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SHUKHRAT KHAKIMOV & VITICULTORES

Tel.: +34 659 68 25 41
Email: shukhrat.khakimov@gmail.com
Web: www.facebook.com/Shukhrat-Khakimov-Viticultores-103984248882268
Address: Plz Constitución, 7. San Juan de Alicante. 03550 Alicante, Spain


Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores – it is an association of winemakers, oenologists, people who are passionate about wine and everything related to it.

Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores project was a nominee of the Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 in nomination Progressive Approach.

Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores

Chief winemaker, CEO and founder – Shukhrat Khakimov. He moved from Kazakhstan to Europe when he was a student. He graduated from the Higher School of Agriculture in Angers (Groupe ESA) in France, the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in Spain and the Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (UCSCP) in Italy. All research was related to viticulture, oenology, winemaking, viticulture and terroir management. After his graduation, Shukhrat decided to stay in Spain and start his story with the support of friends and family.

Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores

The driving force of the project is sustainability; the main goal is the production of non-traditional wines.

Although SK&V is a young project, it already has some inspiring achievements, such as high scores from one of Spain’s most popular guides, Guía Peñin.

Another exciting project from Shuhrat Khakimov – with Luis Campos de Azcarate – the WinexFood, a small family company founded in 2012 with big dreams and goals and a solid mission. WinexFood is a wine and food producer.

Tel.: +34 659 68 25 41 Email: shukhrat.khakimov@gmail.com Web: www.facebook.com/Shukhrat-Khakimov-Viticultores-103984248882268 Address: Plz Constitución, 7. San Juan de Alicante. 03550 Alicante, Spain Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores – it is an association of winemakers, oenologists, people who are passionate about wine and everything related to it. Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores project was a nominee of the Wine […]

WINEXFOOD

Tel.: +34 965 943 090
Email: info@winexfood.com
Web: www.winexfood.com
Address: Plaza de la Constitución, 7. 03550 San Juan de Alicante, Spain


Winexfood – is a family business founded in 2012 by Shukhrat Khakimov and Luis Campoz de Azcarate. “We are a small company, but with big dreams and goals,” say the project organizers.

Winexfood

Winexfood – producer and wine and food seller from the sunny coast of San Juan de Alicante, Spain. The company produces and exports more than 1,000 brands of wine from more than 70% of Spanish appellations. Wines from Winexfood can be found all over the world – in Europe, North and Central Africa, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, China, Japan, South Africa.

Winexfood

The Winexfood project was nominated for the Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 in the Brand – the Visiting Card of the Country category and reached the final of the public voting.

Winexfood

Shukhrat Khakimov, one of the founders of Winexfood, is the founder of Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores, an association of winemakers, oenologists, people who love wine and everything related to it.

Winexfood

The Shukhrat Khakimov & Viticultores project was also nominated for the Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 in the Progressive Approach category.

Winexfood – is a family business founded in 2012 by Shukhrat Khakimov and Luis Campoz de Azcarate. “We are a small company, but with big dreams and goals,” say the project organizers.

A journey through the scenic lands of Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, discovering history, tradition, art and great food in an environment that is still unspoiled

If you’re looking for an experience that takes you to the heart of the authentic spirit of an Italian winemaking region, you simply must visit the birthplace of Asti and Moscato d’Asti.


Situated in Piedmont, in the northwest of Italy, only a few kilometers from the foothills of the Alps, the shores of the Mediterranean and the flatlands of the Po valley, made fertile by Italy’s most important river, the areas of Asti and Moscato d’Asti have for centuries been the home of the Moscato Bianco varietal. This is an ancient vine found in many parts of the world, but which shows a particular predilection for the climate and soil of Piedmont, yielding aromatic grapes that express rare and unique scents and flavors that lie dormant when the varietal is grown in other places.

Asti DocgThe Moscato Bianco varietal, whose golden bunches are the only ones destined to become Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, thrives on about 10 thousand hectares of vineyards stretched atop rolling hills in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo.

