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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  • Muscat

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Saperavi

  • 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

  • Russian Standard Vodka NV


    This is one of the most recognizable vodkas in Russia. We call it a "foam-rubber vodka" or "Paraffin vodka" because unlike to any other vodkas I'm aware of, it's easy to drink, has very light taste and soft alcohol effect. Regardless name, it's not a 'standard' taste of regular Russian vodka. This one is my favorite choice for long celebration t... Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Millstream Traditional Cabernet 2017


    A decent semi-sweet wine: velvet dark cherry, vanilla and smooth tannic cane sugar ending. awesome wine! try pairing it with dark chocolate or charbroiled kebab. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Abrau Riesling 2014


    sweet citrus and red apple nose; pomelo, red orange taste; crispy feijoa ... ... jokes about bitterness of Russian riesling but this is definitely not the case - very nice win Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Izumov Crimea Merlot 2016


    Beautiful deep red color with golden rim. medium body wine: mellow plums, peaches, yummy wild strawberries toasted oak drowning in vanilla... for just 8 bucks?! I'm impressed! Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Jack, this is a very difficult problem that's been hanging fire for ... ... ... except--perhaps--for Russia?Comments of similar nature have populated the Twitterverse, but I wonder if he's going to try to steal a Game of Thrones scriptwriter to help him write future speeches, or soundbites for that matter. The series is coming to an end, so I... Read More

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  • Abrau Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    the wine is wide, round and nice in all respects at the beginning and middle but suddenly ending has too much alcohol flavor, that ruins all previous benefits. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Agora Bastardo 2017


    it's an interesting wine in general, but it's overpraised for the quality. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Chernomorskaya Istina 2017


    young nice and simple. try to keep in in cellar for several years. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Taman Wines Merlot 2016


    a so-so wine... finally I mixed it with Cab of same brand to make it it better ( Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Fanagoria Authoring Wine Pinot Noir Merlot 2016


    Fanagoria is always a good wine Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • 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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