Few years ago the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine, Mark Vink, after visiting Kolonist winery, said: “Kolonist is the best Ukrainian ambassador in Europe!” When he learned that our wines have been represented twice in the Parliament of Great Britain, at official events in the Brussels and Warsaw; was also represented at the official events at the embassies of Ukraine in honour of national holidays, he personally decided to visit us!

His words about our wine are the great honour, and we will do our best to justify this trust.

And this year the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, finding time in his extremely busy schedule, has personally visited Kolonist winery (remember that it is located in Krynychne village, in the Danubian Bessarabia, in the South of the Odessa region, 750 km from Kyiv).

(From left to right) Hryhorii Plachkov (I.Plachkov’s son), The Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Ivan Plachkov

He had a look at our vineyards, carefully looked at the technical process and up-to-date equipment, he paid his attention to barriques (225-liter French oak barrels for wine aging) made from 100-year-old French oak from the best French manufacturers. And of course, we organised professional tasting of the whole range of Kolonist wines, including some samples of wines that are now stored only in the wine collection of Kolonist winery. As a person who loves wine and well-versed in wine, who is very experienced and understands the deep philosophy of wine, who tasted the world’s best wine, he highly estimated our wines, what we are very proud of.

But one of the most important achievements for us is that this year, at the official event of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in honour of the Ukrainian Flag Day and Independence Day, not without recommendations of the Minister, the whole diplomatic corps of Ukraine abroad, as well as Ambassadors of foreign countries to Ukraine were treated by the best Ukrainian wine “Kolonist” from authentic Ukrainian grape varieties – Odessa Black and Suhkolymanske.

These wines are made from the Ukrainian grape varieties, bred by the Ukrainian plant selection breeders, from the Ukrainian plants, grown up on the Ukrainian land, by the Ukrainian oenologists and winemakers.

Along with a pleasant surprise, we heard a lot of positive feedbacks and high opinions of quality of our wines.

Thanks to such events the brand “Ukrainian wine” is born; which “Kolonist” has been trying to create for the past several years.

“Kolonist” is a true Ukrainian wine!

Drink Ukrainian, be proud of Ukrainian, and love Ukraine!


Dear friends!

From August 13, 2016 “Kolonist” opens the harvesting season. We invite everybody to visit “Kolonist” winery and take part in the festival of young wine. You will be able to participate in harvesting, press grapes with bare feet under lively music, try freshly squeezed grape juice and a young wine. After these entertainments you will be invited to join the «Kolonist» wines tasting on vineyards summer terrace and taste the unique cuisine of Danubian Bessarabia.

The program of visiting “Kolonist” winery comprises the whole day and is organized for groups from 15 to 50 people: every Saturday and Sunday, starting from 13th of August 2016 till 25thof September 2016.

Tour price for one person: 800 UAH

For registration to groups and payment, please call: (044) 499-40-21; (063) 683-96-48 Inna Zykina (managers of TM “Kolonist”)

Program of visiting Kolonist winery:

 (“Kolonist” winery is located in Odessa region, Bolgrad district, village Krynychne, 4 Bolgradska Street. Stay for a night for guests is available at Izmail city, which is situated 25 km from the winery. The program includes transfer Ismail -Krinichnoe – Ismail).

10:45 – Arrival to the winery.

11:00 – 12:00 – Coffee with traditional Bessarabian pastries.

12:00 – Departure to the vineyards.

12:00–13:00 – Excursion at the vineyards.

13:00–14:00 – Harvesting. Everyone will be able to press their own harvested grapes with bare feet under lively music.

14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch with national dishes of Bessarabia on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

15:00 – 16:00 – Excursion to wineries shops and wine cellars.

16:00 – 17:00 – Tasting of “Kolonist” wines (with a participation of the chief technologist).

17:00 – 17:30 – Visit to the historical hall, private collections and wineshop, where you can buy “Kolonist” wines and souvenirs.

18:00 – 19:00 – Dinner in the fireplace hall with traditional dishes of Danubian Bessarabia.

20:00 – Return to Izmail.

For more details please contact: (044) 499-40-21; (063) 683-96-48 Inna Zykina (managers of TM “Kolonist”).

Kolonist team is ready to give the consultation concerning traveling and help with choice of hotel in the Izmail City.


Have a pleasant time in the Danubian Bessarabia!



Corentin Aubrion – talented winemaker, future graduate from Bordeaux Sciences Agro School came to the “Kolonist” winery which is situated in Odessa region, in the heart of Denubian Bessarabia, to have an internship.

Corentin Aubrion is a student of Bordeaux Sciences Agro School Team of “Kolonist” walking on the young vineyards Olivier Dauga is a famous enologist from Bordeaux, trains how to work properly with vineyards

According to Study Program in Bordeaux one of the prerequisites is to have a 3 week of internship abroad. Students can choose on their own opinion any of wineries abroad. Corentin made his choice in favor of Eastern Europe – specifically in Ukraine. It is a real European integration, isn’t it? This is incredible news, isn’t it?