The origins of the local soil are stratified sediments of a primordial ocean basin, giving this area a special geological profile and resulting in a variegated environment that man’s hand has shaped without infringing on its beauty.

Asti
A land of ancient hamlets and towns, dotted with castles and period residences, where cellars and tunnels dug into the earth are still in use, aging wines and spumante of excellent quality, appreciated worldwide. After all, it was here that, over a hundred and fifty years ago, the first Italian sparkling wine was born: an Asti Spumante, naturally.

Among the marquee attractions in the land of Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, which in 2014 was the first of Italy’s premier winemaking regions to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the 50th Italian site, there are Canelli’s Cantine Storiche, in the province of Asti, amazing underground cathedrals of wine, winding for kilometers under the city.

Another must-see are the breathtaking panoramas of the hills, geometrically blanketed by the rows of grapevines, and the medieval towers and strongholds that are scattered throughout the countryside, as well as the natural splendors waiting to be discovered by excursionists.

Asti Spumante and Moscato d’AstiLast but not by any means least, there is the famously delectable cuisine of the area, which pairs artisanal cold cuts and cheeses and Asti Spumante or Moscato d’Asti, as well as healthy, farm-fresh meat and vegetables and classic Piedmont dishes like vitello tonnato, cold slices of roast veal in a creamy tuna sauce; agnolotti with “plin”, a traditional filled pasts in the shape of a classic candy, or old-time cakes like hazelnut torte and homemade pudding, made with eggs and cocoa.

Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti are therefore the ideal ambassadors for a land that boasts so many excellences and that fully meets the demands of eco-tourism: green, sustainable, up to date and mindful.

If you’re looking for an experience that takes you to the heart of the authentic spirit of an Italian winemaking region, you simply must visit the birthplace of Asti and Moscato d’Asti.

Barrel Making Perfection at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

All the team of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Wine Travel Awards nominee in the categories “Must Visit”, “Objet d’Art”, “Progressive Approach”, wishes the WTA community and everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!


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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Wine Travel Awards nominee, lies just south of the city of Bordeaux in the Pessac-Leognan wine region. It is nestled amidst a sea of green woodlands, blooming wildflowers, and vines. To reach the chateau, you’ll have to brave your way down French country roads that far seem too narrow by American standards. The landscape is so verdant and vibrant you will think it’s impossible that you left metropolitan Bordeaux less than half an hour ago.

A 14th-century tower, built during the Renaissance, rises up from the sprawling vineyards, marking the heritage and legacy of the Smith Haut Lafitte estate. It looks as if it was carefully lifted from the hills of ancient Scotland and gently teleported to Martillac.

Smith Haut Lafitte

There is another, smaller tower, nestled toward the rear of the Chateau. It’s unprepossessing. Just one more beautiful piece of the stunning property. But it holds one of the most prized elements of winemaking at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. It is a crucial piece of their winemaking prestige. It has no tanks or presses. It never holds any grapes. It’s filled with the warm smell of wood and smoke. The air rings with the ping, ping, ping of hammers hitting chisels. This is the Chateau’s in-house tonnelerie.

Patricia Wilcox

It is extremely rare for a chateau to have its own tonnelerie in the modern era. Making your own barrels requires tools and expertise that few chateaux want to invest in. And to do it properly, by hand, is an act of human strength bordering on superpower.

There’s perfection, and then there’s perfection. When asked in a job interview: “What’s your greatest flaw?” One person might say they’re just too much of a perfectionist. But you know they’re not talking about real perfection. The type of perfection that irons its socks. The type of perfection that cleans the sink drain with a paintbrush. The perfection that vacuums its carpets in straight, even rows to get the perfect vacuum “stripes.” This is the level of perfection in practice at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s tonnelerie.

