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Festival “Winemaker’s Day of Ukraine” was held in Kiev

This weekend, the first festival dedicated to the Ukrainian Winemaker’s Day was held at the River Mall in Kyiv. This event became a vivid symbol of the revival and popularization of Ukrainian winemaking. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy wine products from all over the country, as well as learn about traditional and modern winemaking methods.

Maksim Urakin, founder of Experts Club, a Kyiv-based think tank, noted that the production and sale of wine products in Ukraine today is complicated primarily by significant competition from foreign wines.

“Experts Club’s information and analytical project systematically supports all producers in the country, and winemakers are no exception. According to Experts Club, imported wine already accounts for more than 70% of total sales on the Ukrainian market, while the share of Ukrainian wine is below 30%. Holding thematic festivals dedicated to winemaking could open up unique varieties of Ukrainian wine to consumers, which are in no way inferior to French or Italian wines. That is why we all need to show consumer patriotism and buy Ukrainian wine,” added Maksim Urakin.

According to Volodymyr Pechko, CEO of UKRSADVINPROM, recent years have been difficult for Ukrainian winemaking, primarily due to the war. However, thanks to the efforts of craft producers, the industry continues to develop.

“I am confident that our festival will become an annual event, as we must support Ukrainian producers and promote Ukrainian quality both in Ukraine and internationally. I sincerely congratulate all winemakers on their professional holiday and thank them for the incredible work they continue to do. I also express my gratitude to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for its assistance in organizing this year’s event,” he said.

Natalia Blagopoluchna, Head of the Ukrainian Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers, emphasized the uniqueness of Ukrainian craft wines.
“The diversity of our wines is the result of unique local climatic conditions and the peculiarities of the grape varieties we use. They are striking in their originality and are admirable,” said Natalia Blagopoluchna.

The festival took place on November 11-12 on the Dnipro embankment at the RIVER MALL shopping center. The organizers of the festival, the Public Union “Association of Gardeners, Winegrowers and Winemakers of Ukraine” (UKRSADVINPROM), the All-Ukrainian Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers, and the analytical center “Club of Experts”, presented the best winemakers of Ukraine with certificates from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.

One of the highlights of the festival was a charity auction that not only raised funds to support an important cause but also demonstrated the social responsibility of the organizers and participants. The auction was hosted by TV presenter and Help for Ukraine ambassador Yevhen Koshovoy. The unique Ukrainian-made wine lots on display were the subject of competition among collectors and wine lovers. All the proceeds from the auction were donated to the Reconstruction and Development Fund of Ukraine. These funds will be used to finance the purchase of a mobile hospital to rescue the wounded. In total, the auction raised about UAH 100,000.

“I am pleased that today I had the opportunity to present these unique wines to true connoisseurs of winemaking. Also, each of those who received a collector’s bottle today can be sure that the money spent will go to a really necessary and good cause – rescuing the wounded and war-affected,” said Koshovoy.

The festival ended with an award ceremony where the winners of the Best Winery of the Festival competition were announced. It was a moment of pride for the winemakers, who were recognized for their efforts and skills. Voting for the best wine took place both with the help of a QR code and by filling out ballots. Each guest had the opportunity to express their opinion.

Three wineries became the winners based on the choice of festival visitors: Zelenytsy winery, Gigineishvili Wine House and the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine. All of them received the same number of votes.

– Overall, the festival will feature the following Ukrainian wine brands:
– Zelenytsy winery;
– Gigineishvili Wine House;
– Dnipro hills (Stoic Ukrainian winery);
– Tiras Vaineri LLC (My Wine, Eduard Gorodetsky);
– 46 Parallel;
– Uman Winery of Igor Maksymenko;
– Father’s wine VB;
– Villa Tinta;
– Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine;
– Kulinichenko winery;
– Wines of the Silver Land;
– National Research Center “Institute of Viticulture and Winemaking named after

Gastronomic wine pairings were provided by such producers as Tsar Khlib, TM Zinka, TM Karapyshivski sausages, and others.

Festival partner

Thus, the Winemaker’s Day festival in Kyiv has not only become a significant event in the cultural calendar of the capital, but also made a significant contribution to the development of Ukrainian winemaking. It brought together winemakers, sommeliers, and wine lovers, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience, and drew attention to the Ukrainian wine industry. The organizers of the festival announced plans to hold similar events in the future, giving a new impetus to the development of this sector in our country.

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Return to International Organization of Wine will accelerate recognition and promotion of Ukrainian wine in the world – Ukrsadvinprom

Director General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine Industry (IOVI) Pau Roca thanked representatives of the Ukrainian wine industry for the work done to restore Ukraine’s membership in this international structure.

“In this difficult time that Ukraine is going through and in this difficult situation, we focus on the promotion of Ukrainian winemaking in the world. The fact that Ukraine joined our interstate organization is a very important step at this very period. This step will bring results in the near future”, – stressed the Head of IGOV at a press conference in the news agency Interfax Ukraine.

