of grapes” creates favorable conditions for vine growing, that determine many regions of the country to specialize in winemaking. Moldova is a country with deep roots in the winemaking tradition; wine is produced in every courtyard and by the quality of the wine a person is known and appreciated. The old people say that the better the wine is, the better the opinion about the householder who prepared it is.
The State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex “Milestii Mici” is situated near the Milestii Mici village, half-hour ride from Chisinau. Very long time ago here settled the people who built dwellings from the limestone mined in underground galleries. The climate of the zone is moderately continental. Winters are short and soft, summers – warm and long. The hills and the slopes of Milestii Mici village are washed by the Isnovet River. The warm days and the sufficient humidity are the positive factors that facilitate the cultivation of the European types of grapes and the outstanding ripening of grapes. History
The history of founding the State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex “Milestii Mici” is harmoniously connected with three fundamental components: outstanding winemaking materials for the production of high quality wines, excellent oak barrels for their endurance and ideal conditions for giving the wines noble and precious qualities. Milestii Mici villageis one of the most ancient Moldavian villages, mentioned in ancient books and chronicles. The archeological researches found here remains of the settlings of different epochs and cultures, beginning with the Xth
The priest of the "Saint Nikolai" church, situated in Milestii Mici and found in 1870, Emmanuel Brihunet, revealed some references about the village in old manuscripts, dating from 30th
of March, 1528.
In these ancient chronicles it is mentioned that the King Petru Rares gave to its grandson Lashko-Voda from Isnovet village three other villages, two of which were situated below, and one higher than Isnovet River.
Lashko had a lot of other heritage, so he gave one of the villages to his relative Milea who immortalized his name into the future commercial brand "Milestii Mici".
Local ancient underground galleries disturb imagination, reaching the Chisinau borders. The first parties of wine were brought into the galleries at the end of the 60-es and the results exceeded all expectations. The limestone played the role of a natural accumulator of constant humidity (85-95%) and temperature (+12–+14ºC) throughout the year. As longer the wines are stored in such ideal conditions, as better their qualities are. The wines are being brought at the enterprise for many decades, only there becoming splendid collection and high quality wines.
The State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex “Milestii Mici” was found in 1969 as a mini-complex for storing, preserving and maturing high quality wines.
The small amounts of wine (not more than 100 th. dal.) produced at the primary processing grapes factory were stored in oak barrels and enameled, still tanks, in cool and quiet wine cellars. The obtained high quality wines were appreciated by experts and simple consumers.
During the years the enterprise changed its name and its status several times.
At the moment it is a State Enterprise specialized in the production, storage and sales of alcoholic drinks. Their qualities strike with their wise perfection, which beneficially reflects the image of Moldavian wines as a whole. The production potential of the enterprise is being improved day by day. Yearly the specialists of the enterprise select the best Moldavian wines and work with them, increasing their qualities and properties.