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Sample Fine Wine at Ukraine's Massandra Winery

25. August 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

While checking out the sites of Yalta with a beautiful Ukrainian woman, be sure to stop by the famed Massandra Winery. Though you may not be able to understand the tour guides, international travelers agree that the wine sampling alone is worth a trip to the oldest winery in Ukraine.

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. Perhaps you could be the next to experience the delights of this esteemed wine producer.