Yann from Smith Haut Lafitte

The resident tonnelier, Yann, is as unprepossessing as the tonnelerie tower. From a distance, he looks like someone who could have a desk job. But up close, you begin to see his sinewy physical strength. Take a look at his arms, and you’ll notice something the size and shape of a golf ball directly underneath his right elbow. It’s not a tumor. It’s a muscle.

Barrels can be toasted light, medium, or heavy, and any degree in between. The wood can come from specific forests, but even more particular than that, it can come from specific plots in specific forests. The combination of a certain level of toast with the wood from a certain plot can create dramatically different results.

barrels Smith Haut Lafitte

When Yann first came to the Chateau, he spent months with the Cathiard family, the Technical Director, and the Cellar Master, selecting the perfect wood from the perfect forests. They tested every possible level of toast. They filled these test barrels with wines from different grape varieties and different vineyard parcels. After months in the barrel, they conducted tasting panels together.

After tasting hundreds of samples, the team concluded that there was not one “correct” barrel. Instead, there was a correct blend of barrels, just like there was a correct blend of grapes. So, they created a recipe. The wood from this parcel gets toasted to this level, and this different parcel gets toasted to this different level, and for each three of the first barrels we use, we’ll make two of the second barrels. And we’ll also add one of a third, different barrel from a different plot at a different level of toast.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Following these recipes, the tonnelier makes up to two barrels per day. They’re stacked up in the tonnelerie in all different stages of completion. Some are newly assembled, the form bound together at the top with thick black metal rings, the bottom flaring out like a trumpet. Others look completely finished to the novice eye, but they have hours of shaving, sanding, and polishing yet to undergo.

You don’t make one barrel from start to finish all in one day. That’s too inefficient. So, while the barrel you assembled yesterday is toasting, you might be inspecting the pieces for a new barrel, or putting the end boards on a second, or finely shaving a third.

But, if you were to go in order, it would progress something like this: first, the oak arrives in pre-shaped pieces of varying widths, stacked on a pallet two meters high. Each pallet is identified by its plot. Just as a good wine is made by rigorously selecting the grapes, a good barrel requires precise selection of its wooden pieces. The tonnelier individually examines each board. He peers across the front and down each side to classify strength and quality. When a tree is growing, the wood grain is where the liquid from the roots gets transported to the branches. So, if a wood piece has a grain that runs from what will be the inside of the barrel toward what will be the outside of the barrel, wine could run through it just like water. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte does not make leaky barrels.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

After examining the boards piece by piece, the tonnelier begins to lay out the barrel on a large, flat table. He alternates between wide and narrow. The pieces with perfect wood grain go towards the bottom. Some of the pieces that seemed riskier can still be used. They are placed towards the top, where the liquid pressure is less. The widest piece in the center of the table is where the bung hole will be.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

The barrel is then assembled and toasted over the course of a dozen more distinct stages. Each step is detailed and physically exhausting. The tonnelier then takes things one step further. He sands the entire exterior of the barrel to new-wood perfection. The top ring of the barrel is first shaved with a curved hand chisel, then rough sanded by hand, then finely sanded by hand, then smoothed by hand, until it feels more like glass than wood. The tonnelier explained that even though these outer surfaces will never come into contact with the wine, they are an essential part of quality. “If a barrel is perfect on the outside, that’s how you know it’s also perfect on the inside.”

For all the work that goes into creating an exceptional wine, it is strange to consider that in-house tonneleries are so rare in Bordeaux. The wine will spend most of its time in a barrel before being bottled. But the barrel is even more than a storage vessel. It imparts ellagitannins, whisky ketones, and other essential elements in the structure and elegance of fine wines. A superior wine deserves a perfect barrel.


Patricia WilcoxPatricia Wilcox is a writer based between New York, Bordeaux, and Porto. She is at heart an entrepreneur, owner and founder of Awestruck Ciders in New York. She is currently on an academic sabbatical, pursuing an International Master in Wine Tourism Innovation through Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Université de Bordeaux, and Universidade do Porto.  She is WSET Level 3 Wines Certified with distinction.

