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The third war in the history of Prince Trubetskoi Winery became the impetus for changes.
Prince Trubetskoi Winery is the only historical chateau in Ukraine. The estate is located in the village of Vesele, Kherson region, and is more than 120 years old. It is no exaggeration to say that this is a piece of history that, before russian military aggression and occupation, every Ukrainian had a chance to get involved with.
The wines of Prince Trubetskoi have repeatedly won the highest awards at prestigious wine competitions. For example, in 2021, the Ukrainian wine that received a silver medal at Le Mondial des Vins Blancs Strasbourg was Rhine Riesling Limited white dry 2016 by Prince Trubetskoi Winery. According to some sources, Rhine Riesling Prince by Trubetskoi was awarded the Grand Prix at the Paris Expo back in 1900. In 2023, for the second year in a row, Prince Trubetskoi Winery was nominated for Wine Travel Awards.
But neither more than a hundred years of history, nor restored pre-revolutionary cellars with a luxurious unique wine collection, which was part of the historic and winemaking heritage, would stop the invaders from barbaric actions. Starting from the first hours of the full-scale aggression, the historic building of the chateau was occupied and looted by russian army, some of the rare collection bottles were broken, and warehouses were bombed. Even though unoccupied, until now the territory of the chateau is under daily shelling. Its recovery will take a lot of time and effort. Only 52 bottles remained from the entire valuable collection.
“The third war in the history of the Trubetsky Chateau pushed us for change,” says the owner. – We decided to rename our Prince Trubetskoi Winery to Stoic Winery, to pay due respect to the philosophy of stoicism and to show that no challenges and dramas can stop us in our desire to make fine wines. From now on, every drop of wine we produce will be just another demonstration of our perseverance and dedication to our work.”
Renaming is the first step towards a new goal and a new history, believe the winemakers of the historic chateau. The name “Stoic” is not chosen by chance. Stoicism is a philosophy of self-control, perseverance, acceptance of the situation and striving for the best, regardless of events.The winemakers emphasize that they respect the history and achievements of the founder of the winery, the Russian prince Trubetskoi, but believe that their identity and future should no longer be connected with the Russian prince.
The former Prince Trubetskoi Winery brought the last 52 bottles of wine which have been rescued from the occupation and shelling, to join the Wines of Ukraine stand at ProWein 2023. “This is all we had left, but for us participation in this expo was a small step on the road to recovery,” the winery management commented. – Among these bottles are those that survived after the explosion of our warehouse in Gostomel. Tens of thousands of bottles were damaged in this warehouse, but a few of them survived. We are currently updating our plans and setting clear goals and… we are changing our name!”
Some visitors of the Wines of Ukraine national stand at ProWein literally cried when they looked at the “before / after” photos of the historic chateau. “Our Ukrainian colleagues were delighted that we did not give up, even though we lost everything… both the building and the wines,” says Serhiy Parkhomchuk, Marketing Director of (formerly) Prince Trubetskoi / Stoic Winery, who personally participated in the expo.
So – Stoic Winery! The unbreakable historical chateau considers its strategic task to restore the production of high-quality wines, restoring their modern production complex with all the most updated vinification assets. “Our primary task, of course, is to resume wine production and sales. This is an extremely important factor for recovery,” says Parkhomchuk. As well as renovation of the winery’s own laboratory, de-mining and cultivation of 200 hectares of vineyards, renovation of the hotel and tourist complex, in other words — continuing to create the history of this magnificent land.
Of course, all this will happen when there will be safe access to the estate. But we all believe this time will come soon! The winemakers of Stoic Winery are full of enthusiasm and energy, because, from now on, courage and a steady approach to all life’s challenges are embedded in their new brand.
Photo: Stoic Winery Press Office