On November 11-12, Kyiv will host first all-Ukrainian festival dedicated to Day of Ukrainian Winemaker
On the occasion of the annual celebration of the Ukrainian Winemaker's Day and in order to support and popularize domestic wine producers, the capital will host the first Winemaker's Day festival, which will feature products from all over Ukraine. The event will showcase both the ancient traditions and the modern approach of Ukrainian winemaking.
"In recent years, Ukrainian wine production has begun to revive largely thanks to small wineries and wine tourism. But the war has slowed this process to a large extent. One of the ways to stimulate the country's economy to recover is to hold events that will help popularize domestic producers among consumers," says Volodymyr Pechko, CEO of UKRSADVINPROM.
"Most major wine-producing countries support their producers and stimulate sales both in the domestic market and for export. Ukraine will not be able to develop as a wine country without systematic state support for domestic producers. That is why I am grateful to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy for its support in organizing the festival," said Maksym Urakin, founder of the Kyiv-based think tank Experts Club.
According to him, Ukraine can produce much more wine than it does today, but competition from imported products is high. According to the Experts Club, imported wine occupies a significant share of the Ukrainian market, accounting for about 70% of total sales in the country, while the share of Ukrainian wine is about 30%.
"Holding thematic festivals dedicated to winemaking could open up unique varieties of Ukrainian wine to consumers, which are in no way inferior to French or Italian wines," Urakin emphasized.
In her turn, Natalia Blagopoluchna, Head of the All-Ukrainian Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers, emphasized the unique organoleptic characteristics and taste of Ukrainian craft wines.
"The diversity of our wines is the result of unique local climatic conditions and the peculiarities of the grape varieties we use. They strike with their originality, arouse admiration and stimulate bold experiments," she said.
The festival will be held on November 11-12 at the address: Kyiv, Dniprovska embankment, 12, RIVER MALL, food court area on the 3rd floor.
The festival program includes a presentation of Ukrainian craft wines, charity auctions, master classes from winemakers, tasting sessions, cooking shows, music performances and much more.
The festival is organized by the UKRSADVINPROM public union, the Club of Experts think tank, and the Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers.
The following Ukrainian wineries will take part in the festival:
- Zelenytsy winery "Zelenytsy Family Winery";
- Gigineishvili Wine House;
- Slyvyno Winery, a private enterprise;
- Dnipro hills (Stoic Ukrainian winery);
- Tiras Vaineri LLC;
- 46 Parallel;
- Uman Winery of Igor Maksymenko;
- Father's wine VB;
- Falko Winery;
- Villa Tinta;
- Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine;
- Kulinichenko winery;
- Wines of the Silver Land; and
- National Research Center "Tairov Institute of Viticulture and Winemaking" of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine.
The event is supported by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.