In turn, the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Markiyan Dmytrosevych also noted the importance of Ukraine’s membership in IGOV, as this organization currently unites 85% of the world’s specialists in the field of viticulture and winemaking, as well as represents the interests of 80% of consumers.

“The International Organization of Winegrowing and Winemaking is primarily a platform for the exchange of experiences in the promotion of wine products. Membership in IGOV and work in its committees will give Ukraine the opportunity to be aware of all the changes and directions of development of the industry, which, in turn, is important in the context of European integration of our country, “- said Dmitrasevich.

Speaking about the consequences of war for the sector, the Deputy Minister said that, according to the estimates of the World Bank and experts of the Institute of International Economics, the cost of destroyed, stolen, damaged property in the agricultural sector is $8 billion. With the rest of the indirect losses – lost profits, unfulfilled contracts – the total damage from military action reaches 40 billion UAH.

“If perennial plantations are destroyed, it will take years to recover. After the human losses such losses are the most painful for us and for the industry”, – he stressed.

In addition, M. Dmitrasevich recalled the possibility of attracting state grant program for the establishment of new vineyards.

The head of the public association “Ukrsadvinprom” Volodymyr Pechko noted that in 2021 in Ukraine officially there were about 266 industrial producers of grapes and wine, 125 winegrowing enterprises, 29 small producers of grapes and wine products.

“About the figures, to process each hectare involved 33 employees on a permanent basis, each enterprise employed an average of 250 people. Thus, the employment rate in viticulture and horticulture in Ukraine is one of the highest compared to other industries,” stressed the industry representative.

Pechko also thanked the Ministry of Agrarian Policy for implementing an industry support program and providing grants to winemakers in both 2021 and 2022.

“The state’s support of planting vineyards even in this difficult time will allow not only to preserve the industry in the future, but also to expand vineyard planting areas,” he said.

According to the moderator of the press conference and the deputy head of the public association “Ukrsadvinprom” Maxim Urakin, in the current realities it is extremely important to extend the status of winemaking to all regions of Ukraine.

“Granting the status of winemaking regions to all regions of Ukraine without exception is especially relevant in connection with the displacement of viticulture in the central and western regions of the country, where dozens of winemakers are already working effectively; the status of winemaking region will allow winemakers to claim assistance, technology, benefits,” – said Urakin.

According to the deputy head of “Ukrsadvinprom” on international relations Natalia Burlachenko, the main purpose of the renewal of membership in the IOVV is the popularization of the Ukrainian product.

“First of all, we want to show what heights and quality Ukraine has achieved, despite the realities in which we live. This is an important platform to sound to the world. It is an opportunity not only virtually but also offline to communicate with foreign colleagues and show that Ukrainian wine exists, exists and will become more competitive in the future,” she said.

Ricardo Nuñez, owner of the Vinos de La Luz wine company and investor in Ukrainian winemaking, stressed that Ukraine needs a state program for the development of winemaking to bring the industry to a new level of development after the war.

“In February 2022 the dynamic development of the wine industry in Ukraine came to a halt. Many Ukrainians, including those involved in winemaking, left their homes. But they will return with the knowledge and experience gained outside the country. They must be prepared for new opportunities”, the winemaker said.

Ricardo Nunez presented the novelty of the season – a red dry wine Big Wines Big Art, which was produced from the grapes of Odessa black vintage 2020 grown in the Rhenia district of the Odessa region. The first batch of 1,000 bottles was produced at the facility in the Kyiv region. A well-known artist Ivan Marchuk was involved in the work on the new Ukrainian wine, who provided his painting “Awakening” symbolizing the revival of Ukrainian winemaking after the war, said Ricardo Nuñez.

Speaking about the future recovery of the industry the winemaker reminded that development always begins with the emergence of many small producers who become the basis for the creation of large enterprises.

“I am the first investor in the winegrowing and winemaking industry in Ukraine during the war. I am working on wine production right now. My task is to teach Ukrainians to drink their own wine. Then the country will have a great and great industry,” he said.

Representatives of Ukrsadvinprom handed over the flag of the International Organization of Vine and Wine Making to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine.

The International Organization of Vine and Wine (IOVV) is the successor of the International Bureau of Vine and Wine, which existed from 1924 to 2001 and today unites 49 countries. It is this organization that develops the standards of world winemaking. IOVW consists of four committees – viticulture, enology, economics and law, safety and health. Ukraine will be represented in the international organization by a delegation, which consists of representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, the Institute of Viticulture and Winemaking named after Tarov. Ukraine will be represented by a delegation consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and the Winemaking Institute named after Tairov, members of “Ukrsadvynprom”.

The Vinos de La Luz Group has wineries in Old and New World wine-growing regions, in particular, in Spain, Italy, Argentina and the USA, where it produces wines under the Vinos de La Luz brand.

