Russian Sparkling Wine

Russian Sparkling Wine brands

Russia’s first documented sparkling wine production in 1799 was under the authority of Emperor Pavel I at his palace at Sudak on the Crimean peninsula.

By the end of the 19th century, the Russian aristocracy had become the largest foreign market for French Champagne.

However, it was Prince Golitsyn, the patriarch of modern Russian winemaking, who developed a real tradition of Russian sparkling winemaking.

The grapes he selected for sparkling wines were Pinot Franc, Pinot Gris, Aligote, and Chardonnay.

Golitsyn began the first experimentation with the production of sparkling wines using the méthode champenoise (classic) at Novy Svet in 1892.

Perhaps the most famous house is Abrau-Durso, dating back to 1870 Abrau-Durso produces a wide and outstanding range of sparkling wines.

Using different methods including méthode champenoise, Abrau-Durso is standing shoulder to shoulder with the top leaders of sparkling wines around the world.