The Best Wineries to Visit in Ukraine
Ukraine’s unique climate allows for the production of wine in almost every region of the country; however, the western and southern regions are the utmost leaders. There are wineries with histories that go back to the nineteenth century juxtaposed with new private producers trying to conquer the market. Thus, despite their slow growth, the wineries here have such charm and quality that they are certainly worth discovering.
Chizay is one of the largest wineries in the Transcarpathian region with a tasting room for 50 people. In its complex, guests can visit the wine cellar, learn the production process of a noble drink and get acquainted with the winery’s products. Here everyone will find wines to their taste, ranging from dry to sweet. Moreover, the winery organizes tours through the valley and its vineyards, as well as treats guests with wine and samples of Hungarian cuisine (Chizay is located on the Hungarian border).
The full name of this winery is Shabo Wine Culture Center, and it is not only a wine making factory, but also a popular tourist complex. Travellers are invited to go on excursions through the enterprise divisions and the ancient wine cellars. During a tour, you’ll have an opportunity to taste a range of wines and later purchase your favourites in the boutique, which offers more than 80 different products. At Shabo, you will also find the only monument to a grapevine in Ukraine.
Winery of duke P.N. Trubetskoy
The Winery of duke P.N. Trubetskoy is an old company. In fact, its first vineyards were laid in 1896. It has welcomed tourists since 1900, when the historic chateau was built. Now it provides excursions, tastings and romantic getaways. Here you can discover how to pair wines or other alcoholic beverages with dishes, learn about the wine-making process and wander the vineyards. The winery also has a hotel, where you can spend a weekend with your second half and enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the vineyards and the Dnipro River.
Kolonist is located in the most favourable region of wine production in Ukraine – the very southern point of Ukraine, on the border with Moldova. Here they grow the best European varieties of chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot. The key to Kolonist’s success is that its vineyards share the same latitude as the French Bordeaux region and the Italian Piedmont region. The venue hosts the annual festival of Young Wine (Molodoho Wyna in Ukrainian) during the harvest season from mid-August to late-September. You’ll find two tasting halls with live music and a fireplace that is lit year round.
The greatest way to enjoy a glass of high-quality wine is by drinking it while overlooking more than 2,500 hectares (6,178 acres) of vineyards. At Koblevo, you’ll have such an opportunity, as it’s celebrating 30 years of extreme success. It is one of the most successful complexes in Southern Ukraine. On the tour, you can observe the full process of producing natural wine: from growing grapes to the bottling stage. There’s also a tasting session, where you can try 12 varieties of Koblevo’s most popular drinks.
Grande Vallée invites food lovers to join the world’s popular trend of wine tourism by visiting its factory and vineyards. This company that specialises in dry, aged and champagne wines will lead you to the places where French and German grapes grow in Ukraine. You’ll taste each varietal with a professional sommelier and have an excursion around the winery. By the way, Grand Vallée is a unique place in Ukraine that grows and produces special varietal wines like Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling).