The tradition-rich institute (also known as Magaratsch) was founded by Count Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov (1782-1856) as early as 1828 on the Crimean peninsula near Yalta in Ukraine. At that time, they specialised in imitating classical wine styles. It developed into the most important viticultural institute in the former USSR. The focus is on new varieties and new vinification techniques such as continuous fermentation, for which numerous patents have been registered. Around 20,000 wines from vintages as far back as 1850 are stored in the institute's cellars.
Around 3,000 grape varieties are cultivated in the experimental vineyards, which cover more than 2,000 hectares. This makes this facility, along with the Domaine de Vassal near Montpellier, one of the largest vine herbaria in the world. A new generation of grape varieties with resistance to pests and diseases was developed here. In this context, the new varieties Antey Magarachsky, Avrora Magaracha, Bastardo Magarachsky, Citronny Magaracha, Magaracha Rannii, Nimrang Magaracha, Pervenets Magaracha, Podarok Magaracha, Riesling Magaracha, Rkatsiteli Magaracha and Rubinovy Magaracha were created.