Russian wine: the future of the


We often hear that Russia — the country is not wine. That wine is not able to do, they say, is not the climate and the hands are not fastened to the spot. Because under the guise of a noble drink sell any brew. How true these estimates? Does Russia have the quality of wine? Our today’s review-it.

In the minds of the modern domestic consumer Russian wine has a tarnished reputation. Admittedly, there is reason to that: for the most part it is completely tasteless and leaves a bad hangover. In fact, today we have much to be proud of.

Russian nebordo

In the early 2000’s there were farms organized in accordance with the principles of modern winemaking. The pioneer was the Russian-French project, Chateau le Grand Vostock — the first domestic full-cycle. French experts together with Russian agronomists selected in Taman best sites for vineyards. Had purchased modern tanks and new barrels. The cellar was working young but ambitious French oenologist Frank Duseigneur.

He works on the farm to this day, and year to year, his wine is becoming more confident. The first vintages of Bordeaux strongly resembled the bad — a lot of drums, a little fruit. Second millesime general was much worse than the first, but even such a cabernet stands out against the rest of the Russian production. Now this is a stylish and textured wine consistently high quality with a great tannin structure and juicy fruitiness. And it’s not only about the top positions like Cuvee Karsov and Le Chene Royal, but also on the basic lineup.

Forward, Russia!

Glorified, and then almost destroyed farm Abrau-Durso is experiencing a rebirth. To the company a new team headed by Boris Titov. Production facilities were reconstructed and expanded, is controlled by the state of vineyards, growing near the hotel complex for fans of wine tourism. French oenologist-shampanist gesture Herve spent several years trying to change the style of the most famous sparkling wine of our country in the direction of greater elegance and freshness. He succeeded. Herve recently presented to the expert wonderful extra brut in the line "Abrau-Durso Victor Dravigny» — a subtle, elegant, delicate sparkling wine with delicate fruit scheme and juicy taste.

Russian producers are now well understood that the key to their success primarily in high-quality raw materials. So they actively acquire its own vineyards, exploring the terroir, pick up certain types of individual plots, carefully take care of the vine. The second important point — the right vinification. She is often entrusted to foreign experts, but parallel to grow and our winemakers.

The most successful businesses that define the face of the modern Russian winemaking, are of "Fanagoria", "Kuban-Vino", "Myskhako", "winery Vedernikov», Villa Victoria, etc. Today, it makes a very decent wines of premium and low- premium, which the organoleptic characteristics of the far better the vast majority of wines in the same and higher price category.

So, Fanagoriis Cru Lermont have every reason to be terroir, and the line "Types of Reserves" from the same manufacturer is an example of a decent wine with pronounced varietal characteristics. More recently, "Fanagoria" presented a line of "Author’s wine", each of which has a strictly personal profile. Especially successful in this series can be considered blend of cabernet and saperavi — a generous, full-bodied, spicy, rich wine. The company advises flying enologist John Voronchak, but a huge amount of current work falls on the shoulders of the Russian expert Valentina Papadopoulos. "Copyright wine" — its undoubted success.

Good impression lineup Chateau Tamagne of "Kuban-Vino" (the project oversees the main expert of the Institute of Ethnology Jerome Champagne Bar), and a collection of Grand Reserve "Myskhako" especially seasoned version of chardonnay and cabernet.

"The winery Vedernikov," a small farm near Rostov-on-Don, famous for great wines from autochthonous varieties (Krasnostop Zolotovskii, Sibirkovy, Tsimlyansky Black, Golubok). They can justifiably be regarded as a national specialties. It would be great if it were moving through a more confident and other vendors.

The most recent loud Premier — Kuban wines from the farm "Lefkadia." The project advises the famous oenologist Patrick Leon, the technical director of Baron Philippe Rotschild, responsible for the style of such giants as Mouton-Rotschild, Almaviva and Opus One.

Small but precious

It is necessary to mention another important trend — in Russia is developing steadily garage winemaking. We are talking about very small farms that produce mikrokyuve, that is, small batch wines with very individual characteristics. The pioneer in this endeavor was Janis Karakezidi. Today his "Stretto" needs no introduction and is sold at exorbitant prices to the domestic market. Deserve attention and winemaking experiments Gennady Oparin in the estate "Semigorye" near Anapa. His Sauvignon last year received a well-deserved award at the competition in New Zealand.

Russian winemaking today fits into global trends and increasingly feels confident on the international level, as evidenced by the impressive list are prestigious European awards and rave reviews from the biggest experts. This path to the consumer today, if not the most direct, but the most effective. And perhaps in the future connoisseurs will buy quality Russian wine is not only for the fact that they are praised in London.

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