Wine is a special drink that often accompanies the perfect moments of our life. A romantic date with beloved one, a warm evening with friends, a calm night at home with favorite movies… A glass of good wine brings new notes and taste to any of these situations. And, of course, we need only excellent wines for our precious moments. Let`s consider 5 best Ukrainian wine brands that meet this high standard.
Colonist is one of the largest wine producers in Ukraine with 200 000 bottles in a year production run. Vineyards of the company are located in the southern part of Odesa oblast in one of the best Ukrainian wine regions. Krynychne village, where Colonist`s grapes grow, shares the same latitude with Bordeaux – French city with mild Mediterranean climate, famous for its traditions and achievements in the field of winemaking. Colonist`s vineyards can boast such popular European sorts as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Riesling and other. Cabernet “High Gamma” is one of the best wines offered by Colonist brand. This drink successfully expresses the tiniest tints of Cabernet sort, combining notes of black berries, herbs and grapes in its aroma. This wine perfectly matches lamb and other meat. “Odesa Black” is another wine of Colonist worth close attention. This wine, made of local grape variety, can be described as a mix of Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon. “Odesa Black”, with its astringent rich flavor, will surely fit a juicy steak. Gourmands can find Colonist wines in the most of wine shops and even in big supermarkets such as Novus and Auchan.
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Winery of Duke P.N. Trubetskoy
Winery of Duke P.N. Trubetskoy, located in Vesele village of Kherson oblast, has been making wines according to classic technologies for more than 120 years. High-quality Ukrainian wines of Duke P.N. Trubetskoy brand are made of handpicked grapes grown on winery`s large vineyards. The brand has three main series of drinks. The young collection is represented by Riesling, Chardonnay, Aligote, Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc and Cabernet sorts. The collection of aged wines that has been kept in oak barrels for not less than half a year includes Aligote, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Winery of Duke P.N. Trubetskoy also offers legendary Ukrainian brand wines such as “Velvet of Ukraine”, “Pearl of the Steppe”, “Naddnipryanske” and premium blended wine “Duke Trubetskoy”. Wines of the brand, that have perfect balance of quality and price, can be found in many Ukrainian supermarkets. The website of the company with its wine shop gives a possibility to buy delicious wines online.
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Cotnar winery, founded in 2005, is among young and promising Ukrainian wineries. Cotnar brand owns a modern full-cycle plant and 200 hectares of vineyards in Muzhiyevo village of Zakarpattya region. Carefully selected grapes are immediately delivered to primary production plant, where they are processed by professional Hungarian winemaker Vincze Bela, who sees the sense of his life in making excellent wines. The most of Cotnar wines are made of Aligote, Traminer, Isabella and Rkatsiteli grape sorts. Cotnar delights clients with popular wines such as Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. It is also highly recommended to try Cotnar rose wine. Previously, the brand has been mostly focused at mass market, but nowadays it offers premium product as well.
If you ever visited Beregove, Mukacheve or Uzhgorod, you had probably heard about that winery. Chizay winery, located in Zakarpattya oblast right near the border with Hungary, is famous for its perfect sweet wines. Previously, the company was oriented mostly on export to Europe, but, fortunately, during recent years Chizay had also supplied its products on local Ukrainian market. Riesling, Rhine, rose Traminer, Merlot, Cabernet – all these popular sorts of grapes grow on Ukrainian vineyards of Chizay. The list of the best wines produced by the brand includes “Roses of Carpathians”, “Homemade Wine”, “Cabernet Dry”, “Merlot”, “Sauvignon”, “Saperavi”, “Pinot Noir”, Zakarpattya Cahors Wine” and other. If you visit beautiful Palanok castle in Mukacheve, you will have a chance to join a degustation excursion in the castle`s wine cellars and to try Chizay wines. Online shop on the website offers delivery of wines to any city of Ukraine.
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The history of this family enterprise began in 1998 near Velyka Dolyna village in Odesa oblast well-known as the most successful Ukrainian wine region. That year, Ruben and Robert Guliyev purchased grape seedlings from a French company. Nowadays, the winery owns almost 200 hectares of vineyards with numerous grapes sorts like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Traminer and other. Guliyev brand is famous for its wines made of white grapes, because white grapes are able to soak up power of Ukrainian lands and hot Black Sea sunbeams to the fullest. Dry white Chardonnay Select is often considered as a brand identity of the company. This wine has light pleasant aroma and tender fruit taste. It is especially appreciated by women.
Whether your current mood is relaxed, dreamy, talkative or adventurous – a glass of wine from the best Ukrainian wineries will fit it just perfect.
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