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Prasnoveyskoe wine factory
Prasnoveyskoe wine factory
The lazy humming of bees in the heat at midday... the fragrance of sun-warmed
grape vines... the glory of berries bursting with juice hanging in bunches from
the branch... Preserving the magical moments of summer is a genuine art. In
the village of Praskoveya, in Stavropol Krai's Budyonnovsk County, it has been
mastered in full.
The winemaking traditions of ZAO Praskoveyskoe have been evolving for more
than 100 years. The unique knowledge gathered over the years can be tasted in
every drop of its handiwork. Prasnoveyskiy Muscat, Bouquet of Prikumye, Amber
of Stavropol, Prikumskoe White- these vintages are famous well beyond the Krai’s
borders. The vineyard s dry wines- Rkatseli, Sauvignon, Saperavi and Cabernet-
have their admirers too. The recipes and techniques have been passed on from
generation to generation of wine masters. And modern equipment has enabled them
to be brought to perfection.
The story of spirits in Praskoveya started a little later, but turned out
to be no less illustrious. In the 1950s the Soviet school of cognac production
was opened right here, and this oldest of vineyards grappled with the task of
blazing a trail with honour. Today the cognacs produced here compete with the
famous French brands with ease. Labels produced from our own spirits- KV Stavropol,
KVVK Dombai, KS Prasnoveyskiy, KS Sevastopol and, of course, OS Prasnoveyskiy
(a 20-year vintage)- long ago became the pride of the company.
Prasoveyskoe Vineyard enjoys deserved respect in professional circles, and
striving to attain new heights is bearing fruit. Quality is constantly improving,
and in its wake the awards cabinet is filling with new medals, certificates
and diplomas. At the present moment it contains 320 (!) awards garnered from
Russia-wide and international competitions and exhibitions. The famed wines
and cognacs have brought worldwide glory to the masters of Prasnoveya. However,
popularity has its pitfalls: attempts have been made to forge copies. The company
has decided to combat this by opening its own retail network. Today more than
30 ZAO Prasnoveyskoe “factory shops” are already operational across Russia.
The company has representation in Moscow, Sochi and Rostov, as well as in Bulgaria.
These efforts, along with the use of original packaging, are helping to counter
The tasting and trading halls of the firm’s shops are never empty, but wine
afficionados are impressed above all by the winery. It has been called an original
national treasure. Around 100,000 bottles of unique wines dating as far back
as 1945 are stored in its cellars, and it is they that make Stavropol’s Prasnoveya
a place of pilgrimage for tourists from all over the country.
Along with preserving tradition and following up success, the vineyard devotes
a lot of attention to development. Technological as much as adjustments to the
range. They are not afraid to experiment here, and that is meeting with approval
The past decade has been a time of revolutionary innovation for ZAO Prasnoveyskoe.
In 2003 licensed production of the unique Kosogorov Samogon No.5 was established
on the initiative of the vineyard’s general director, Boris Pakhunov, thus becoming
the first legal samogon, or moonshine, in Russia. It is produced by distilling