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Ukrsadvinprom association promotes Ukrainian wine on foreign markets

Last year thanks to the efforts of the association Ukrsadvindindprom and some Ukrainian wine producers, Ukraine after a 14-year break regained its membership in the International Organization of Vine and Wine (IOVW, International Organization of Vine and Wine).
On the 9-10th of March 2023 in France the General Assembly of IOVW took place, in which the representative from Ukraine, the head of the Public Association “The Association of Gardens, Winegrowers and Wine-makers of Ukraine” Volodymyr Pechko took part.
International Organization of Winegrowing and Winemaking is an intergovernmental organization, established according to the Treaty of April 3rd, 2001. IOVW is successor of the Intergovernmental Organisation – International Bureau of Vine and Wine (BIVW), set up according to an agreement of eight countries (France, Spain, Tunisia, Portugal, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece and Italy) in Paris on November 29, 1924.
The organization provides recommendations to the wine-growing and wine-making industries, which are adopted by the European Community, thus emphasizing the influence of the IOWAV on the regulation and trade processes (EU countries produce about 70% of the world’s wine).
The organization’s main objectives are:
– The health benefits and quality of wine;
– protection of interests of the wine industry and creation of favorable market conditions;
– harmonization of standards and compliance of analysis methods;
– protection of geographical indications;
– guarantee of purity and origin of products;
– combating fraud and unfair competition.
Currently, Ukrainian scientists, including representatives of the scientific center “Tairov Institute of Viticulture and Winemaking” actively work in the committees of the IOVV NAAS of Ukraine.
According to IOVW, there are 47 countries in the world today that produce wine on an industrial scale. However, not all of these countries have individual states or regions that are specifically designated as wine producing. The top five largest wine-producing states include Italy, France, Spain, the United States and Argentina. These five countries account for more than half of the world’s wine production. It is worth noting that the ranking can change from year to year depending on factors such as weather conditions, yields and demand.
“According to historical data, until 1991, Ukraine was one of the largest wine-producing regions of Europe. At the same time, Ukrainian winemaking was integrated into the Soviet wine industry along with Georgia and Moldova. In the late 1980s, wine production in Ukraine peaked at about 120 million decaliters per year, which was about one-third of total wine production in the Soviet Union. By comparison, production in 2020 was about 35 million decaliters,” explained Volodymyr Pechko, head of the Ukrsadvinprom association.
He also reminded that in the first years of independence, huge wineries became uncompetitive and lost the market, which led to a crisis of the entire industry.
“In recent years, winemaking began to revive largely due to small wineries and wine tourism in our country. But everyone is now hamstrung by war, so the way out for all of us is to find new markets for our products,” Pechko stressed.
As of February 1, 2022, the total area of vine plantations in Ukraine by all categories of farms amounted to 34.0 thousand hectares, gross harvest of grapes – 257.5 thousand tons. However, after the outbreak of hostilities, almost a quarter of the area under vineyards are temporarily occupied or are in the war zone.
In turn, the deputy head of the association “Ukrsadvinprom” Maksim Urakin noted that Ukraine can produce and export a much larger volume of wine than today.
“In January 2023, Ukraine produced 422 thousand decaliters of wine, with about 328 thousand decaliters sold on the domestic market during the same period. And taking into account the fact that during winter months the production level is lower due to seasonal factor, the export potential of Ukrainian winemaking remains significant”, – said Urakin.
According to the expert, finding partners and entering new markets is not an easy thing to do as there is fierce competition in this segment.
“Most of the major wine producing countries support their producers and encourage them to export. Ukraine will not be able to establish itself as a major winemaking country without systematic government support for domestic producers and without the search for new markets and participation in exhibitions, forums and conferences. Situationally, the industry may also be helped by the fact that because of the hostilities, millions of our citizens were forced to go abroad, where they became local consumers. Including through them we can increase the export of our goods, including wine”, – says Urakin.
This year, representatives of Ukrsadvinprom association and leading Ukrainian winemakers are taking part in ProWein international exhibition on behalf of Ukraine.
This year the exhibition will take place from March 19 to 21. Ukrainian stand will feature products of 10 winemakers under the common brand Wines of Ukraine:
1. Beykush Winery (Nikolaev region)
2. Father’s Wine VB (Ternopil region)
3. Prince Trubetskoy Winery (Kherson region)
4. Chateau Chizay (Transcarpathian region)
5. Stakhovsky Wines (Transcarpathian region)
6. Biologist Craft Winery (Kyiv region)
7. Colonist Winery (Odessa region / Southern Bessarabia)
8. Villa Tinta (Odessa region / Southern Bessarabia)
9. My Wine by Eduard Gorodetsky (Odessa region)
10. 46 Parallel Wine Group (Odessa region).
International exhibition ProWein is one of the largest and most important wine and spirits exhibitions in the world, which is held annually in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event attracts thousands of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, including wineries, wine merchants, sommeliers and industry professionals. ProWein is hosted by Messe Düsseldorf, the leading organizer of international trade fairs, and usually takes place over three days in March. A wide range of products, including wines, spirits, beer and soft drinks, as well as accessories such as glassware and wine storage solutions, are on display.
One of the key features of ProWein is an extensive program of seminars, tastings and master classes designed to showcase the latest trends and developments in the wine and spirits industry. These events are led by experts from around the world and cover a wide range of topics, from viticulture and winemaking to marketing and sales.

