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Abrau-Durso

Abrau-Durso is Russia's most famous sparkling wine producer and was established in 1870 by decree of Tsar Alexander II.

Abrau-Durso Group produces sparkling wines made using the classic method and the Charmat method, still wines as well as cider, spirits, alcohol-free sparkling drinks and artesian water.

Abrau-Durso Group presents collections of the wineries Abrau Durso, Vedernikov Winery, Loza and is an official and exclusive distributor of Mionetto Prosecco, Henkell and Torley. In 2019, the Group sold 43.3 million bottles in total. Every year, wines from Abrau-Durso collections receive high awards at prestigious international tasting competitions such as International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and Mundus Vini.

 

 

HISTORY

Abrau-Durso estate was founded in 1870 by Emperor Alexander II. The first agriculturist of the estate was Fedor Geyduk, who proposed to create vineyards at Lake Abrau, planting popular international grape varieties. From 1877 to 1898, the estate only produced still wines. The first batch of sparkling wines, aged in Abrau-Durso rock tunnels, was issued in 1896.

In 2020, Abrau-Durso turned 150. For 150 years, since Emperor Alexander II, sparkling wines, on par with the best wines of Champagne in terms of exquisiteness and complexity, have been made here. During the Tsar times, Abrau-Durso became renowned thanks to the famous French Champagne maker Victor Dravigny, who even received two personal awards from Nicholas II.

During the Soviet times, Abrau-Durso sparkling wines were nationally acclaimed. Anton Frolov-Bagreev, a famous scientist and winemaker, was the pioneer of Charmat, the new manufacturing method which allowed preserving quality within large-scale production. The recent history and the rebirth of the estate started in 2006, when SVL Group headed by Boris Titov acquired it. Mr Titov was devoted to the idea of preserving and multiplying the traditions of the local winemaking and of the Russian sparkling wine. Using the experience and the knowledge of the previous generations, he resumed quality sparkling wine manufacturing in accordance with the highest international standards. The Russian Winehouse managed to preserve its heritage and became a point of attraction for all lovers of wine and gastronomy tourism in Russia.

Today, Abrau-Durso sparkling wines are produced using two methods, the classic method and the Charmat method. French and Russian oenologists create sparkling wines for the collections Imperial, Brut D’or, Victor Dravigny and «Property Department», all aged in the famous Abrau-Durso rock tunnels. The collection «Russian Champagne» is produced by using the accelerated Charmat method.

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