Photo credit: Patricia Wilcox

All the team of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Wine Travel Awards nominee in the categories “Must Visit”, “Objet d’Art”, “Progressive Approach”, wishes the WTA community and everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!

1000 Adventures and Wine

Drinks+ talks about a book by Simon J Woolf that all wine and travel lovers can use as a guide.


Briton Simon J Woolf has had a difficult and varied career path: he was a musician, sound engineer, IT consultant, but at some point, wine appeared in Simon’s life. As a wine journalist, Mr. Woolf founded an online magazine about natural wines, began publishing articles in Decanter and Meininger’s Wine Business International, and became a recognized expert on natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. Among Woolf’s literary achievements, there is the prestigious 2019 Roederer Best Wine Book of the Year for “Amber Revolution” dedicated to orange wines. Besides, the New York Times included this book in the Top 5 Best Wine Books of 2018.

Simon J. Woolf

We hope that another work by Simon J Woolf, which has recently been released, awaits no less successful fate. The long title gives an exhaustive answer to the question of what will be discussed: it is immediately clear that the book “The Wine Lover’s Bucket List: 1000 Amazing Adventures in Pursuit of Wine” will talk about wine, travel, and adventure 🙂.

The book will come in handy for those wine lovers who prefer wine tourism and interesting trips, during which they can discover new wine varieties, destinations, and regions, to classical tastings and prim wine restaurants. The guide, easily readable and accompanied by atmospheric illustrations, contains stories about vineyards around the world that are worth visiting, sights that tie in with certain wine locations, and must visit events and festivals.

The wine lover's bucket list

In this wine guide, the reader will find both traditional locations and activities (for example, dining with wine in Bordeaux or excursions to picturesque Portuguese villages), as well as rather unusual and fun ways to spend their leisure time.

Do you want to be in shoes of Adriano Celentano, a character from the popular old comedy, who crushed grapes with his feet? The author will tell you which Italian villages offer tourists this exotic attraction. Do you like not only wine, but also cycling? No problem, in the guide, you will find all the hints and tips for organizing bike tours in Champagne.

If the idyll and tranquility of vineyards and pastoral rural landscapes are not your cup of tea, you can find more “urban” entertainment in the guide, such as excursions to the wine gardens of Vienna or visits to the famous wine repositories of Rome.

In the margins of the book, you will find the author’s brief notes on the characteristics of each wine region and the top 5 best local wines that you should definitely try. We wish you all a pleasant reading and an equally pleasant stay! 🙂

Drinks+ talks about a book by Simon J. Woolf that all wine and travel lovers can use as a guide.

Winery Honcharna Hora

The author of “Honcharna Hora” (the “Potter’s Mountain”) non-commercial wine project is Anton Liapin, a garage winemaker. He established his production in Kharkiv Region, where he grows grapes and produces a quality product. He has been growing the varieties that belong to both Vitis vinifera and complex interspecific hybrids.

The winery’s name reflects its location: the village of Novaya Vodolaga was the land of potters, and many pottery fragments are still found in the ground. Anton Liapin decided not to ignore this historical feature: you can see various pottery fragments on each bottle.

pottery fragments

On numerous occasions, Anton Liapin’s wines participated in competitions and won medals. For example, at the All-Ukrainian Tasting Competition for the best Ukrainian wine Uwines Awards 2019, Chardonnay 2018 from “Honcharna Hora” won a bronze medal. At the same time, in 2019, within a framework of the project “Wine Games”, which regularly conducts various tastings, the same Chardonnay 2018 was ranked 6-th among the specimens from all over the world. At the competitions among winemakers of Kharkiv Region, 5 wines from “Honcharna Hora” were ranked first in their respective categories: 3 in rosé, 1 in white, and 1 in red.

wine in glass

Anton Liapin believes that garage winemaking initially presupposes an author’s approach to winemaking, experiments with technology and verification methods.

Recently, the winemaker began experimenting with Pét-Nats: he used Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Citron Maharacha, and Johanniter varieties; those were primarily blends with various proportions.