The vineyards of “Kolonist”

“Kolonist” winery and whole Ukraine is proud that international students, future famous winemakers from France are coming to us for studying of winemaking!

Olivier Dauga with translator on the “Kolonist” vineyards Professional’s hands. Olivier Dauga

Here below is the first interview of Corentin, where he will tell you: why he choose Ukraine, his thoughts about “Kolonist”, Ukrainian wines and Denubian Bessarabia!

Kolonist: Hello, Corentin! Where are you studying?

Corentin: Hello! I am studying in Bordeaux Sciences Agro School, Ecole d’ingenieur en agronomie.

Kolonist: How did you hear about the “Kolonist” winery?

Corentin: I heard about “Kolonist” from enologist Olivier Dauga, who works here as wine consultant.

Kolonist: Why have you decided to have an internship on “Kolonist” winery?

Corentin: I heard a lot of good reviews from Olivier Dauga It is original choice for me, because “Kolonist” winery is situated in the little known place for world’s winemaking.

Kolonist: What was your first impression about “Kolonist” and it’s terroir of the land?

Corentin: It’s a wonderful land for winemaking. The climate is close to Bordeaux, especially in summer: when hot days changing cool nights. Also the largest lake in Ukraine – Yalpuh gives coolness to the “Kolonist” vineyards which are placed on the banks of the lake. Soil region is quite rich for organic matter that is why it’s not so difficult to work on it.

Kolonist: What do you think about “Kolonist” wines?

Corentin: In my opinion, it’s really good wine and very similar to the French, specifically to Bordeaux wine.

Kolonist: What surprised you most of all?

Corentin: A huge amount of hand work used in the wine industry here, especially on vineyards. As well as modern winery equipment at the highest technological level, laboratory, infrastructure, etc.

Kolonist: What do you think about wine making in Ukraine in general and in Denubian Bessarabia separately?

Corentin: I am not yet familiar with other Ukrainian wines. As far as I know, Ukraine has some large producers of wine, who are not really interested in wine quality, but there are many individuals who produce their own wine in small quantities.

Kolonist: Do you see “Kolonist” wines in the European market?

Corentin: Yes, of course!

Kolonist: Would you like to visit this place again?

Corentin: Definitely, and I’d like to introduce “Kolonist” to my large family!



Soulful, delicate, summery beautiful dessert is perfect for romantic evening! Sabayon sauce with the white Muscat wine will give this dessert elegance and flavor! You should definitely treat your close people with this dessert:


(3-4 servings):

  • 1,5 glass of strawberries
  • 1 glass of other berries (red currant / bilberries / blueberries)
  • 2 peaches / nectarines
  • mint leaves
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 100 ml. + 100 ml. white dessert wine (Kolonist Muscat)
  • 5 yolks
  • 2/3 glass of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • savoiardi biscuits
  • 200 – 300 ml. heavy cream – 33% or higher

How to cook:

Whisk cooled creams with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Cover bowl with cream with stretch wrap and take away to the fridge. Strawberries cut in four parts and slice peaches. Cut half of mint into small pieces. Then mix in a dish prepared strawberries, peaches, mint, add some lemon juice and peel, 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and fold.

Beat up yolks till its whitening in the heat resisting bowl. Then place bowl to boiling-water bath and with stirring add 100 ml. of wine. Mix it till the cream will thicken and till it have double or triple size. Continue mixing and cool it.

In dessert bowls or wineglass lay out savoiardi biscuits, shower biscuits with 100 ml. of dessert wine and give it 10 minutes to sink. Then put on biscuits in glasses some berries, whipped cream, then berries and in the end with large portion shower it with sabayon sauce. Decorate the dessert with leaves of mint and with some berries on the top. Put to the fridge for 30 minutes and then serve!

Bon appetite!

P.S. Fruits and berries you can change according to the season, but you should remember about the hardness of fruits – such fruits as pear or apple must be little simmered, for real softness of the dessert!


Did you know that in 2007 after 11 years of reconstruction of Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, it was opened after two the most terrible fires in its history (most of time the theatre was closed). Recovering and finishing the reconstruction was made by Ivan Plachkov – in that time governor of Odessa region. After which the theatre was honored by the Presidential decree and get National status.

Ivan Plachkov fully dedicated to theatre 1,5 year!

