Gastronomic traditions of Ukraine are well known all over world. When it comes to the best degustation of the finest samples of wine, cognac or beer, Ukraine can quite compete with the most famous destinations of the gourmet travel. Here is a list of top places on the map of Ukraine that a real connoisseur of alcoholic traditions can’t miss.
Shabo Wine Culture Center, Odessa Region
Shabo is a village in Belgorod-Dniester district, Odessa region, known for its wine production.
Shabo Wine Culture Center has a long history and rich traditions. Grapes have been grown there since the 12th century, so not surprisingly this place has become a pearl of winemaking of the Southern Ukraine.
You may take a tour to Shabo Wine Culture Center and discover its modern territory and beautiful vineyards. After exploring the Wine cellars and manufacture, you’ll enjoy a tasting of the best sorts of local wine and then purchase some in the Shabo brand shop.
Zakarpatski Cognac, Uzhgorod
Uzhgorod cognac distillery, which successfully produces Uzhgorod Cognac, started its proud history in 1959. Nowadays, the plant produces a product line of eight brands, three of them are of particular interest: “Tysa”, “Karpaty” and “Uzhgorod”. They all belong to the vintage category, aged at least six years.
The taste is soft and the aroma has chocolate and vanilla notes, rich in floral undertones. Every cognac has its own elegant flavor and very harmonious taste.
Shustov Cognac Museum, Odessa
You are welcome to take a trip to the unique Shustov Cognac Museum. The Museum was opened in 2013 and has become one of the main attractions of Odessa since then.
Besides tasting flavored cognac, you can enjoy exhibitions of paintings and photographs, presentations of literary works, chamber concerts of various music styles, charity auctions in Shustov Cognac Museum. The magic atmosphere of this place is filled with sophisticated aroma of the best cognac.
French Boulevard, Odessa
The history of “French Boulevard” brand dates back to 1857. Nowadays the production includes the variety of wine and cognac produced by the French technologies. Different kinds of tasting take place in the elegant and stylish wine boutique. An experienced sommelier will introduce you to the history and traditions of wine manufacturing and advise you the best samples of this gorgeous drink. You will enjoy a testing with different kinds of cheese, jamon and olives.
Lviv Brewery “1715”, Lviv
Many legends and tales are narrated about beer in Lviv. Brewing in Lviv started in 15th century and until now maintains its legendary taste and quality, being very popular not only among residents but also among tourists. The first Ukrainian Museum of beer was created in Lviv Brewery “1715”. Here you can find interesting exhibitions of ancient beer bottles, old beer mugs, originating from different countries of Europe, barrels for beer transportation, recipe books of the 19th century, and of course try best sorts of beer.