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About us

Abrau-Durso Group produces sparkling wines made by using the classic method and the Charmat method, still wines as well as cider, spirits, alcohol-free sparkling drinks and artesian water.

Abrau-Durso Group presents collections of the wineries Abrau Durso, Vedernikov Winery, Loza and is an official and exclusive distributor of Mionetto Prosecco, Henkell and Torley. In 2019, the Group’s sold 43.3 million bottles in total. Every year, wines from Abrau-Durso collections receive high awards at prestigious international tasting competitions such as International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and Mundus Vini.

Wine Creation

The Terroir

The magic of wine consists in its ability to preserve the memory of its place of birth. The terroir is the magic that surrounds a growing vine. The word «terroir» comes from the French word «terre», which means «land». However, it has a much broader sense. This comprehensive term is used by wine makers to describe a unique combination of soils, weather conditions and ecosystem of an area, including its local charm. Each of these factors has a particular effect on the taste and aroma of wine. The terroir of Abrau-Durso includes a unique soft climate, an authentic composition of soils and a special compass rose of Caucasus foothills.

Wind Pattern

It is the wind that carries to the vineyards the aromas of the local nature, which are reflected in the local wine style. The winds of Abrau-Durso valley situated in the foothills of Navagir Mountains create a mixture from many aromas: from dry herbs and steppe flowers to salty sea and fresh lake aromas.

Soil and Stones

Millions of years ago, the place of Abrau-Durso vineyards was taken by the ocean floor. Today, sea minerals give power to the vines. Limestone dominates in the soils of Abrau-Durso, which makes this place similar to the world’s best winemaking areas, such as Chablis, Champagne or Franciacorta. The presence of large stones also makes a difference: they heat during the day and then release the heat into the soil, thus creating favourable conditions for the grapes to grow and ripen. This soil is the vines’ home.

Sea and Sun

320 sunny days per year, the proximity of the Black Sea and green forests of the North Caucasus National Park create the perfect conditions for Abrau-Durso’s vineyards. Located amphitheatrically in between green hills, they get most of the sun. The proximity of the sea is especially important at night when the vines need some chilling for the grapes to ripen in the right way. All these things let the winemakers produce the best grapes every year.

The Terroir

The magic of wine consists in its ability to preserve the memory of its place of birth. The terroir is the magic that surrounds a growing vine. The word «terroir» comes from the French word «terre», which means «land». However, it has a much broader sense. This comprehensive term is used by wine makers to describe a unique combination of soils, weather conditions and ecosystem of an area, including its local charm. Each of these factors has a particular effect on the taste and aroma of wine. The terroir of Abrau-Durso includes a unique soft climate, an authentic composition of soils and a special wind pattern of Caucasus foothills.

Wind Pattern

It is the wind that carries to the vineyards the aromas of the local nature, which are then reflected in the local wine style. The winds of Abrau-Durso valley situated in the foothills of Navagir Mountains create a mixture from many aromas: from dry herbs and steppe flowers to salty sea and fresh lake aromas.

Soil and Stones

Millions of years ago, the place of Abrau-Durso vineyards was taken by the ocean floor. Today, sea minerals give power to the vines. Limestone dominates in the soils of Abrau-Durso, which makes this place similar to the world’s best winemaking areas, such as Chablis, Champagne or Franciacorta. The presence of large stones also makes a difference: they heat during the day and then release the heat into the soil, thus creating favourable conditions for the grapes to grow and ripen. This soil is the vines’ home.

Sea and Sun

320 sunny days per year, the proximity of the Black Sea and green forests of the North Caucasus National Park create the perfect conditions for Abrau-Durso’s vineyards. Located amphitheatrically in between green hills, they get most of the sun. The proximity of the sea is especially important at night when the vines need some chilling for the grapes to ripen in the right way. All these things let the winemakers produce the best grapes every year.

The Family

The history of Abrau-Durso is written by people who are in   love with the winehouse. Enchanted by the magic of this place, they devoted their lives to it. Champagne makers, wine makers and oenologists are wizards of wine, who create the best samples for Abrau-Durso’s collection. Every day, they create wines just like artists create their paintings. Please welcome the Abrau-Durso family!

Our Factory

Abrau-Durso estate was founded in 1870 by Emperor Alexander II. The first agriculturist of the estate was Fedor Geyduk, who proposed to create vineyards at Lake Abrau, planting popular international grape varieties. From 1877 to 1898, the estate only produced still wines. The first batch of sparkling wines aged in rock tunnels of Abrau-Durso was issued in 1896. Today, Abrau-Durso sparkling wines are produced using two methods, the classic method and the Charmat method. French and Russian oenologists create sparkling wines for the collections Imperial, Brut D’or, Victor Dravigny and «Property Department», all aged in the famous Abrau-Durso rock tunnels. The collection «Russian Champagne» is produced by using the accelerated Charmat method.

2019 Awards

International Wine Challenge

Imperial Rose brut rosé 2013
Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs brut white 2014
Imperial Vintage brut white 2015
Victor Dravigny brut white 2016
Victor Dravigny brut rosé 2016
Protected Designation of Origin Riesling Abrau-Durso dry white 2017
Protected Designation of Origin Chardonnay Abrau-Durso dry white 2017
Protected Designation of Origin Cabernet Sauvignon Abrau-Durso dry red 2017

Mundus Vini

Protected Designation of Origin Chardonnay Abrau-Durso dry white 2018
Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs brut white 2016
Victor Dravigny brut white 2017
Victor Dravigny semisweet red 2017

IWSC

Protected Designation of Origin Cabernet Sauvignon Abrau-Durso dry red 2018
Protected Designation of Origin Cabernet Sauvignon Abrau-Durso dry red 2017
Protected Designation of Origin Chardonnay Abrau-Durso dry white 2017
Protected Designation of Origin Pinot Noir Abrau-Durso dry red 2018
Imperial Rose brut rosé 2014
Abrau-Durso Blanc de Blancs brut white 2016
Victor Dravigny extra-brut white 2016

Decanter World Wine Awards

Imperial Rose brut rosé 2013

The wines of Abrau-Durso Russian Winehouse received their first awards and high scopes from experts in 1882. Abrau-Durso has taken part in many Russian exhibitions and competitions, where the winery was awarded both for the quality of wines and for its role in the development of the winemaking in Russia. «The famous Abrau-Durso sparkling wine, the only wine served on the royal court, is now known everywhere in Russia; now it is also imported overseas, even to the United States of America», said Alexey Ermolov, chairman of the jury at the Russian Riviere Exhibition in 1913.

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During the Soviet times, Abrau-Durso wines became a national pride, regularly winning competitions in the Soviet Union and beyond.

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Today, Abrau-Durso Russian Winehouse has made the grade, competing with the best wine producers from all over the world at prestigious international competitions. Every year, wines from Abrau-Durso’s collections receive awards at the leading tasting competitions, such as Decanter, Mundus Vini, IWSC, IWC etc.

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