It has passed over half a century since the day when on the site of the ancient polis of Phanagoria a new winery was founded. The history of Fanagoria Estate Winery, as it was called, is marked with persistent creative work, overcoming of the challenges of our time, and of course many brilliant and striking achievements.
Today Fanagoria ranks high among Russian biggest winemaking companies. We own over 2,300 hectares of sought-after vineyards that prove the high quality of our wines. Fanagoria covers a full winemaking production cycle: from vine nursing up to the sales of its highly sought-after wines. Our main production figures are growing, both qualitatively and quantitatively. So, in 2009 we processed over 25,000 tons of grapes, and produced more than 20 million liters of wine. The Company’s share in the national wine market equals to 4%. High quality remains our highest priority. Our terroir wines are being awarded Grand Prix and gold medals at most prestigious national and international tasting contests, deserving excellent comments of the world’s leading wine experts. Today Fanagoria wine trademark is delivered to most Russian regions and abroad. The Company means to keep its high working pace.
We are committing ourselves to the development of the wine consumption culture in Russia, for we are confident in bright prospects for the Russian winemaking.
Petr Romanishin, Director General,
Fanagoria Estate Winery
The Legend of Phanagor
Once upon an ancient time, when the former glory of the ancient Greece had already sunk into oblivion, Greek refugees from the Isle of Theos in the Ionic sea arrived to the banks of the River Kuban (then – Hyppanis) fleeing from the Persian King Kir’s advancing warriors.
Phanagor was the first to have brought noble Greek vines here; and he kept on planting them, tenderly, but assiduously, on his new homeland. Finally, he was rewarded for his endeavours with excellent wine so much reminding his beloved faraway Greece. Phanagor was not only a winemaker, but also a healer, an expert on herbs and potions that cured his compatriots from most painful diseases. Once, when Phanagor was out of the city, there happened a strong wind that dispersed his medical herbs and broke his ceramic vessels-pithoses full of wine. Only one vessel survived, but the wind blew some dry herbs – John’swort and origan – into it. Upon coming back, Phanagor was surprised, for when he tasted the wine from the surviving vessel, he found it so rich in flavour. Yet he got even more surprised the following morning when he felt that all the fatigue of his long journey had vanished. This was how Phanagor discovered the secret of his magic wine, and since then Phanagorian wines made from white grapes have been known as “White Healer”, and those from red grapes – “Black Healer”.
Noblesse oblige, the Fanagoria Estate Winery’s official motto, means our commitment to customer excellence. The history of our Company began more than 50 years ago, and since then every year new pages of our historical
chronicle have been telling wine connoisseurs about our achievements, confirming firmness of Fanagoria’s leading position at the Russian wine market. For its half-a-century-long history, Fanagoria Estate Winery has been awarded numerous prizes of most prestigious national and international tasting contest: 6 Grand Prix and over 200 medals are quite telling evidence of our wines quality, confirmed by international jury panel.
A winery in Sennoi, today's.
Fanagoria's predecessor, founded.
Launch of fanagoria wine & grape juice plant, the biggest in the ussr and 2nd biggest in europe producer of natural grape juices.
Fanagoria grape juices - official talisman of the 22nd olympic games in Moscow.
Agro-industrial company fanagoria, jsc (оао apf fanagoria) founded. The strategic decision on shift to winemaking taken. Launch of the bitter liqueur fanagoria (infused on extracts of 26 local medicinal herbs and jojoba fruit).
Launch of nr1 sub-premium extension.
Launch of charmat-type sparkling wine.
Launch of cru lermont premium extension. Сompany celebration of the company's 50th anniversary. Export into the usa.
Export into israel.
Total acreage of the vineyards equals to 2,500 hectares. Launch of brandy production and mmthode champenoise sparkling wine. Over 25,000 tons of grapes first processed by the winery. Fanagoria announced the brand of the year at moscow international tasting contest.
New launches: cru lermont: pinot noir; bitter liqueur red glade; muscat sparkling nr rosm sparkling nr muscat oaked nr mmthode champenoise brut Fanagoria. nr stands for numeral reserve, due to the number showing on the label the quantity of bottles in a lot.
