Ukraine Becomes 49th Member State of the OIV

On 30 October, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) will readmit Ukraine to its ranks. The war-ravaged Eastern European state was already a member from 1997 to 2008. This brings the number of OIV member states to 49. 

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RIP Vika, Ukrainian Sommelier

Among the victims of the recent Iranian kamikaze drone attacks on Kyiv was Viktoriia (Vika), a sommelier who worked as a sommelier in GoodWine, one of the best wine stores in the Ukrainian capital. 
 

Making Wine in Wartime: Giorgi Iukuridze of Shabo, Ukraine

In this exclusive interview, Giorgi Iukuridze, co-founder of Shabo, Ukraine's leading winery, shares his experience of the last seven months, since the invasion of his country by Russia

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Moldovan Wine Industry Partners with Sommeliers – and Supports its Neighbours in Ukraine

This week, while partnering with the ASI – Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, Moldova’s winemakers also lent a helping hand to their neighbours in Ukraine, justifying the description 'Small Country; Big Heart' by which this country is becoming known.

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Ukraine: Wine During Wartime

Ukraine has recently begun to rediscover its winemaking, receiving international recognition, obtaining ever higher marks at international competitions. However, all these challenges were nothing compared to the problems, which Ukrainian winemakers face due to the Russian invasion and war, which started in February 2022. Guest article by Jenia Nikolaichuk, Ukrainian wine expert and Andrii Tarasov (Hochschule Geisenheim University).

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Pro-Ukrainian Wine Project

Eastern Europe's wine producers defend themselves against Russian aggression. 

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Vladimir Putin and his Friends – Taking Control of Russian Wine

When he is not focusing his attention on his invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president and his entourage take a particular interest in wine. Last year, laws allowing domestic wine to be described as shampanskoe on official labels while Champagne could only be called ‘sparkling wine’ hit the headlines. But, as Sergey Panov reveals, other moves have been far more significant.

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Ukrainian Publisher Announces Global Wine Travel Award Winners

Despite the constraints of the war with Russia, Drinks+ is helping to shine a spotlight on the best wine tourism initiatives in East Europe and beyond.

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ProWein Special: Central- and Eastern Europe

Wine production, export data, consequences of the Russian war.

Eastern Europe is located in Hall 11 at ProWein.

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