Fanagoria Is One of the First Russian Wineries to Get a Russian ‘AOC’ Licence

Fanagoria Estate Winery has become the first participant of the Self-Regulatory Organization “Winemakers’ Union” to be granted licences for the products with protected geographical indication and protected appellation of origin. The licences officially certify that the wines are crafted from the grapes grown in the winemaking region ‘Kuban. Taman Peninsula’.

The ‘Protected Geographical Indication’ (PGI) description will be awarded to wines guaranteeing that they were produced in one of Russia’s seven specified winemaking regions. Russian Union of Viticulturists and Winemakers as a regulating body has reportedly approved the following PGIs: Kuban (for Krasnodar region), Don Valley (Rostov region), Stavropol (Stavropol region), Daghestan (Republic of Daghestan), Terek Valley (Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria), Lower Volga (Astrakhan and Volgograd regions), and Crimea (Republic of Crimea and Federal City of Sevastopol).

The ‘Protected Appellation of Origin’ (PAO) mark will reportedly be used for the wines produced in a concrete microregion or terroir where their ‘pedigree’ may be traced down to a vineyard parcel.

Ludmila Stepanova, Fanagoria Technical Department Manager, was quoted as commenting on the news that Fanagoria Winery received the PGI and PAO licences on 24 January 2017. “On 14 February we declared the volume of the grapes used to produce still, sparkling and sweet wines with protected geographical indication and protected appellation of origin,” said Stepanova.

Fanagoria has become the first large winery in the Krasnodar region to have been issued licences for the manufacture, storage and sales of the following products:

  • wines with protected geographical indication;
  • liqueur (sweet) wines with protected geographical indication;
  • sparkling wines with protected geographical indication;
  • sparkling wines with protected appellation of origin;
  • wines with protected appellation of origin.

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Vladimír Pukis, Fanagoria PR Director, said that Russian PGI and PAO licences are lookalikes of the appellation systems used in other countries – like the French AOC or Italian DOC, proving that the wine was crafted in the region specified, using grapevines which satisfy the regulating body, and showing the characteristics of that particular region.

Yelena Mikhailishina, Fanagoria Marketing Director added: “For many years, we have been honestly telling our customers which wines were produced from our own grapes and which from imported bulk wine. Not all customers believed in what we were saying, and I can understand the thoughts of the sceptics. The new licensing system will let Russian winemaking industry move to a new level of dialog with our customers, wine experts and enthusiasts. It is a large step forward for the whole industry, and I am proud that Fanagoria is one of the first [wineries] to be taking this step.”

1. Register of Fanagoria Protected Geographical Indication wines (PGI Kuban)

NR Collection

  • Cabernet Fanagoria. NR red dry wine
  • Merlot Fanagoria. NR red dry wine
  • Tsimlansky Black, NR red dry wine
  • Cebernet Rosé. NR rosé semi-dry wine
  •  Sauvignon Blanc Fanagoria. NR white dry wine
  • Chardonnay Fanagoria. NR white dry wine
  • Riesling Fanagoria. NR white semi-dry wine
  • Muscat. NR white semi-dry wine

Liqueur wines

  • Muscat Fanagoria. Vintage white liqueur wine
  • Kagor Fanagoria. Vintage red liqueur wine
  • Port Wine Fanagoria. Vintage red liqueur wine
  • Kagor Fanagoria. Vintage liqueur wine
  • Port Wine Fanagoria. Vintage liqueur wine
  • Black Healer liqueur wine

Fanagoria sparkling wines

  • Fanagoria white brut  
  • Fanagoria rosé brut 

Mme Pompadour sparkling wines

  • Mme Pompadour white brut

2. Register of Fanagoria Protected Appellation of Origin wines (PAO)

Signature Collection

  • Aligoté – Riesling Fanagoria white dry wine
  • BioLogic. Platovsky – Riesling Fanagoria white semi-dry wine
  • Chardonnay – Aligoté Fanagoria white dry wine
  • Sibirkovy – Sauvignon Blanc Fanagoria white dry wine
  • Master’s Wine No. 1 Fanagoria red dry wine
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot Fanagoria red dry wine
  •  Cabernet Sauvignon – Saperavi Fanagoria red dry wine
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Tsimlansky Black Fanagoria red dry wine
  • Pinot Noir – Merlot Fanagoria red dry wine
  • Saperavi – Krasnosotp Fanagoria red dry wine
  • Cabernet Franc Fanagoria rosé dry wine

Cru Lermont Collection

  • Cru Lermont Cabernet Sauvignon Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Merlot Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Pinot Noir Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Saperavi Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Sauvignon Blanc Fanagoria white dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Chardonnay Fanagoria white oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Riesling Fanagoria white oaked dry wine
  • Cru Lermont Pinot Grigio Fanagoria white oaked dry wine

Vintage Collection

  • Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Vintage Saperavi Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • Vintage Chardonnay Fanagoria white oaked dry wine

A Hundred Shades Collection

  • A Hundred Shades of Red. Cabernet Sauvignon Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • A Hundred Shades of Red. Saperavi Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • A Hundred Shades of White. Chardonnay Fanagoria white oaked dry wine

One Hundred and One Shades Collection

  • One Hundred and One Shades of Red. Cabernet Sauvignon Fanagoria red oaked dry wine
  • One Hundred and One Shades of Red. Saperavi Fanagoria red oaked dry wine

Fanagoria sparkling wines

  • Fanagoria rosé seasoned brut
  • Fanagoria white seasoned brut
  • Fanagoria rosé seasoned extra brut
  • Fanagoria white seasoned extra brut
  • Fanagoria Blanc de Blancs white seasoned brut
  • Fanagoria Blanc de Noirs white seasoned brut

Photos by Yan Kaurov

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