In 90th of XX century the condition of the theatre was admitted as catastrophic. In 1996 the Cabinet of the Ministers of Ukraine allocated money on capital repair. Works was planned to finish in 4 years. They managed only to strengthen the building base (this time driving 1800 piles to a depth of 14-18 meters). But due to lack of funds the reconstruction was stopped almost for 10 years. Ivan Plachkov was needed only 1,5 year to finish the reconstruction, were slated a roof, facade renovation and all surrounding area. Also were reconstructed the backstage, stage floor, installed modern lighting and sound equipment, heating system and new safety curtain. Present equipment of the theatre is meeting up-to-date requirements. This includes air conditioner, automatic production desk, electronic control of art lighting with the programmatic cybernetic installation, computer control of stage movement, and complex system of firefighting equipment. The placing of chairs in the hall excludes the presence of so-called “blind places” and wonderful acoustics allows spectator to hear even the whisper from stage.

So, after stage reconstruction it was divided into sectors, and each of them can go up and down almost for 3 meters. And some of blocks from the stage can turn around and separate of each other to 10 angle degree. The weight of curtains doubly decreased, and now instead of 40 tons each of them weighs 14 tons. The stage installed by autonomous fire-protection system and the theatre generally is equipped with fire alarms.

According to specialist’s words, the conditioning system of the theatre was projected in such way, that not to damage the primary conditioning system, which was established in architectural design! Only in the most scenic parts of the theatre are placed 43 devices, which are providing given temperature characteristics in every room. Besides, cooling installations are soft-running and work on special non-damaging freon gas. For gold plating of theatre were used 7 kilograms and 538 grams of gold.

Experts predict that working life of reconstructed building is calculated for more than 100 years.

Ivan Vasyliovych thinking about that time, said:

“The most interesting work was investigating in municipal library memoirs about old theatre and trying to save the prime beauty of the building. The whole inner décor of the theatre is fully matches of the ancient records. And for up-to-date technologies was used internal equipment. For example, was purchased special installation which was flapping away the city birds from the building and they didn’t seat on it. Usually on such constructions were used edged metal sticks for facades, which are mar the appearance of concrete. In the Odessa Opera House case, this installation was imitated the screech of wild birds during few months, which were made scared of pigeons and crows. The neighbors who were living near the theatre were courageous stand for these screeches of wild birds during whole process. All this was made for the “local pearl”. And this process was quite enough, because the birds pass the next generation of danger signals in certain locations and there won’t be birds anymore.”


In 1810 was ceremonial opening of the Odessa Opera House. The house had 800 seats. Opera repertoire of the first Municipal theatre had performances of Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and others. Alexander Pushkin admitted that an Italian opera in Odessa “was renewed his soul”.

In 1873 in 64 years after opening of the theatre, the Municipal theatre was completely destroyed by fire. From the Municipal theatre was left only ashes. A year later, the municipality announced a competition to design a new temple of art, and the construction was entrusted to the Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, who have already established theaters in Vienna, Budapest and other European cities.

“Odessa Opera House is the best in the world!” – exclaimed Ferdinand Fellner, when he arrived to Odessa on the occasion of the finished reconstruction, and he gave gilded key of the theatre to the mayor Hryhorii Marazli. This symbolic key was placed in the metal box and walled-up in the bottom of the mirror on the stairs of the western portico of theatre.

The opening of the new theatre was in 1887.

The second serious fire of the Odessa Opera House was in 1925. The fire damaged the house, destroyed the stage, decorations and costumes. Also was harmed note library and stage curtain. But a year later the theatre revived performances.

It soon surfaced that the building is sinking and in its supporting construction appeared crazing. The first works of strengthening basement of the theatre began in 1955. Then were used a unique technology: using a variety of special drilled prospect holes in the basement and filled them with the 6 million liters of glass liquid. But the building continued to deteriorate because of soft rock soil.

And in 2007 thanks to Ivan Plachkov started a new theatre history!

The whole team of the Kolonist company proud of incredible work of Ivan Plachkov and his own contribution to the Ukrainian culture!

Vote for Ivan Plachkov on the link below:


Not everyone knows but mushrooms really like red wine. Today we will cook honorable mushroom sauté with the blue cheese and Merlot – I promise you – with this dish you will find favour in the eyes of the most demanding guests.


(3-4 servings):

  • 400 g. white mushrooms;
  • 150 ml. of red dry wine (Merlot Kolonist);
  • 1 big red onion;
  • 1 carrot;
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • thyme;
  • 2 tbsp of butter;
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil;
  • 300 ml. of cream 15-20%;
  • 150 g. of blue cheese gorgonzola;
  • New potatoes for accompaniment;
  • 50 g. of parmesan / grana padano cheese (any of it).

How to cook:

Mince the carrot and onion. In a roasting pan melt a butter and olive oil, then add vegetables and cook 3-4 minutes. Slice the mushrooms and put them to the roasting pan. At once add salt and pepper according to your taste, add teaspoon of dry thyme. When the mushrooms will juice and it will boil down, then add wine and cook it on the medium heat with stirring during 10 minutes.

