Team

Yuri Uzunov, Head Oenologist


Yuri Uzunov graduated from Praskoveya College of Viticulture and Winemaking, specialisation – Winemaking technology, in 1985. In 2002, he graduated with honours from Chursin Stavropol Institute, specialisation – Technology of fermenting productions and winemaking.

He has been working for Fanagoria since May 1980 – as a workman, then wine cellar master; since November 2002, he works as Head Oenologist.

Uzunov has been in charge of the upgrading of the tank depot. He supervised the installation and commissioning of the cuvelites, white wine producing facilities; France-made (Bucher Vaslin) grape processing equipment; cold bottling line of the productivity of 12,000 bottles/h; Extractis for continuous production of red wines; reconstruction of the crushing and pressing plant, and the 6,000 bottles/h sparkling bottling line.He was responsible for the construction of the brandy spirits cellar (1.6 million l), and reconstruction of the brandy spirits distillation facility (with the installation of a copper alembic).

Yuri Uzunov was a co-author of Red Glade bitter liqueur; SignatureCru Lermont and A Hundred Shades wine extensions. Fanagoria premium wines and distillates are prizewinning champions of many national and international tasting competitions.

Valentina Popandopulo, Deputy CEO – Science & Quality


Valentina Popandopulo graduated from Krasnodar Polytechnical Institute, specialisation – Winemaking technology, in 1976.

Since 1980, she has been working for Fanagoria (then – Fanagoriysky Wine State Farm) – first as a quality engineer, then microbiologist and head of laboratory, head winemaker, and finally as Deputy CEO on Science and Quality.

Valentina Popandopulo is known to be striving for the implementation of new scientific achievements. She was responsible for the licensing, certification and state registration of the winery’s products. She supervised the introduction of the wine-treatment technology based on physico-chemical and biotechnological research ensuring long guaranteed wine stability, technology of decontamination of residual toxicants from grape derivatives with yeast bio-sorbent widely used for the production of grape juices for children’s nutrition (attested with 7 authorship certificates and patents for invention). Her initiatives have contributed a lot to the improvement of the quality of the produced wine and secured consumer safety of the produce.

Valentina Popandopulo is our highly respected colleague, unceasingly engaged in the upbringing of the national culture of wine consumption and consumer enlightenment. She was a co-author of Fanagoria bitter liqueur.

Roman Tcaciuc, Red Winemaker

In 2001, Roman graduated from Technical University in Chişinău, Moldova, specialisation – Technology of fermenting productions and winemaking, qualification – Engineer.

Roman Tcaciuc began his career in 2001 as a trainee at Cricova-Acorex (later, Acorex Wine Holding). Over 12 years, he had been promoted to a line manager, cellar master, production engineer and head winemaker.

Since 2012, he has been working as Red Winemaker for Fanagoria Estate Winery.

Roman was a co-author of the wine, A Hundred of Red, Saperavi Fanagoria 2015, the first-in-the-history winner of a platinum medal at the Decanter 2017 tasting competition.

Alexander Beryozov, Head Sparking Master


Alexander graduated with honours from Technical University in Chişinău, Moldova, specialisation – Technology of fermenting productions and winemaking. He also obtained graduation diplomas of the Economic Faculty of Techniccal University in Chişinău, and Agrarian and Technical College, specialisation – Food productions mechanic.

He began his career at the blending cellar of Lion Gri JV as a workman, and soon was promoted to the position of a foreman and shift supervisor. In 2004, he worked as production engineer and cellar master for Igristye Vina JSC, St. Petersburg. In 2006, he worked as production engineer of Vengerskie Vina LLC. In 2007–2009, Alexander returned to Igristye Vina JSC, where he assumed the position of a section foremaster, and head production engineer. In 2009–2013, he was headed the sparkling and oaked wines cellar at Kuban Vino LLC.

Since 2013, Alexander Beryozov has been working as Head Sparkling Master for Fanagoria Estate Winery. He was responsible for the launches of classic, Charmat and young sparkling wines; the construction of the yeast station and the Sparkling Cellar. Over the past years, Fanagoria sparkling wines have more than once been acknowledged ‘best wines of the year in Russia’; méthode classique wines have become champions of several international competitions; Blanc de Blancs Brut has for three years in a row been awarded silver medals at Chardonnays du Monde, France; young sparkling wines have also become widely recognized.

Alexander takes a special pride in the base white brut, that has become a bestselling wine and one of the best price-to-quality offers at the Russian market.

Nikolai Moroz, Head Agronomist/Viticulturist

Nikolai was born in the Astrakhan region to a family of chartered agronomists.

He says: “As far as my parents succeeded in their professional career as agronomists – they are quite popular in their sphere – I also decided to become an agronomist; however, I was more interested in horticulture and viticulture than field husbandry.”

As a teenager, he was an area champion in table tennis. Upon graduation form a secondary school with a silver medal, Nikolai entered Kuban State Agrarian University, Faculty of Fruit and Vegetable Growing.

After graduating from the University with honours, Nikolai Moroz came to work for Fanagoria – first as a foreman, then viticulturist agronomist, nursery agronomist, and – since 2014 – Head Agronomist/Viticulturist.

Nikolai says that the agronomist’s work is similar in all sectors of agriculture, with certain differences in the work with the protected soil: “You must spend a lot of time outdoors: when it’s dusty and terribly hot in summer, and when it’s cold in winter. Many people believe that in winter, agronomists are idling away their time – but that’s not the case for wine-growing. As soon as you have finished your harvest, you will have to begin an inventory taking, then to store up the grafts – and that’ll last for entire winter: pruning, repair works, etc. I think that the most difficult thing in any trade is to be able to organise oneself and identify one’s priorities.”

Nikolai’s favourite wines are Krasnostop Zolotovsky, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In his free time, he takes up gardening – he has about 65 fruit trees in his own orchard.