In June of 2011, Solvalub, parent company of Abrau-Durso, purchased 60 hectares of vineyards in the region Krasnodar, which is located in southern Russia. The vineyards that have cultivations of 28 different vine types will be the basis for the production of still wines.
"Thanks to the popularity and increasing sales of Abrau-Durso in Russia we were motivated to start a production of still wines", explains Pavel Titow. "We are planning a selection of vine types including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Hopefully we will be able to make our first vintage in 2012."
The business has consulted the French oenologist Hervé Jestin. He will be working together with the vintners to develop the first commercial 2012 vintage. The wines will first be sold in Russia only, then -depending on their success- may be introduced to the European and Asian markets as well.
"We will start with small amounts for the Russian market, but we are certain that we can increase production to 500.000 bottles a year", says Pavel Titow.
The champagne cellar of Abrau-Durso* is located in the identically named village along the Abrau lake, adjacent to the coast of the Black sea. Its vineyards are 560 hectares big and include cultivations of Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. There used to be a majority of Riesling, Portugieser, Aligote, Saperavi and Muskat in the past. Abrau-Durso also purchases grapes from its neighboring Russian wineries in order to produce bubbly wines by the classic Champenoise method and the rest by using the Charmat method. (red.yoopress)
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