Did you know that 76 years before the “Judgment of Paris” at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair, a sparkling wine from Crimea defeated all French entries to claim the coveted “Grand Prix de Champagne?” No this is not a typo, Sparkling Wine from the Ukraine took home the creme de la creme of all awards for Champagne.
This champion wine house was Novy Svet, made by Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn, a highly educated member of a Russian Royal Family, at his wine estate in Crimea. At that time, the Crimean peninsula was the largest wine producing region in the USSR. Prince Golitsyn dug a series of wine cellars into the Koba-Kaya Mountain (Cave Mountain), and established his winery in 1878 on the southern coast. Golitsyn experimented with Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Aligote, and Pinot Meunier vineyards for over 10 years before perfecting what the industry now calls Methode Traditionelle allowing the wines to rest in the bottle for three years in the cellars at a constant, underground cool temperature.
By the late 1890’s, the Prince was making over 60,000 bottles of sparkling wine, one of which won the Grand Prix in Paris. The Novy Svet winery didn’t survive Prince Golitsyn’s death in 1915 and the Russian Revolution, however today the restored winery, and underground tunnels are government owned. Under the leadership of Ms. Yanaina Petrovna Pevlenko, the winery continues to produce a wide range of unique sparkling wines.
To learn more about The Novy Svet Winery in Crimea visit http://nsvet.com.ua/en