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Moldova hosts 10km race in underground wine cellar

Moldova’s best-known and second-largest underground wine cellars, in the town of Cricova (15km north of capital Chişinău), have hosted a 10km Wine Run with around 200 participants.

Wine cellars in Cricova, Moldova.
Wine cellars in Cricova, Moldova. Image by Hans Põldoja / CC BY 2.0

The cellar’s tunnels are 100m underground, so runners had to carry torches through the darker sections. As a reward, everyone received a glass of mulled wine at the finish line. More than a million bottles of wine are held in Cricova’s tunnels, which date from the 15th century and have a total length of around 120km. Visitors can take a guided vehicle tour of the tunnels. Read more: bbc.co.uk