We create traditions.
We make wine for everyone like for ourselves.
Our wine should be desirable.
We want our wine to become the part of its admirer's destiny.
“Kolonist” represents Plachkov family’s pride, the result of their ongoing devotion and the expression of love and passion for the land and its generosity. The Plachkov family founded their own winery in 2005 in order to produce premium local wines.
Kolonist winery is situated in a famous Ukrainian wine producing region – Danubian Bessarabia (the South of Odessa region), where viticulture has been established since the Greeks and the Thracians first discovered these fertile soils.
“Kolonist” tooks its name from the Bulgarian colonists who inhabited this area in the XIX century. The founder and the owner of the company – Ivan Plachkov – is a descendant of this nationality who made a great contribution into turning this burned steppe into a prosperous and fertile land.
Kolonist wines are made from grapes grown on the south-western slopes of the biggest fresh-water lake in Ukraine – Yalpug. Due to the slopes, vineyards receive double sun rays from the sun and reflected ones from the surface of the lake, they are also well blown around with the winds.
33 hectares of vines are pruned by the Guyot and Cordon methods, grow on the loam soils which are rich in minerals with deep layers of lime. This modern pruning systems provide low crop capacity, which in combination with with special terroir give high-quality grapes. Each grapevine bears only a few bunches (harvested manually) which has rich flavour and gives wine strength, harmony and elegancy. Geographical position at the same latitude with Bordeaux in France and Piedmont in Italy gives an excellent opportunity to grow grapes in perfect climate conditions.
The combination of a unique terroir, modern equipment from France, Germany and Italy and the traditional French 100-year-old oak barriques gives the Kolonist a right to be proud of its high-quality wines.
In 2007 a famous enologist from Bordeaux, France, Mr. Olivier Dauga joined Kolonist. He and his wife Kati Sokazo came into the process of honest wine-making with a great enthusiasm.
This cooperation appeared to be very successful and today Kolonist wines can be found not only in the best restaurants, various wine shops or wine bars in Ukraine, but also in France, Great Britain and Poland.
Kolonist wines have been represented twice in the Parliament of UK, in the Embassies of Belgium, France, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece and Germany, in the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In December 2011 an outstanding world wine expert Oz Clarke and top UK wine journalists highly estimated Kolonist wines.
Oz Clarke admitted that Danubian Bessarabia due to Kolonist will obtain its honorable place on the world wine map.
In 2013 at the World Wine Exhibition in London, organized by famous wine critics M. Bettane and Th. Desseauve, Kolonist wines signed in to the TOP three wines in the Wine Premier nomination.
Kolonist wines were awarded with honorary title "Commended" by the judges of one of the most influential competition "International Wine Challenge" which takes place annually in London: in December 2015 Cabernet Merlot 2013 received the award, in May 2018 - Shardone «Haut de gamme» 2016 and in May 2019 - Cabernet Merlot LX.
In 2017 Kolonist wines were represented to the best 12 British wines journalists and experts. The sparkling wine by the classical method of champagnization – Bisser – was represented for the first time. All wines were highly estimated and recognized.
Kolonist creates a brand of Ukrainian wine, making two wines from Ukrainian grape varieties: Sukholymanskyi white and Odeskyi black.
The winery focuses its attention on high-quality dry wines as well as produces semi-dry and sweet wines. Kolonist produces approximately 280 000 bottles per year, which allows to pay more attention to the quality of wine and adopt new technologies and innovations.