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. 
 
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  • Muscat

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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  • Fanagoria Winery

    It has passed over half a century since the day when on the site of the ancient polis of Phanag...

  • Millstream

    In 1936 "Sovkhoz Tamanskiy" at Taman Peninsula gethered small wineries founded around 1920-1921...

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  • Ok, I did some homework - here is my list of wines from East Europe that I fond in Russian shops: http://www.snooth.com/list/east-europe-wine/3952/ Again, this is my personal list that I will update from time to time, there could be more Russian wines on snooth from other users!

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

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

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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.

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  • 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?

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  • Russia has some great wines, my favorite is Chateau Grand Vostock ( http://www.grandvostok.ru/ ) 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?

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  • Real good russian wine: Fanagoria Merlot CRU LERMONT

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

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