Areas for the development of viticulture have been identified in the Crimea

Crimea Development Corporation
13 January 2021

Agriculture is a promising and profitable industry. Favorable natural and climatic conditions have a positive impact on the creation of agro-industrial complexes in various directions.

Thus, according to the relevant Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation, published on the official Internet portal of legal information, 13 districts have been allocated in the Crimea and Sevastopol for the development of viticulture. This list includes: Eastern upland-steppe (Pantikapey terroir), Eastern foothill (Kafa), Eastern Steppe (Kirovsky terroir), Mountain-valley (Alushta, Demerdzhi), Mountain-valley-seaside (Koktebel, Kuchuk-Uzen, Uskut, Sudak, Sunny Valley), Western upland-steppe (Tarkhankut), Western Primorsko-Steppe (Kalamitsky), Crimean West-Seaside foothill (Alminsky, Bakhchisaray valley of the Belbek River, Bakhchisaray valley of the Kacha River), Crimean Prisivashye (Arabatsky, Karkinitsky), Foothill (Ayan and Bakhchisaray terroirs, Belaya skala, Solkhat), Central steppe (Salgirsky ), Southern coast of the Crimea (Ai-Danil, Gurzuf, Castel, Livadia, Massandra, Magarach, Partenit). In Sevastopol, these are the Baydar Valley, Balaklava, Heraclea, the valleys of the Belbek, Kacha, Chernaya Rivers, and the Laspi terroir.

Recall that in June 2020, a new law "On viticulture and Winemaking" came into force in Russia. The law prohibits the use of imported grapes, wine, and grape must for the production of wine. The law also introduces the concept of territorial division of viticulture lands. The land is divided into grape-wine zones, which consist of grape-wine regions. Vine and wine-making areas may include one or more of vine and wine-making terroirs.

In turn, Crimea Development Corporation  accompanies about 14 investment projects in the field of viticulture and winemaking with a declared investment volume of 14.8 billion rubles in these projects. In addition, to date, 12.6 billion rubles have already been invested.

For example, in Feodosia, an investor invested 878.6 million rubles in the restoration of the production complex of the vintage wine factory. Today, the total area of the vineyards is 1,150 hectares. The process of expanding and updating production is in an active phase a new blending shop with a capacity of 100 thousand dal has been launched, a new bottling line has been purchased.

In Sudak, a project on viticulture and winemaking is being implemented with a total investment of 80 million rubles. The project started in August 2019 and has already reached the stage of practical implementation. The investor laid out vineyards on an area of about 30 hectares, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and also purchased the necessary equipment.

 

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