Production of sub premium "Author's wines", positioned between the Number Reserve and Cru Lermont collections is begun. The new line of Fanagoriysky cognac is released . It is expanded a line of Anri cognacs. The area of vineyards to 2500 hectares is increased. "Fanagoria" received medals at the prestigious international exhibitions The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC), China Wine Awards '2011, Vinnaya Karta Open – 2011, The London International Wine Fair 2011. The Russia's first biological Biologic wine which received the certificate on participation in the Biodivino 2011 exhibition and certificate about award of high points is let out. From Fanagoria`s of vineyards the first large-scale crop of the Riesling was harvested .
In series of sparkling wines "Madam Pompadur" and "Perfidy and Love" pink semisweet sparkling wines are released. "Fanagoria" filled up a line of premium dry aged wines of "Cru Lermont" with two new positions - "Cru Lermont. Aligote" and "Cru Lermont Saperavi". Production of the fifth grade of ice Ice Wine wine – Cabernet is begun. The sixth wine "Author's No. 1" of Fanagoria is produced in addition to five already existing wines of this line : "Cabernet-Saperavi", "Pinot-noir-Merlot", "Cabernet-Tsimlyansky black", "Aligote-Sauvgnion", "Chardonnay -Aligote". Also it was bottled a white dry wine of the geographical denomination "Riesling. Numeric reserve". Expansion of a network of firm shops of "Fanagoria"
Production of absolutely new product of Chacha of two types is begun at once: Special (40) and Selected (50%), and also young sparkling wines: "Muscat. Ottonel" and "Cabernet Franc". The line of Author's wine and NR are expanded with production of 0,187 l. and for fans of wine there were Liqueur wines stronger and sweeter . Also from this year new lines of cognacs are issued: "Old Russian oak" (3 and 5 years) and "Fanagoria" (while only five-year-old). Uniqueness of these cognacs is that all operations from grapes cultivation before bottling of production are made in one place – at the wine-making enterprise "Fanagoria".
Commitment to quality
Jancis Robinson, wine writer, London
I was surprised how recognisable the Russian realia appeared to me - the look of Krasnodar, the villages, vineyards and much of the cellars I inspected. But let me tell you one very vivid impression of mine: it is the exposition of the Taman Archaeological Museum. You know, I have been travelling a lot, so i cannot help retaining good impressions of the people, countries and wines I am meeting. But the 26 centuries of Taman history (including that of the ancient Greek winemaking) have become a zest of my trip. I could not imagine that your region has
Had such rich history and culture!
President of the International Wine Club
Russian winemaking has very ancient and deep roots. Such varieties as Tsimlansky Black, Plechistik, Krasnostop Zolotovsky, Sibirkovy from the River Don's right bank date back to the mediaeval khazarian empire, while in the taman
Peninsula winemaking had started much earlier: several thousand years ago. i can find subtle mineral tones in best wines from the taman. i believe this may be due to the mud volcanoes known there since pre-historic time.
Igor Serdiuk wine critic
Fanagoria became the first russian winery to have assimilated the up-to-date winemaking styles and to have learnt to craft fresh, bright, fruity and really tempting wines. this is so much important, for fanagoria is a big-scale business. its management took chances indeed when they decided to launch its top high-end cru lermont extension, but the result did prove its value. now fanagoria has to keep on moving along its chosen way of success which is the narrow path of high quality, and searching for its unique terroirs and styles.
Robert Joseph, AUTHOR OF THE POPULAR «WINE TRAVEL GUIDE TOTHE WORLD»
Fanagoria terroirs seem to fit the native burgundy aligote even better than its homeland. To my mind, Fanagoria's aligotm.
Eleonora Scholes, wine critic
«Fanagoria, like other wineries in the south of russia, works in unique natural and climatic conditions. They will be the point of difference between southern Russian and other world wine regions, on condition that Russian wines achieve high quality and become competitive on the international level.»