The author of “Honcharna Hora” (the “Potter’s Mountain”) non-commercial wine project is Anton Liapin, a garage winemaker.

Winery Narovylo

Winery Narovylo is one of the most promising microwineries in Ukraine. Its founder and chief winemaker is Valeriy Narovylo.


The winery has Italian equipment: several presses, crusher, as well as tanks for primary and secondary fermentation, and reservoirs with floating lids for storing wine materials.

In 2014, Valeriy Narovylo obtained a conclusion confirming high quality of his wines from the laboratory of the National University of Food Technologies.

Валерий Наровило.

Over the years, he has achieved a lot both in terms of quality and range variety. The winemaker has achieved prominent results in both vectors: mastering still wines and trying his hand with sparkling classics. His experiments with the release of Pét-Nats may also be defined as successful. During VI All-Ukrainian Tasting Competition “Variety and terroir. Micro-winemaking”, Narovylo Cabernet-Merlot 2019 won in the “The Best Red Blend” nomination.

In addition, Narovylo produces whiskey. At the Craft Ukrainian Whiskey tasting competition, which was held in 2020 by the Ukrainian Craft Distillers Association, Narovylo whiskeys ranked second and third in the category “Aged whiskey from other raw materials”: TM Narovylo’s corn-based whiskey with added rye ranked second, and TM Narovylo’s rye- and rye-malt-based whiskey ranked third. We predict that Valeriy Narovylo will surprise the admirers of his craftsmanship more than once, due to his brilliant new drinks.

Winery Narovylo is one of the most promising microwineries in Ukraine.

Winery SliVino Village

The Molchanov family received their first harvest and first wine in 2016. And already in 2018, these starting winemakers became the owners of the first license for craft winemaking in Ukraine. That is why SliVino Village rightfully calls itself the first craft winery in Ukraine.

SliVino Village is located in the historical area, which during the period of time from 1900 to 1917 was one of the largest chateau in Nikolayev Region, that was founded by Anatoly Bredikhin, speaker of the City Duma, who received the right to produce wines under his own trademark. In 2012, the Molchanov founded a winery here and are actively working to unite the Ukrainian winemakers.

SliVino Village winery has established a 6-hectare vineyard on the historic slopes of the Southern Bug River. Both Ukrainian and European grape varieties are grown here: Cabernet, Odessa Black, Chardonnay, Sukholimansky White, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, etc.

wineyard

At the production facilities, the wine is fermented using wild yeast, without additives and preservatives. “We make high-quality Ukrainian wine!” – they say at the winery.

The family-run winery offers wine tasting tours led by Georgiy Molchanov, co-owner of the winery and assistant to the chief winemaker of SliVino Village Mikhail Molchanov. Georgiy Molchanov is the Chairman of the Black Sea Craft Winemakers’ Association. The Association was established in 2019, bringing together more than ten winemakers from Nikolaev, Kherson and Odessa Regions. The purpose of the organization is to protect the interests of small businesses, popularize craft winemaking, hold festivals and register geographical indications.

The creators of SliVino Village have founded a wine festival, and organize events, concerts and tours.

slivino bottle

During a tour around their winery, producers talk about the traditions of growing grapes in the region, about  peculiarities of the soil and climate, and about vine and grape varieties. The tastings are conducted by Olga Molchanova, Chief Sommelier of SliVino Village.

Every year, the winemakers take part in tasting competitions Uwines Awards, where professionals and amateurs choose the best Ukrainian wines. SliVino Village was awarded a silver medal for Cabernet 2017 and two bronze medals for Chardonnay 2018 and Riesling 2018.

In 2018 the Molchanov family became the owners of the first license for craft winemaking in Ukraine, that is why SliVino Village rightfully calls itself the first craft winery in Ukraine.