Interfax-Ukraine – information partner of the events

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In Kyiv VIII All-Ukrainian Tasting Competition will be held in Kyiv on April 1

On April 1, 2023 in Kyiv will be held VIII All-Ukrainian Tasting Competition “Variety and terroir. Micro winemaking. Unbreakable.”

Organizers of the Competition: All-Ukrainian Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers; Association of Cavistes of Ukraine; the First Sommelier School in Ukraine “Master Class” (since 2000).

General Information Partner: DRINKS magazine, DRINKS+ media holding,

Information Partners: “Club of Experts”, “Kyiv Diplomatic”.

We invite you to take part in this Contest, which will give you the opportunity to present your wines, compare them with the wines of your colleagues, understand what to pay attention to, taking into account the place of the wine in the rating of the Contest, get strong information support and advertising of your wine through our

Information Partners. For the first time, wine distillates take part in the Contest.

The objectives of the Contest are to confirm the influence of terroir on the character of Ukrainian wines, to determine the best wines and distillates in their nominations through professional “blind” tasting, to emphasize the important role of micro winemaking in Ukraine today.

The competition will be held in order to:

1.            Evaluation of varietal wines of Ukrainian micro winemakers (craft production).

2.            Evaluation of wine distillates and determination of the “Absolute Winner”.

3.            Determination of the “Absolute Winner of the Competition” (the best wine according to the total score from the jury).

4.            Determination of the “Winners of the nominations of the Competition” (12 nominations).

The wines of the “Absolute Winner of the Contest”, “Best Distillate” and “Winners of the Contest nominations” will be presented in November 2023 at the InterContinental Hotel (Kyiv) at the VIII International Forum of Winemakers and Sommeliers.

The jury of the Competition will include representatives of the Participants, the best sommeliers and cavists of Ukraine, industry experts, media representatives, and foreign colleagues.

The President of the jury is Dr. Ricardo F. Nunez.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Varietal and Terroir Tasting Competition will be held in Ukraine for the 7th time in this format. More details on our websites:

Such an original and highly professional format of the Contest is the only one in Ukraine – wines and distillates from small producers (craft production) are evaluated, each participant can become a member of the jury, communicate with industry professionals, see the results of the tasting in the final tables of the jury immediately after the tasting.

President of the Ukrainian Association of Winemakers and Sommeliers Natalia Blagopoluchna

Open4business is a media partner

Association Ukrsadvinprom – organizational partner


Ukraine returned membership in International Organization of Vine and Wine

Ukraine has resumed its membership in the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), the decision was officially proclaimed at the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) General Assembly in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico on November 4, 2022.

Ukraine was represented in the organization for over 10 years, from 1997 to 2008, but lost its membership. According to experts, the reason for this was both objective and subjective factors. For a long time the representatives of the industry have been trying to regain their membership and all these years they have been working on it.

About how the membership was restored, what work is carried out today and what is useful for Ukraine such cooperation we asked those who were directly involved in restoration of membership of Ukraine in the most authoritative international organization of wine industry.

The role of IOVW in the world of winemaking and viticulture

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IGOW) is an inter-governmental organisation, created in accordance with the Agreement of April 3rd 2001.

It is an heir to the intergovernmental organization of the International Bureau of Vine and Wine (BIVB), set up according to an agreement of eight countries (France, Spain, Tunisia, Portugal, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece and Italy) signed in Paris on November 29th 1924.

The organization provides recommendations to the wine-growing and wine-making industries, which are adopted by the European Community, thus emphasizing the influence of the IOWAV on the regulation and trade processes (EU countries produce about 70% of the world’s wine).

The organization’s main objectives are:
– Health benefits and quality of wine;
– protection of interests of the wine industry and creation of favorable market conditions;
– harmonization of standards and compliance of analysis methods;
– protection of geographical indications;
– guarantee of purity and origin of products;
– fight against fraud and unfair competition.

How did the reinstatement of Ukraine’s membership come about?

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine ratified the legal document on September 30 to begin the process of reinstatement and legally confirm Ukraine’s admission to the organization.
The official representative from Ukraine was Vladimir Pechko, Chairman of the public union UKRSADVINPROM.
The renewed membership took effect on October 30.

Expert Opinion

Viticulture and Winemaking Institute named after V. Tairov believes that the restoration of the membership in the IGOV (Auth.-OIV comment) will also give a new impetus for the development of scientific cooperation, creation of new innovative developments, which the industry has always needed and still needs.

Irina Kovaleva, doctor of agricultural sciences, laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, director of the R&D center “IVIV named after Taras Shevchenko”. V.E. Tairov” and Nina Muliukina, Ph.D., corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Honored Scientist of Ukraine, Deputy Director for Research:

“The history of relations between Ukraine and the OIV is not a long one, but over these years Ukraine has steadily stepped towards world recognition as a wine-making country primarily through involvement in this well-known organization.

The first stage of Ukraine’s membership in OIV lasted from 1997 to 2008. Unfortunately, the loss of membership was not due to some insurmountable circumstances. Rather it can be called a mistake, an oversight of both the industry management and, to some extent, shortsightedness and indifference of the industry representatives.
However, fortunately, Ukraine had the right to ask for its re-admission to the OIV, as it is among the countries that signed an agreement on the restoration of the organization in 2001.

