wine regions include the Crimea, Odessa, Kherson, Nikolayev, Transcarpathia
the largest area devoted to viticulture (63,000 hectares), and
the wines from this region are considered the best quality.
Massandra winery in the Crimea was built in the 1890s to supply
Czar Nicholas II's nearby summer palace. Dessert wines, such as
Krasny Kamen (Red Stone) Muscat are a specialty of the
With 290 days
of frost-free days the grapes are able to be harvested ripe and
some overripe which adds natural sweetness to the wines. Dryer
cabernets such as Abrau and Miskhako and fortified wines such
as the Black Doctor are well known and Artyomov sparkling
wine made by the champagne method and bottled in the eastern Ukraine
is also an excellent choice.
NOTE: Of late, many of the top
quality wines in the Ukraine are being counterfeited, and watered-down versions
or even vinegar may be passed off as the genuine article. Winemakers
have taken steps to stop this practice by adding holographic labels and
other marks that are not easy to duplicate to the bottles. Just
make sure to buy from reputable dealers or, if you're traveling through a Ukraine wine region, direct from the winery ...
More about Ukrainian wines & wineries around the Web:.
Ukraine - Wines - A brief, fact-filled article with a discussion on the climate and grapes used in wine production in the Ukraine with a bit of information on the current state of the wine industry.
Ukraine Wines and Wineries - Dig deeper into the topic with a personal travelogue to the region, a tutorial on how to read a Ukraine wine label, and a directory of official winery websites.
Sparkling Winery - The home page of the winery gives a tour of the production including the grapes and the cellars. The wizard rules section has a very nice introduction on how to choose a champagne to your taste as well as serving and drinking rules.