The history of Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House
Brut d’Or Blanc de Blanc.
The first and so far the only Abrau-Durso premium Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine created exclusively from selected Chardonnay white grapes. This sparkling wine, designed for true connoisseurs, is referred to as “white gold of winemaking”.
In April 2016 Mr. Georges Blanc, who has vast experience in managing the production of sparkling wines by the world's leading wineries, becomes Chief Oenologist at Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House. Under Mr. Blanc’s management, new vineyards were created, and effort was made to enhance intensity and quality of care works.
Children’s Sailing School was opened on the shore of Lake Abrau. Abrau Sailing Club holds classes both for amateurs and professional yachtsmen. Abrau Lake waters make it possible to practice almost all year round
Interactive exhibition Kuflex#1 was opened at Media Art Abrau, a centre of modern art. Visitors will discover the world of 3D and interactive installations, explore the new reality in the quantum room, and get acquainted with the inhabitants of the underwater world.
The hall of winemaking history “Praise to wine from the time immemorial” with exhibits dedicated to the history of winemaking in the Black Sea region was opened at Abrau-Durso historical complex. The story of winemaking from the times of the Pharaohs and Ancient Greece is told with the aid of interactive exhibits.
Prince Lev Golitsyn (1845–1915), the founder of Russian winemaking in the Crimea, and of industrial production of high-quality sparkling wines in Russia.
Over the last few years, Abrau-Durso wines have won more than 50 medals at prestigious international competitions. The awards won by Abrau-Durso include gold, silver, and bronze medals at such competitions as Decanter, Mundus Vini, IWSC, and others. Abrau-Durso sparkling wines continue to actively participate in the world’s leading tasting competitions, and their quality has been highly appraised by experts.
Opening of the Walk of Fame of Winegrowers and Winemakers in Abrau-Durso.
V All-Russia Summit of Winemakers 2017 started from the opening of the Walk of Fame of Russian Winegrowers and Winemakers in Alexander II square in Abrau-Durso. In accordance with the design by the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia, memorial signs of prominent Russian winemakers will be placed in the central square of Abrau-Durso. Today the Walk of Fame comprises the first 7 signs of those who stood at the origins of Russian winemaking: Lev Golitsyn, Anton Frolov-Bagreev, Victor Dravigny, Artemiy Merzhanyan, Zbignev Kishkovsky, Nikolay Mekhuzla, and Eduard Vedel. Three of these winemakers worked at Abrau-Durso.
160,000 people visited Abrau-Durso winery in the Krasnodar Krai during one season. It is the most visited winery in Europe. Abrau-Durso actively promotes tourism in Abrau-Durso, with 2 hotels, several restaurants, and a unique ChampagneSpa already open for visitors.
Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House became an official supplier of Sochi 2014 Games.
The launch of sparkling wine drink Abrau Light with delicate fruity and flowery tones
To mark the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty, we recreated the design of champagne bottles dating back to the czarist era, which was served at the gala dinner held on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty ascent to power in 1913 at the Winter Palace. This is how the Imperial Domain line appeared.
Revival of Abrau still wine production.
In 1870 the history of Abrau Durso started from the so-called “still” wines, which were highly appraised by experts and won the highest awards at international competitions. In the Soviet times, Cabernet No. 44 (Cabernet Abrau) and Riesling No. 63 (Riesling Abrau) were considered the pride of Soviet winemaking. Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House decided to revive the tradition of still wines made from the best grapes of the Krasnodar Krai. At the moment, Abrau Wine collection comprises 5 varieties: Riesling, Cabernet, Shardonnay, Light Blend, and Dark Bland
“My grandfather would have been delighted if he learned that his undertaking has such a continuation. As for me, I have seen the cellars equipped in a way many French winemakers would envy. I sincerely admire such excellent implementation of the project, which gives the whole region a chance to reach a high quality of life. Congratulations!”
In 2010, as a result of a long search, the descendants of Victor Dravigny were found, and amazing historic facts relating to the role of this talented winemaker in the creation of Russian champagne were discovered.
On May 14, 2012 grand- and great-grandchildren of Victor Dravigny came to Abrau at the invitation of the Russian Wine House and Mr. Titov’s personal invitation.
2012 saw the opening of Gastronomic School in Abrau-Durso.
Staring from April 2012, the company’s shares have been listed at the Moscow Exchange.
Launch of Victor Dravigny line. In 1905, a famous French champagne maker came to Russia to create sparkling wine worthy of the Russian emperor. In 2011 Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House produced a line of sparkling wines created using the classic technique, matured in mountain tunnels for three years, and called in in honour of a French champagne maker Victor Dravigny.
In 2010 Abrau-Durso acquired champagne house Chateau d`Avize in the very heart of Champagne region in France from Moët&Chandon. Today it supplies Foliage Extra Brut organic champagne to Russia.
The first All-Russia Summit of Winemakers was held in Abrau-Durso, which gathered together all Russia’s major winemaking companies. Since then, the summit is held on an annual basis, and is considered to the main professional convention of the industry.
For the first time, sparkling wines made in modern Russia, Abrau-Durso Premium Brut Red Semi-Sweet (2007) and Abrau-Durso Imperial Cuvee l’Art Nouveau Brut (2008), won medals at the world’s leading wine contest International Wine & Spirit Competition – 2010 (IWSC) held in London.
Start of the Revival
In 2006, the change of management and form of ownership occurred at the winery. The business was acquired by SVL Group headed by Boris Titov. Boris Titov was willing to preserve and further promote the traditions of making Russian champagne Abrau-Durso.
New wine brands were introduced; names and labels multiplied and flashed like in a kaleidoscope. Meanwhile, wine brands, which had been familiar to the consumers for a long time, disappeared as quickly and suddenly. The hurricane, which ravaged in the vicinity of Novorossiysk on August 8, 2002, did a lot of damage to the winery: the flood caused by it washed off the vines from the excellent plots in the Durso river valley. Everything was set to devoid champagne of the status it had as a special, royal, unsurpassed wine.
It took some time before the clearing of vineyards in Abrau Durso started. Moreover, scheduled replacement of old vines and creation of new vineyards continued for a certain period of time after this decree was adopted. Just like in the previous years, the winery won prestigious prizes for its best wines.
However, the reduction of vineyards started, and this process gained such momentum that about half of all vineyards were lost by the beginning of the 21st century.
The “troubled times” of the USSR demise made winemakers anxious not only about their fate, but rather about the fate of the wine they had been creating and nurturing for many years. Controversial and sometimes destructive decisions were taken.
In mid-1980s, the period of intensive and smooth development at Abrau-Durso for the third time in history was followed by a deep crisis, perhaps, the most disastrous of all, due to reasons beyond the company’s control. It all started with the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers Decree “On Measures Aimed at Overcoming Hard Drinking and Alcoholism”