Russian Wine


Wine has been produced in Russia since the time of the ancient Greeks, as it was with most of its Baltic neighbors such as Georgia, Slovenia, and Romania. Most of the northern sections of the country are just too dang cold and bleak to produce wine, but farther south conditions are much more favorable, near the Azov, Black, and Caspian Seas. It wasn’t until the 1800s that Russia began to produce wine commercially. The most famous venture was the sparkling wine out of Crimea by Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn at Novyi Svet winery, which won the gold medal at the 1889 Paris Expedition. With thesuccess of “The People’s Champagne,” Golitsyn continued to study French viticultural methods to plant vineyards with European varietals along the Black Sea coast. Novyi Svet still exists as one of Russia’s most famous commercial wineries. 
But Russian wines had many things against them into the 20th century: Phylloxera, the exodus of French winemakers during Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Saperavi

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Anyone who needs translations for Russian wines, description, or taste notse - I could help. not a profession or winemaker though...

    Comment by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Hello. Can anybody give me the names of a few dozen Russian Red Wines please.

    Comment by 2119089Snoother 2119089 2119089 Snoother 2119089

  • Good article by Kevin Haney in the Oct. 6 edition of Newsweek entitled "How Russia Blew Up America--Want to win a nuclear war? Build better hackers, not better bombs".  At the moment sorry, but I can't find a link to an online version of the article that's not through a clipping service. The article's worth reading and points to how Trump's and ... Read More

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  • Southern Harbor Bastardo 2017


    /Yuzhnaya Gavan'/ Best Russian bastardo so far. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Evpatoria Cabernet 2017


    Amazingly smooth and light wine with nice texture : mid-body ripe red fruits, vanilla, blackcurrant and very light wood tannins. It's good by itself without pairing. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Drevniy Krym Bastardo Krymskoye 2017


    almost fresh juice in wine bottle... Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Krymvintorg Merlot 2017


    No written review

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  • Fanagoria Cru Lermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


    Interesting wine with layered taste and complex aroma named by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov. Locally grown grape, seedlings came from France, Jean Guy Arrive. Nose: red fruits, jasmine, light mint on top and small slice of caramel nearby. Medium body wine with perceptible minerality, not salty though. Taste starts with good acidity, wider red fru... Read More

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  • Tavridia Pinot Noir Crimea 2017


    Fasten your seatbelt - it's a semi-sweet Pinot Noir! Read More

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  • Sazyk Dere Merlot Marochnoye 2015


    "" /Marochnoye/ means "vintage wine", it also has shaped bottle, fancy label and the word "premium" in description... but all that is very misleading because it's not. well, the wine is not too bad - it has taste and some tannin at the end but I believe customers will expect something more than that... Read More

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  • Cabernet Crimea Eto Satera Classic 2017


    No written review

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  • Mueller's investigation is not going to be fast and dirty, but looks like ... ... was actually paid for by Russia. Here's an informative article in the New York Times about various actions  by Russia on Facebook and elsewhere to subvert the 2016 electoral process and wreak havoc on the US in a way they never could during the Cold War. Focus by... Read More

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  • Was in Russia in 1971. When we were fogged in at the St. Petersburg airport (Leningrad then) a friend and I found a wonderful Georgian red wine called Dark Eyes. Have been searching for it ever since and wonder if anyone else has heard of this one.

    Comment by 1986262Dirty 30 1986262 Dirty 30

  • I need help in identifying two bottles of white wine purchased in the Georgian republic about 30 years ago. They have been stored in a closet & are unopened. The labels are in Russian & Google was stumped. Can anyone help me with this problem?

    Comment by 1700987Mason Brumby 1700987 Mason Brumby

  • Russia has some great wines, my favorite is Chateau Grand Vostock ( ) on the Krasnodarsky region, near the black sea. All the wines I tasted I had to buy them from Russia. Does anybody know if Russian wines are sold in United States?

    Comment by 238286alessandrorossi 238286 alessandrorossi

  • Real good russian wine: Fanagoria Merlot CRU LERMONT

    Comment by 1067204Rinox 1067204 Rinox

  • does anybody know where I can buy russian wines in USA? (not Georgianwines)

    Comment by 238286alessandrorossi 238286 alessandrorossi

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