Winery Home Wine From Boris

Victoria and Boris Pecker’s family winery Home Wine From Boris was founded in 2010. Home Wine From Boris is located on the roof terrace of a multi-storey building in the center of Nikolaev. “The motivation for starting our own winemaking was the creation of high-quality natural wine, corresponding to our own taste”, – the owners comment. – Making wines is our hobby”.

Victoria and Boris Pecker

The winery has Italian equipment (an electric grinder with a comb separator, press, stainless steel tanks for fermentation and storage with a floating lid and a hydraulic seal). Home Wine From Boris processes 1.5-2 tons of grapes annually, depending on the yield and quality of the berries. The winemakers buy raw materials in various regions of the south of the Black Sea Region (Nikolaev, Kherson). Preferred varieties: Cabernet, Merlot, Aliberne (Odessa Black), Riesling, and Johanniter. In the nearest future, the family plans to start their own vineyard.

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The winemakers give preference to the production of dry red wine with high tannins. The technology assumes long-term maceration (up to 7-10 days) without further aging in oak. This results in attaining an astringent, rich taste and a deep dark ruby color. Alcohol reaches 15-16% with a residual sugar of 0.5%. There are plans to use malo-lactic fermentation at various stages of wine preparation and to create wines with set aromas. The plans also include creation of a line of light wines with alcohol content of 8-10%.

bottle of Home Wine From Boris

 

In the process of making wine, a part of the wort (for the sake of experiment) is bottled immediately after maceration. Due to further fermentation in bottles, natural carbonation occurs, resulting in a red sparkling wine Pet-Nat. Another part of a free-run juice immediately after pressing the grapes is fermented without maceration to create a light rosé wine. The same technology is used to make dry white and dry sparkling wines. These wines are bottled just before drinking. No preservatives are added to ensure that the wine has   a natural taste. All wines are ordinary, without blending.

The label sketch depicting the winery (house profile and roof terrace) and containing the words “Home Wine From Boris” was created by Victoria. For white, red and rosé wines, the inscription on the labels is made in the corresponding color. The label logo is registered as a trademark. No wines are sold before the required license is issued. But currently “Home Wine From Boris” offers its wines for tastings at various competitions, festivals, and online conferences.

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Home Wine From Boris is waiting for everyone to pay a visit. Roof terrace, light breeze, aromatic wine – what could be better? Boris and Victoria will be happy to visit fellow winemakers to hear their professional opinions.

Home Wine From Boris is located on the roof terrace of a multi-storey building in the center of Nikolaev.

Fathers wine VB

Winery Father`s wine VB was founded by Vladimir Buyachek. In 2010, the enthusiast planted experimental seedlings, and after a while the debut wine release took place; thereupon, the hobby grew into a passion and business: albeit small, but successful – like everything that Buyachek’s hand touched. Over time, Vladimir Miroslavovich planned to organize a wine festival, but, unfortunately, did not get a chance …

After the death of Vladimir Buyachek (in 2018), his family continued his beloved work:  his wife Nadezhda and children – Taras and Oksana.

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Currently, the winemaker of Father`s wine VB is Victor Kondrat, and the company also cooperates with the renowned Ukrainian consultants: Alina Tenetka and Masha Skorchenko. The winery’s credo, which was voiced by its founder, has always been the same: “To make wine for others as if you are doing it for yourself!” Today, the production volumes are equal to 12,000 bottles per year.

The area of Father’s wine VB’s own vineyards is 4.5 hectares, leased vineyards – 2 hectares. The winery grows such varieties as Jupiter, Johanniter, Muscat Ottonel, Riesling, and Helios. The seedlings are purchased from the Ukrainian nursery – Vinograd-Odessa LLC. In the near future, the winery plans to expand the vineyard with white varieties: “Our region is ideal for them”, – the winemakers emphasize.

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Additionally, the winery purchases in Odessa Region such red varieties as Merlot, Cabernet, and Odessa Black. For several years, the winery has been cooperating with the same vineyards, with which it entered into the vineyards lease agreement and agreed processing and harvesting terms (condition, ph and sugar values). Hand-harvesting only! Raw materials from Odessa Region are transported within 10 hours via temperature-controlled vehicles.