The initiators of the restoration of membership in the OIV were “UKRSADVINPROM”, headed by Chairman, Pechko Vladimir, supported this process in every way by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, in the first place by the Winegrowing and Winemaking Department of Agrarian Development and the Department of International Cooperation and Integration, the press service of the Ministry, which worked on this problem for over a year. Representatives of the international community of winegrowers and winemakers also helped.

In fact, the renewed membership came into force on October 30, 2022 and on November 4, 2022 at the OIV General Assembly in Mexico City it was officially proclaimed the restoration of the membership of Ukraine, which became the 49th country-member of the OIV.

Realizing the necessity of this step, we have been emphasizing the need to renew our membership at all levels for more than 10 years. These were official letters to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, numerous appeals to producers, NGOs and government agencies, decisions of symposiums at conferences, both national and international, and conferences were both practical, with the participation of producers, and purely scientific. In other words, we were constantly reminding those whose political will was needed to take this step.

Joining the OIV member states allows our country not only to become a part of a significant international organization. This is a step towards deepening integration in the field of viticulture and winemaking, its further development and promotion of the Ukrainian wine brand. This is a challenge to the ideology of the aggressor country, which denies Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, especially a state recognized by the world community in a number of trendy areas of global production and markets. That is why it is important for Ukraine today to be recognized by international organizations in various fields of activity.”

“If Ukraine rejoins the IOVO, it will declare to the whole world that we are a grape and wine producing country,” said Viktor Kostenko, senior researcher at the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine:

“This organization includes not only countries that are directly involved in winemaking and viticulture, but also those that are participants in the wine market and also seek to influence the development of this industry.

The IOVC makes decisions that are advisory in nature, but most countries draft legislation based on these recommendations. It is the supreme body of the wine and grape industry, which provides the basis for the adoption of regulations not only in the EU countries, but also in those located in the northern hemisphere between the 30th and 50th parallels and on similar parallels in the southern hemisphere (such as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand). All of these countries take the recommendations of the OIE as a basis and implement them in their legislative documents related to the industry.

It is the highest body that is respected and valued in the world.
Today, the main law of Ukraine that regulates the activities of all market participants in the viticulture and winemaking industry is the Law of Ukraine “On Grapes and Grape Wine”. A number of significant changes have been made to it, and this Draft Law, which meets all the requirements of EU countries and all the recommendations that have been developed by the OIE organization for several decades, has already been registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Restoration of Ukraine’s membership in the OIE was a constant and firm dream of all domestic winegrowers and winemakers. When I was working in the Ministry, our Department, together with a number of public industry organizations, made every effort to restore this membership, and despite the fact that there were already certain agreements, a number of subjective and objective reasons did not allow us to join. And finally, today, we have resumed this cooperation and everyone involved in the industry is very pleased with the fact that Ukraine has finally resumed its membership in such a respected organization.”

“There is a need to support the Ukrainian wine industry. In addition, it is important to present Ukraine’s voice in the context of creating opposition to the Russian Federation and putting pressure on the organization to further exclude the aggressor from all possible international organizations, institutions, etc.” – Oleksiy Pinchuk, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine:

“We have always wanted to renew our membership in the OIE. As far as I know, our predecessors did not pay membership fees, and this was the reason for Ukraine’s exclusion from the organization. This issue has been frozen for a long time. Because the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, and then the Ministry of Economy, was not ready to continue paying these funds from the budget. Then the Ministry of Agrarian Policy was liquidated for several years.

During the war, we had many opportunities, including writing off this debt and rejoining the organization. We reached an agreement that we would not pay membership fees for several years due to the fact that we are at war.

Why is it important to join this organization? There is a need to support the Ukrainian wine industry. In addition, it is important to represent Ukraine’s voice in the context of creating opposition to the Russian Federation and putting pressure on the organization to further exclude the aggressor from all possible international organizations, institutions, etc.

The public union UKRSADVINPROM and its head, Volodymyr Pechko, played a very important role in this story. They initiated this issue and emphasized the importance of joining the IWW. In addition, we established internal communication with the organization’s management, which was a positive signal that we would be accepted.

The ministry provided political support, sent the necessary request, resolved the issue of regulations, prepared a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for accession, and provided political support, as there was also a question of paying contributions.

As a result, it became possible to officially apply to the organization with all the necessary documents to terminate the activities of the Russian Federation. We are currently working on this in parallel. “UKRSADVINPROM constantly requests that the invading country be expelled from the international organization and appeals to its colleagues from other countries to support Ukraine in this matter. Winemakers are an industry in the post-Soviet space where everyone communicates with each other, so it is very important for us that they support Ukraine.

For their part, representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy voice their position on Russia’s participation in the organization at official meetings of the IOVO board and send letters.
In the future, we plan to provide evidence of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the issues and its consequences, and will appeal to members to support us.

