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Ukraine’s Famous Massandra Winery

22. August 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Visiting a special Ukrainian woman in Yalta this summer? Be sure to stop by the Massandra Winery, the oldest wine producer in Ukraine. Even if you don’t speak Russian or know someone who does, international travelers insist the wine tasting alone is worth a trip.

The Massandra Winery was originally built in the late 19th century to supply wine to the Tsar and his court. However the winery has continued to produce top-quality wines throughout the years including Tokays, Pinot Gris, and Muscats. “Prince Golitzin Seventh Heaven,” a wine named in honor of a local wine-making pioneer, is also a big favorite.


Ukrainians feared for the fate of the Massandra Winery when Stalin’s troops invaded the nation in 1920, but the Soviet ruler was so taken by the facility’s wines that he decided to preserve the historic winery and relocate all of the Tsar’s  wine to Massandra. Many of the Tsar’s wines can still be seen in the winery today, complete with their original seal. Some of the wines in the Massandara Collection date back to 1775!


Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain stopped by the Massandra Winery in a recent episode of his hit show No Reservations. Check out photos of the historic Massandra below and start making plans to take your special lady to Ukraine's internationally-acclaimed winery.

 

Photos of Massandra Winery, Yalta

Photos of Massandra Winery, Yalta

 

Source: Ukraine.com, Photos: The Travel Channel, TripAdvisor.com