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Crimean Champagne

The famous Russian sparkling wine "Schampanskoje Krimskoje" was first produced on the Crimean peninsula as early as 1799 in what were then only small quantities for the Russian tsar's court. This was done in large quantities and in appropriate quality by Count Leo Sergejewitsch Golizyn (died 1916), who founded his still existing winery Nowyj Swet in Sudak in 1878 and won a Grand Prix trophy with his product at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900. This winery is still one of the most important producers of Crimean sparkling wine today. Before Golizyn, Count Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov (1782-1856) had already experimented with sparkling wine production. Crimean sparkling wine is available in white mainly from Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, and red from Cabernet Sauvignon, Matrasa, Merlot, Fetească Neagră and Saperavi.

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