Today, Russia pays its dues, we understand its geopolitical influence and there are countries that traditionally support it… but we will continue to work and defend the position that there is a need to exclude Russia from the organization.

Now it is very difficult to record and estimate the losses and damages caused by Russia. We do not even understand the losses in the entire industry. Most of our best vineyards are located in Crimea, they were annexed along with the peninsula. We do not understand the condition and fate of these vineyards.

The IGWC is the largest platform to talk about our problems and voice our financial needs. Our representatives will represent our interests. At the time of Ukraine’s recovery, entire programs for the restoration of industries will be formed, and it is very important to constantly talk about the wine industry, to conduct information work, and then our issues will be included in the programs of other countries. Especially these will be countries known for their winemaking such as France, Italy… expert and scientific support from Chile, Argentina… I am sure that there will be a result. If we want to support Ukrainian viticulture, there is no better platform than the main international organization.”

Natalia Burlachenko, an international and national wine specialist and member of the official delegation of Ukraine to the OIV, tells how this thorny path has been going:

“I have heard about the OIV for a long time, but not about Ukraine’s active participation in it without membership, but thanks to the international activity of Ricardo Nunez, with whom I work. He constantly participated in international OIV conferences, having wineries in many countries and business connections in even more countries.

Various governmental organizations and OIV officials asked for support in various issues and usually received it, and free of charge, from Mr. Ricardo. The businessman and philanthropist in Ukraine kept repeating that Ukraine needed to join the OIV, that almost all wine-producing countries were members of this important international organization that writes the rules of the wine-making civilized world. And so, at one of the events, Ricardo Nunez met Volodymyr Pechko, the head of UKRSADVINPROM. This meeting resulted in Ukraine’s return to the OIV. Volodymyr Pechko turned out to be an active young unbiased person who defends the interests of the industry and has the support of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, which was enough for a relatively quick process.

Some people recall with longing the first year of 2001 and some decades ago, when everything was good for everyone, when everyone worked together, until 2001 came and the International Bureau of Grapes and Wine was reorganized into the OIV, and Ukraine was not reorganized because there was no one to do it.

So the question arises as to why active Ukrainian organizations that supposedly defend the interests of viticulture have not been able to bring Ukraine into the organization where we worked so fruitfully before, according to eyewitnesses, for more than 20 years?

We heard about a certain ban on Ukraine’s accession to international organizations in those days. But then a great war came to our land and all diplomats, diplomatic missions, and everyone involved received another clear instruction from the President: to join all possible international organizations so that Ukraine could be seen in the world, so that its voice could be heard. So the question of Ukraine’s accession to the OIV, which had long been in the air, found support from a group of enthusiasts. I repeat once again, if it were not for the war (unfortunately) and lobbying for Ukraine’s interests, not for a separate association, Ukraine would have been actively watching the wine industry develop past it for 14 years.”

“Being a full member of the OIV is an act of national sovereignty. Ukraine is a sovereign nation that has once again taken its place in the world of wine,” says Dr. Ricardo Nunez, owner of Vinos de La Luz, businessman and philanthropist.

“Ukraine’s accession to the OIV was a very well-coordinated work and was carried out step by step. I am a foreigner, although I have been doing business in Ukraine since 1998, and in the wine sector I have been importing my Vinos de La Luz brand to Ukraine since 2014. Everyone who knows me in the wine business knows that my next project is to produce wine in Ukraine. At a competition for small producers held in Odesa three years ago, Mr. Pechko told me about UKRSADVINPROM, its members, the need to develop Ukraine’s presence in the international wine world, and he said he was convinced that re-entering the OIV was a necessary step. At that time, the OIV director general was Pau Roca, a Spaniard who had previously been the director general of the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), of which I am a member, and I had known him in professional circles for many years. A few months passed and at another wine-related meeting in Kyiv, I met Mr. Pechko again and he asked me if I had done anything about the OIV issue. The question surprised me, because I did not realize that I had to do anything for this issue. I left that meeting thinking that in all the years that I had been in the world of wine in Ukraine, the only executive who had spoken to me about this issue was Mr. Pechko. The next day, I started to make contacts. I must say that I was impressed by the resolute attitude of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and representatives of UKRSADVINPROM from the very beginning of our work together. However, when the Russian occupier started this tragic war, our activities on Ukraine’s accession to the OIV became a daily routine, as the goal was to complete everything by November 2022, so that Ukraine would be accepted as a full member of the OIV. And this was achieved. Moreover, we achieved this without Ukraine having to pay a single euro either for the past periods or in the future. It was really an extraordinary work of the OIV team and UKRSADVINPROM.

November 4, 2022 is an unforgettable day in the history of Ukrainian wine. And not only for wine, but also for the demonstration of the country’s sovereignty, just when the enemy denies its existence. Everyone fights with the weapons they have, and the weapons used to join the OIV worked perfectly. I was honored to be present at the official ceremony of announcing Ukraine as a member of the OIV to see the face of the Russian representative sitting a few meters away from the Ukrainian delegation when Pechko said, verbatim: “We bring greetings from all the wine-growing regions of Ukraine, from Odesa, from Crimea, from Transcarpathia, from Kherson, from Mykolaiv and from every vineyard planted on our Ukrainian land. We also bring greetings from the many men and women of the wine industry, winegrowers, oenologists, sommeliers and all those who cannot devote themselves to their work today because the Motherland demands that they defend it.” And I also witnessed the endless applause that followed this speech.

