"Kolonist" took its name from the Bulgarian colonists who inhabited this area of the Danubian Peninsula in the beginning of the XIX century. The founder of the winery - Ivan Plachov - is a descendant of this folk who turned this abandoned steppe land in a flourishing vineyard.
Kolonist wines are made from grapes grown on the southwestern edge of Lake Yalpug ,the largest freshwater lake in the Danubian Peninsula region of southern Ukraine. Due to the lake shore slopes the vineyard receives double sun rays from the reflection of the lake as well the vines are blown by the gentle breezes of the lake.
33 hectars of vines are pruned by the Guyot and Cordon methods and grow on the fertile loam soils, rich in minerals and with deep layers of lime. The modern pruning method provides low crop yields of high quality grapes. These excellent grape varietals are grown in perfect conditions at the same latitude (45 degrees n) as Bordeaux , France and Piedmont, Italy.
All grapes are hand harvested and produce wines rich in character and full bodied elegant favour . The combination of unique terrior ,modern European equipment and traditional 100 year old french oak barriques gives Kolonist wines a right to be proud of its wines.
Kolonist wines have gained recognition at wine exhibitions and challenges across Europe and now they are ready to become a favorite wine of the Old world in North America. Two Indigenous Varietals, Odessa Black and Sukholymanske have already gained recognition and awards in Western Canada.