Russia is home to historic wineries although few bottles end up on tables in the west. However, with exports beginning to flow out, there is an increasing chance that people in the wider world will come to know and love Russian wine as much as many locals.
Among the most storied wineries in Russia is Massandra in the Crimean city of Yalta on the Black Sea.
The winery was first opened in 1894 by in Prince Lev Golitsyn. Like much private property in Russia, during the Soviet period the winery was nationalised. However, unlike many wine producers in the Soviet Union, the vineyards of Massandra remained open even during Mikhail Gorbachev’s war on drinking in the late 1980s.
Today, Massandra is looking to export more wine in spite of threats from the Ukrainian regime who have been whining about everything from a recent auction of Massandra’s valuable vintage bottles to the fact the winery is still operating.
But that didn’t stop Russian President Vladimir Putin and his friend, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from sharing what was said to be a bottle of wine said to be worth $90,000.
Another younger Crimean winery, The Alma Valley Winery recently won top awards at an Italian wine festival.
Crimean wine country is a popular destination for people throughout Russia.