I think everybody knows that the OIV is an organization whose members are sovereign wineries, and that it consists of numerous scientific committees that receive and produce thousands of materials for the development of viticulture, and for the protection of trade between countries. The OIV is an organization where you have to be a member to exist on the map of the wine world. The United States left this organization because it could not be a leading country, but it could not prevent one of its federal states, namely Texas, from being part of the OIV as an observer, so as not to be deprived of access to the knowledge that this organization provides.

The 49 member countries and 18 observer states and associations have realized that all countries are equal in this body, and all have the opportunity to contribute knowledge and in turn access the scientific work produced by more than a thousand experts. As an organization, it is very democratic and respects the principle of rotation. Yesterday, the CEO was a Frenchman, today a Spaniard, and tomorrow a New Zealander. Similarly, its last presidents were an Argentine, a German, a Brazilian, and today an Italian. And its committees legislate equally for all of them. Also a representative from Ukraine, Mr. Pavlenko was president of the OIV from 1988 to 1990.

At the last Congress, 35 resolutions were approved, covering all industries, from seeds to packaging. And they are for all countries. The OIV trains some of the most important specialists in wine production, offers research grants and in recent years has developed courses in ampelography, the knowledge of the leaves of the vine and its plant, which many have forgotten. For foreign investors, it is not the same if Ukraine is a member of the OIV or not. And finally, at this point, being a full member of the OIV is an act of national sovereignty. Ukraine is a sovereign nation that has once again taken its place in the world of wine. I am confident that producers will learn a lot from the OIV experience, and Ukraine is opening the doors to the world and will be able to make itself heard internationally.

“We have given Ukraine a voice, returned the right to influence international policy in winemaking, participate in the creation of regulations and the establishment of new trends in the industry,” Volodymyr Pechko, Head of the UKRSADVINPROM Public Union, Head of the official delegation of Ukraine to the OIV:

“Why did you choose UKRSADVINPROM among 40 corporations and public organizations?

The union unites 85% of the industry it is part of: Tairov Institute of Viticulture and Wine, Odesa Academy of Food Technologies, about ten agricultural universities from all over Ukraine, regional associations of winemakers and growers in Vinnytsia, Odesa, Black Sea, Transcarpathia, Lviv, Dnipro, and the Association of Craft Winemakers of Ukraine – all of them are members of UKRSADVINPROM. Today, it is the largest union that brings together more than 250 enterprises and all productive business entities working for the benefit of the industry. I would also like to emphasize that UKRSADVINPROM does not work with enemies of the industry and those who support the military aggression of the Russian Federation or have sided with the occupier.

At the initial stage, the success story of UKRSADVINPROM was precisely the representation of the industry’s enterprises in courts by our legal service. We sued for accounts payable that arose in 2012 and tried to write them off from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy. For three years, the companies had not been repaid this debt.

UKRSADVINPROM renewed the deadlines, sued the Ministry of Agrarian Policy for about UAH 100 million and actually launched the program, which was in place in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine’s Resolution No. 587.

It was we who succeeded in canceling Ukraine’s debt to the OIV, together with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and our friends, namely Natalia Burlachenko and Ricardo Fernandez Nunez.
Regarding the fact that for all 14 years Ukraine did not have the right to vote in this organization: of course, there were isolated cases of representatives from various Ukrainian scientific institutions or private business coming to the OIV. However, we have given Ukraine the right to vote, regained the right to influence international policy in winemaking, participate in the creation of regulations and the establishment of new trends in the industry.

We could not renew our membership not because of any bans, but because we did not have a quality lobbyist in the field of winemaking and viticulture. Now this lobbyist has appeared, in the person of the public union we represent, UKRSADVINPROM. I can give you the following as an example: The Committee on Geographical Indications allowed Ukraine to use the name “cognac” until 2026. If we take into account such countries as Armenia and Georgia… they were granted the right to use the name “cognac” until 2043 and were compensated to mitigate the economic blow to the industry and rebranding. Unfortunately, no one has provided any compensation to Ukraine, and the transition period granted to Ukraine is much shorter than the period granted to other post-Soviet countries that use the name “cognac”.

By the way, in 2022, thanks to the International Trade Center project, we went on a working visit to Armenia and Georgia to get acquainted with the work of viticulture and winemaking enterprises in these countries. It was the industry that insisted on visiting these countries. We are grateful to the ITC project, which provided the technical opportunity for this working trip. The companies took the initiative to visit these countries because they have similar climatic zones and a history of wine industry formation as Ukraine. We wanted to learn from the experience of these countries. We were very surprised by the level of development of the grape and wine industry. This once again demonstrates the high level of lobbyists in these countries and systematic work in international organizations.

