Day of grape growers, winemakers and gardeners of Ukraine

What day is it?

Warmed by the warm rays of the Ukrainian sun, grapes grown with love in the hands of real professionals turn into an incredibly tasty product. Vineyards in Ukraine are not yet among the best in the world, but they are confidently stepping towards world recognition. The government of Ukraine promotes the development of winemaking in our country and supports winegrowers and winemakers in every possible way. In order to recognize the hard work of grape masters, the President of Ukraine introduced an official holiday – the Day of Grape Growers, Winemakers and Gardeners of Ukraine. The holiday will be celebrated annually on the second Sunday of November.

How did the idea to celebrate the Day of Grape Growers, Winemakers and Gardeners of Ukraine come about?

Ukraine has incredibly favorable conditions for the grape business. However, wineries were not popular for many years.

One of the oldest and most famous farms is located in the Kherson region in the Kozatske estate. It was there that the first vines of future vineyards were planted in 1896. Prince Trubetsky hired experts to select the best lands and grape varieties.


Thanks to the correctly chosen planting angle, the composition of the land, advanced growing technologies and unique climatic conditions, the first fruits appeared very quickly. In 1900, the world wine-making society awarded Trubetsky’s farm with the Grand Prix at an exhibition in Paris.

Already in 1902, the winemakers of the prince’s farm were awarded the first prize of Emperor Alexander III “for the best Russian grape table wine”. Since 1917, viticulture has been nationalized.

Since 1949, the wines “Naddnipryanske”, “Velvet of Ukraine” and “Pearl of the Steppe” have become a business card of Ukraine. These wines were delivered even to the British royal court.

The total area of ​​Prince Trubetsky’s vineyards is about 200 hectares. The history of Ukrainian winegrowers and winemakers was just beginning from this farm. People engaged in this business are not only devoted connoisseurs of their work, but also quite professionals in the grape business.


There are ten successful grape and wine farms in modern Ukraine. Among them: “Marquis de Lacaren”, “Cotnar”, “Don Alejandro Winery”, “Guliyev wines”, “Colonist”, “Baykush”, “V.Petrov”, “Chateau Chizai”, “Kurin” and of course “Vinorobne the household of Prince M.P. Trubetsky”.

The authorities of Ukraine also decided to celebrate the hard work of grape growers and winemakers, which is why on September 25, 2020, the President of Ukraine introduced a new holiday – the Day of Grape Growers and Winemakers. Its celebration was scheduled for the second Sunday of November. From now on, all winegrowers of Ukraine will have their professional holiday every year.

Interesting Facts

  • If wine bottles are stored in a vertical position, the cork will eventually dry out. This will lead to the appearance of cracks through which oxygen will enter, the drink will oxidize and lose its characteristics.
  • Until the second half of the 17th century, the appearance of bubbles in wine was considered a defect that provokes fermentation. But later, winemakers began to deliberately seek to increase their number, because the sparkling drink quickly gained popularity among wealthy people.
  • There is “ice” wine in the world. Grapes frozen on the vine are used to make this drink. For real “ice” wine, only berries that are frozen naturally, and not subjected to artificial heat treatment, are suitable. The cost of a bottle of such dessert wine is from 30 to 50 dollars.
  • The oldest wine produced in Europe and preserved to this day is Jerez de la Frontera. It was made in 1775 in Spain. Now 5 bottles are stored in the Crimean museum in the “Masandra” collection.
  • The 1947 Château Cheval Blanc is considered to be the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at a Geneva auction for $304,375. It was purchased by a fan of this drink who wished to remain anonymous.

Day of grape growers, winemakers and gardeners of Ukraine in history

  • 1896
    In 1896, Prince Trubetsky planted the first vines of future vineyards in the Kozatske estate (Kherson region).
  • 1900
    In 1900, at an exhibition in Paris, the world winemaking society awarded the Trubetsky farm with the Grand Prix award.
  • 1902
    In 1902, the winemakers of the prince’s farm were awarded the first prize of Emperor Alexander III “for the best Russian grape table wine.”
  • 1917
    Since 1917, viticulture has been nationalized.
  • 1949
    Since 1949, the wines “Naddnipryanske”, “Velvet of Ukraine” and “Pearl of the Steppe” have become a business card of Ukraine.
  • 2020
    September 25
    The President of Ukraine introduced a new holiday – the Day of the Grape Grower and Winemaker. Its celebration was scheduled for the second Sunday of November.

Frequent Questions and answers on the Day of grape growers, winemakers and gardeners of Ukraine

Why is so much attention paid to the aroma of wine?

Half the fun of drinking wine is the smell. A glass of wine can have a different combination of fruity and floral aromas. The aroma can change depending on how long the wine has been uncorked. A glass of wine can contain thousands of chemical compounds that are constantly interacting. This is mainly due to the interaction of oxygen with the wine.

Who is a sommelier?

This is an expert who has wine tasting skills, knowledge about its production, varieties, storage, serving and compatibility with other drinks and food.

How to properly open sparkling wine?

First, you need to remove the muesle from the bottle (it is a dart that holds the cork on the bottle). On sparkling wine, the cork will remain in place, but it must be opened carefully. We support the cork with our thumb. We hold it in place and rotate the bottle. When you feel that the cork is almost out, tilt it at 45 degrees, you will hear a slight hissing sound.

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How to celebrate the Day of grape growers, winemakers and gardeners of Ukraine?

This day was created to honor hard work and celebrate the best in what they do. Since this holiday is “young” in Ukraine, special events have not yet arisen. However, without a doubt, festive events will be held and new traditions will be introduced.


  1. Among them can be tastings of Ukrainian wines, excursions to famous wineries, meetings with experts in the field of wine and grapes.
  2. For professionals, you can come up with a mini-tour of the vineyards, or a trip to historical places with an overnight stay in one of the hotels at the vineyards.

Why is this day important?

Every work should be evaluated. Every employee should know that people recognize his work and that all his efforts were not in vain.

Vineyards and wine farms are becoming an increasingly important part of Ukraine’s economy.

That is why the work of professionals should be properly evaluated and thereby encourage young people to be interested in the craft of winemaking. After all, the future development of the country depends on every citizen.

When will we celebrate? Day of grape growers, winemakers and gardeners of Ukraine?

Year Date Weekday
2021 November 14 Sunday
2022 November 13 Sunday
2023 November 12 Sunday
2024 November 10 Sunday
2025 November 9 Sunday

Day of the grape grower and winemaker

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