Meanwhile boil the new potatoes.

Add creams to the mushrooms, chopped gorgonzola cheese (leave some cheese for serving), grated parmesan and stir till the cheese will melt.

Mix potatoes with the mushroom sauté and decorate it with gorgonzola cheese that you left, fresh thyme and other herbs. Immediately serve it with glass of Merlot!

Enjoy your meal!

P.S. These mushrooms can be also served with pasta, as mincemeat to pancakes and just with baguette.


Culinary project  from Kolonist has started!

Head of the series of recipes is famous food-blogger Eduard Nasyrov with his author’s recipe:

Aromatic pear combined with creamy risotto and a glass of dry white wine – is this is not a holiday for body and soul? Today we will cook a wonderful meal that you can share with your loved ones – a delicate risotto with pear:


4 servings

  • 300 g arborio rice
  • 1 tbsp. butter + 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine (Sukholymanske Kolonist)
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 hard pears
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 50 g parmesan / grana padano cheese
  • Approximately 200 ml of cream 15-20%
  • Sticks of fresh thyme for serving
  • 2-3 cups of water / clear vegetable soup

How to cook:

Mince an onion, celery stalk and 1,5 pear. In a roasting pan melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil, than add minced vegetables and pear. You should cook it 4-5 minutes on medium heat, with intermittent stirring.

Put in roasting pan rice and cook during a minute. Then put in the pan with rice a cup of wine and cook it till the rice soaks the wine. Then you should put one ladle after another of water / clear vegetable soup, each time you should wait till the rice soaks the liquid. Add pepper and salt according to your taste, some sticks of fresh thyme and cook till the condition of al dente.

Add cream in the roasting pan and cook during a minute.

While risotto is cooking, slice the rest of the pear. In the frying pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter add a pinch of sugar and poach pear till its softness. In served plates put risotto, on the top of it put few slices of pear and sprinkle with grated parmesan and in the end decorate it with the stick of fresh thyme, serve with the glass of wine Sukholymanske!

Have a nice meal!


Unbelievable! Ivan Plachkov is the best Kolonist of the country, the founder of the winery “Kolonist” can be listed in the  Rating of the Odessa’s 100 greatest living public intellectuals as a result of your efforts! As the reminder that Ivan Plachkov is the Ex-Minister of Fuel and Energy, was a governor of Odessa region! Just then when he was the head of Odessa regional administration under his direct supervision was started and finished reconstruction of the Odessa Opera House – in beauty #1 in Europe!

Now is opened online voting for the place in this rating list “ the Odessa’s 100 greatest living public intellectuals” which is initiated 2nd consecutive year by the charitable foundation “Journalists for Democracy” and inform-agency “Odessa media”!

For voting, please, click on the link below! You can vote one time every day till 10th of July!

Vote! Be proud! Tell your friends!


Ivan Plachkov andKolonistTM are inviting You and Your family to discover the traditions of colorful Bessarabia, visiting one of the ancient Balkan Holiday Herhovden” (St. George’s Day).  The celebration will be from 3rd till 9th of May in Krynychne village of Odessa region in “Kolonist” winery.

For the Balkan nation St. George’s Day is one of the most triumphant national holidays that signal the beginning of summer. On this day the whole family gathered together for the festive table, in honor of St. George they bake the young lamb at the old recipe of Bessarabia and serve to the table. We are offering You to join to “Kolonist”TM on this family holiday.

 We are sure that this weekend will impress You!

 PROGRAM from 3rd till 9th of May,  2016

(program of visiting winery is intended for 1 day of stay):

Time Event
12:00 Meeting guests on «Kolonist» winery
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (chicken soup with traditional baking, coffee/tea)
12:30 – 13:30 Tour on vineyards
13:30 – 15:00 Visiting «Kolonist» wine production
15:00 – 16:00 Wine tasting of «Kolonist» wines (will lead main technologist)
16:00 – 17:30 Dinner in the fireplace room of the wine tasting complex of “Kolonist” TM (traditional dishes of Bessarabia cuisine with a young lamb, served in honor to
St. George’s Day
17:30 – 18:00 Leisure time (can visit branded shop, opportunity to take a walk around the winery, time to make photos)
18:00 Departure to hotel in Izmaiil town

Cost of 1 day at the winery for 1 person – 600 UAH.

 Staff of «Кolonist» TM will give You advises regarding the road OdessaIzmaiilKrynychne, will help You to choose the best hotel for the night in Izmaiil and will provide other necessary information.

Please, leave Your applications on these phones below or write an e-mail.

 For more information, please contact:

Lavrinchuk Katherine  

Manager of “Коlonist TM

tel./ fax:  +38 044 499 40 22

phone: +38 093 937 37 42