Before renewing Ukraine’s membership in the OIV, we decided on the policy of this organization and if it did not support our country and was not against the aggression of the Russian Federation, we would not have been able to renew Ukraine’s membership. We have repeatedly consulted and communicated with experts from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, studied statements by OIV representatives, and it was decided to renew the membership and international relations of the Ukrainian wine and grape industry.

In order to exclude Russia from the OIV, as a lawyer, I can say that it was necessary to renew membership in order to have the right to vote, the right to submit any initiatives, and you can just write letters anywhere and everywhere, and this does not mean that anyone should take into account the information in these letters. Because the international organization OIV can only take into account statements or appeals, initiatives of a country that is a member of OIV.

I am confident that the Ministry of Agrarian Policy did not regret delegating our union to represent Ukraine in the International Organization of Grapes and Wine.
UKRSADVINPROM is not only Volodymyr Pechko, but also qualified specialists in the field of horticulture, viticulture, winemaking, and consultants. In addition, the union has a powerful legal service that is knowledgeable about the law. We also have the opportunity to involve our members, represented by wineries, institutes and academies.

Personally, I defended my dissertation and received the title of Candidate of Economic Sciences back in 2017 and have been teaching at the Department of Agricultural Processing at the Institute of Postgraduate Education of the National University of Food Technologies for about 3 years. I combine my practical experience at the enterprise and continuous improvement of skills and knowledge with theory and work at the Institute. Since the age of 16, I have been working at a horticultural enterprise that grows perennial plants and produces wine at its winery. I went through the whole cycle, from the harvester of agricultural products.

My motto in life is: “Do what you have to do and let things happen!”
I believe that Ukraine’s participation in the organization will open up new opportunities for the development of the industry and we, together with a team of like-minded people, will make efforts to restore Ukraine’s title as a wine-producing country!

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In November and December, “Club of Experts” held three scientific seminars on vintage beverages

During the last two months a series of scientific and practical seminars-tastings of vintage drinks of 20-80 years old were held on the basis of Analytical center “Club of experts” with the assistance of a public association “Ukrsadvindindprom” and Charity fund “Reconstruction and development of Ukraine”. Representatives of Ukrainian wine industry, retail, mass media and other experts took part in these seminars.

All in all, participants of the workshops got acquainted with more than 40 kinds of vintage alcohol, produced in Ukraine and European countries in the second half of the last century. The total age of the drinks exceeds 3000 years.

In particular, such famous Ukrainian collection brands, as “Massandra sherry” from the 1980s and “Black Doctor” from 2007 were presented at the conferences. Among the European alcoholic brands the participants distinguished a rare sherry brandy “Hispano” 1870 (!), another Spanish drink “Ponche Rives” 1978, vermouth “Marsala” 1950-ies and other drinks. All in all 15 different vintage drinks were evaluated by the participants.

According to the words of the expert-collector of vintage alcoholic drinks Igor Magalas, the cost of the majority of samples which were presented at the seminars does not exceed the prices of similar drinks on supermarket shelves. At the same time, the taste and eco-friendliness of vintage drinks are an order of magnitude superior to many modern brands.

“The thing is that the automation of alcohol production lines, which became widespread at the end of the last century, led to a natural decline in quality for the sake of quantity. More than once I faced situations when at closed tastings sommelier experts preferred lower class vintage alcohol produced in the 1960s-1970s to modern expensive brands bottled in the 2000s-2010s,” Magalyas noted.

According to the expert, the reason for this is not the number of years the drink has been in the bottle, but the technological process of production at the initial stages, which largely affects the bouquet and taste of any alcohol.

Maxim Urakin, the organizer of the series of seminars, in turn, expressed hope for the further development of the vintage drinks market in Ukraine and for promotion of the culture of their consumption in the new year 2023.

“We will continue the promotion of vintage alcohol in the Ukrainian market. In Europe this product has a wide consumer audience for a long time, while in our country it is still considered “elite” and unavailable, although in my opinion it is a delusion. Therefore, the main purpose of our seminars, to make vintage alcohol more accessible to Ukrainians” – he stressed.

Vintage (molesim) in wine-making means the year of ripening of a certain grape variety which is used to produce wine, brandy, cognac or other vintage-based drinks. This indicator is important in determining the characteristics of the drink because weather and climatic conditions change every season, which may affect both positive and negative effects on the organoleptic characteristics of beverages of the same brand.

The Club of Experts is Kiev analytical center, which is engaged in researches in the field of economics, sociology and other scientific disciplines. In particular, with the assistance of the Club of experts during the last year there were held several events for the promotion of the national winemaking products.

Public Union “Ukrsadvindindprom” was a partner of the seminar and tasting. “Ukrsadvindwinprom” unites about 200 producers of fruits, berries, nuts and grapes, enterprises that process fruits and berries and produce wine, as well as scientific institutions for implementation of new scientific approaches in production.

The “Reconstruction and Development of Ukraine” Charitable Foundation has been providing extensive volunteer support to the army and civilians since the war began. In particular, with the support of KNUSA Rector Petr Kulikov, the foundation donated a modern mobile hospital for the needs of the military.

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