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Novy Svet Sights | Novy Svet Winery | Golitsyn Champagne Tasting
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Ukraine Novy Svet Sights - Novy Svet Winery - Golitsyn Champagne Tasting
Date of foundation of champagne winery "Novy Svet" is considered to be 1878 when Prince Lev Golitsyn estate acquired Novy Svet and decided to take this new and promising business - the production of champagne. Lev Golitsyn had a goal - to create a very nice drink not inferior to the best French champagne.

In Novy Svet Prince Lev Golitsyn created a collection of vineries which had more than 600 varieties. They have been selected the best varieties of grapes which became the basis for the local sparkling wines: Pinot, Chardonnay, Aligote, Riesling Rhine. That they are still using the Crimean wine for sparkling wine production.

Along with finding the right grape varieties Lev Golitsyn worked on the construction of tunnels for the aging of champagne. Most of them had been dug in the monolithic Koba-Kaya rock. Some tunnels are below sea level which allows year-round temperature is maintained between 8 and 12 degrees required for storing of champagne. Basements have been preserved in excellent condition and most of them Champagne Winery "Novy Svet" uses today.

Already the first batch of champagne issued Golitsyn in 80th years of XIX century received widespread international acclaim. Golitsyn was the first winemaker to receive the right to print the emblem of the Russian Empire on the label of his wines.

In 1896 in honor of the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II Prince Golitsyn brought in Moskow a new champagne brand "Coronation". This was the first time in the history of the coronation of the Russian emperors when it was used Golitsyn's champagne.

In 1900 at the World Exhibition in Paris Golitsyn champagne "Paradisio" received the highest award - Grand Prix. It was given a dinner in honor of the chairman of the expert commission of French Count Chandon. During the dinner there was a curious case:

Count Chandon raised his glass of champagne and said: "Excellent quality wine that we drink we owe those workers who from generation to generation for over 100 years working for our company". Next Prince Lev Golitsyn replied: "I have always dreamed to find in France a good representative for the distribution of my champagne "Novy Svet". Today, I found it. You, Count Chandon, gave me an excellent advertising as currently you drink... my wine". All present were struck: a connoisseur of French champagne Count Chandon mistaken and mixed up "Moet & Chandon" with Crimean champagne "Novy Svet"! It was truly a triumph of Prince Lev Golitsyn and his Crimean champagne.

Prince Golitsyn Winery brought him a good income which was to popularize the champagne on the territory of the Russian Empire. In order to instill a love to champagne for the ordinary citizens Lev Golitsin used risky measures - the champagne sold below its prime cost. Also large spending of money went to the construction and maintenance of tunnels-cellars for storing champagne. It was the construction of approximately 3 km of tunnels in Koba-Kaya mountain which has never been filled completely with champagne. Prince Golitsyn spent a lot of money to create a wine collection which numbered more than 50 000 types of wine. All this has led to the bankruptcy of Golitsyn and his company. To save a collection of wines as well as his winery from the creditors Lev Golitsyn decided to give his estate and winery to Emperor Nicholas II. At its core the production of sparkling wines and champagne in the Russian Empire was nationalized and became state property in 1913.

After the October Revolution of 1917 Golitsin's vineyards and winery has been long in decline. Only in 1932 Novy Svet Winery resumed its work and issue of champagne which is to this day.

Novy Svet Winery producing such brands of champagne

Champange Brand
Type
Approximate price
Novy Svet Coronation
Semi-dry
200 USD
Novy Svet Paradisio
Brut
200 USD
Novy Svet Brut Cuvee
Semi-dry
25 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Pinot Noir
Semi-dry
25 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Pinot Noir
Brut
25 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Wine
Semi-Dry
17 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Wine
Dry
17 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Wine
Brut
17 USD
Novy Svet Sparkling Wine
Extra-Brut
17 USD
Sparkling Wine Brand
Type
Approximate price
Novosvetskoye Sparkling Rose
Semi-sweet
14 USD
Novosvetskoye Sparkling Rose
Semi-dry
14 USD
Novosvetskoye Sparkling White
Semi-sweet
14 USD
Novosvetskoye Sparkling White
Semi-dry
14 USD
Novosvetskoye Sparkling White
Brut
14 USD
Novy Svet Pinot Franc
Brut
20 USD
Novy Svet Pinot Franc
Dry
20 USD
Novy Svet Pinot Franc
Semi-dry
20 USD
Novy Svet Pinot Franc
Semi-sweet
20 USD
Novy Svet Krymskoye Sparkling Red
Brut
16 USD
Novy Svet Krymskoye Sparkling Red
Semi-sweet
16 USD

On the territory Novy Svet Winery performed different excursions and tours: "Historic", "Industrial", "Brut", "Imperial" and "Museum of Prince Lev Golitsyn" which includes tasting of the best champagne of Novy Svet Winery.

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