Father`s wine VB range includes more than fifteen wines, most of which are produced in small volumes.

Father`s wine VB received a license for microwineries in September 2019, and commenced sales in 2020. “Internet sales of our wines began during the quarantine period, and the experience was successful. It all started with purchases by our friends, hashtags in social media, and sales through partner websites. We sent products all over Ukraine! We held raffles for individual bottles of wine and sets, participated in raffles together with other brands, and collaborated with bloggers. All of these tools are efficient and yield great results. Online sales are efficient for wines. We are currently working on launching our own website”, – they say at the winery.

In 2019, Father`s wine VB produced rosé Pét-Nat for the first time; this experiment was a success and in the new season, it is planned to produce rosé again, as well as a trendy white sparkling drink. In addition, the winemakers also intend to produce traditional sparkling wine pursuant to Charmat-Martinotti method. The winery is waiting for its aged wine – that was the first experience with oak barrels. In the near future, it plans to expand the range of orange wines, new white blend, and start producing natural wines shortly.

wine in bottle

But the family winery is also elaborating some additional plans! Already this year, “Daddy’s wines” is to lay out a new vineyard and buy professional equipment: a closed press, a crusher, fermenters, and tanks.

Perhaps, not everyone has felt the fullness of organoleptic properties of wines by Father`s wine VB, but many may be already familiar with the label. Bright geometry, color kaleidoscope, allusion to ethnic costume, and generations’ code … All this hypnotizes and does not enable one to avert eyes.

bottles

The R Agency’s super-team helped to create the logo and identity: they are based on the geometric symbolism that our ancestors used. They combine the history of succession of generations, connection with the elements, family traditions and simplicity. This can be traced in the new logo, on the labels, and in the names of the wines. On the back of the bottle, there is a special heraldic field, and the set includes a series of stickers enabling one to create their own family coat of arms and give the bottle to the beloved ones.

bottles on the ground

The winery conducts tastings in restaurants, so potential partners can learn about “Daddy’s wines”; accepts small groups of visitors at its production facilities. “Ordinary wine lovers; those who are interested in everything originating from Ukraine; tourists who have visited our country; buyers whom we meet at various festivals and, certainly, our friends, come to visit us. We are receiving a lot of guests, especially during this period of closed borders”.  In the near future, the winery is to equip a tasting area and will be ready to open the doors for a full-scale wine tourism.

Father`s wine VB has gained its own experience in wine tourism: producers of “bright geometry” visited Hungary (Tokaj) and Croatia, where they had the opportunity to exchange experience with the owners of microwineries whose vineyards range from 4 to 6 hectares. We also visited major production facilities: wine factories in Bordeaux and Moldova. This year, we set a goal to visit Ukrainian wineries: “All the more so because we are on friendly terms with many [wineries] 🙂”.

wine tasting

Followers of Vladimir Buyachek say that with each new season, they strive to improve, introduce innovative technologies, and experiment, because the best way to master theoretical knowledge is experience, although it is a long way … They often resort to consultations with oenologists + exchange experience with colleagues. The winemakers gained their wine education in Ukraine, and now they are thinking about studying abroad.


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The winery currently sells:

  • “Rosé Square” (Jupiter, 2019), still semi-dry, aged without oak. The aroma has red berries and white fruits, a slight hint of rose and citrus.
  • “White Circle” (Riesling, 2019), still dry, aged without oak. Fresh and acidic, with tropical fruits, lime and grapefruit notes in its aroma.
  • “Red Triangle” (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Odessa Black 2017), still dry, aged without oak. The aroma has red berries and dried herbs.
  • “Red Rhombus” (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2018), still dry.

Winery Father`s wine VB was founded by Vladimir Buyachek in 2010 and the hobby grew into a passion and business: albeit small, but successful.