Winemaking in russia
Main Russian wine regions

The Krasnodar region is the largest producer of still and sparkling wine in Russia. In 2019, it produced 43% of Russian still wine and 36% of sparkling wine (according to the Department of Viticulture and Wine Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture and Processing Industry of the Krasnodar region).

The main Russian wine regions also include:

  • Crimea (Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol)
  • Republic of Dagestan
  • Stavropol region
  • Rostov region
  • Volgograd region
  • St Petersburg (comprising only CJSC Igristye Vina, one of the largest wineries in Russia, which produces wine from imported bulk wine)

Number of wineries in Russia
A study of Russian wines sold in retail outlets was conducted in preparation for the Russian Wines Competition 2020. Based on this, it can be argued that Russia currently has about 70 wineries with commercially available wines that are popular with wine lovers.
Volume of wine production in Russia

According to the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation (hereinafter referred to as Rosalkogolregulirovanie), 328 million litres of still wines and 132 million litres of sparkling wines were produced in Russia in 2019, 8% and 6% more than in 2018, respectively, and the first growth in four years. Statistics gathered by the Russian Wines Competition 2020 show that Russia produces more still red than white wine, 58% and 42%, respectively.
The largest wine producers in Russia in terms of revenue include the following:
Ariant Group (LLC Kuban-Vino, Krasnodar region; LLC CPI-ARIANT, Chelyabinsk region) CJSC Abrau-Durso (Krasnodar region) Igristye Vina Group (CJSC Igristye Vina, St Petersburg; CJSC Rosinka - sparkling and brandy plant, Samara region) PJSC Fanagoria (Krasnodar region) FSUE PJSC Massandra (Republic of Crimea)
Garage winemaking in Russia

So-called "garage winemaking" is quite common in Russia. Garagists (individuals) buy small consignments of grapes from vinegrowers and produce wine at home in small volumes.

Given the tightening of control over the illegal production and sale of alcohol and wine in Russia, many garagists have established their own small vineyards, received the status of farmers and the corresponding licences, and now work absolutely legally.

Training for the wine industry in Russia

The leading educational institutions that train personnel for the winemaking industry in Russia are the Kuban State Technological University, founded in 1918 and rightfully considered the leading university in Russia in this discipline, and the Moscow State University of Food Production, which has been a leading educational and scientific institution in Russia for the last 90 years and a recognised forge of highly qualified personnel in the field of food production technologies.