Gourmet routes: Odessa region. North

Recently we wrote that the RDS group created a unique “Gourmet Routes” project, including a gastronomic map and guide. We are interested in discovering which locations of the nothern part of the Odessa region entered this year’s guide.

Craft-style and tasty — that is how you can briefly describe Ukrainian farms and small food and drink producers.

The “Gourmet Routes. 100 Craft Locations of Ukraine” guide lists 100 local craft companies producing wine, cheese, honey, beer, meat, vegetables, fruits, snails, and oysters. At each of the locations, a traveller can get a tour and a tasting session, meet the farmers, and see how organic products are made. 

And the gastro map of Odessa region craft producers will help gourmet tourists to familiarize themselves with foods and drinks right where they are produced, and the producers — to find admirers for their products.

Odessa region. North

Kozy Ta Matrosy’

Mykolaivka village

Children will like this cosy farm, as they will see an entire zoo here: goats, pigs, chicken, and peacocks. Guided tours to greenhouses where organic vegetables grow are offered. Visitors may use local glampings.

Maryan and Natalia Shevchenko’ winery

Biliayivka village

And another important popular location of the city is the Marian and Natalia Shevchenko Family Winery, which has become a kind of legend and iconic place in winemaking circles. After all, in 2016, the President of Ukraine signed the Law on the abolition of the license fee for winemakers.

The family of wine-makers is famous for their wines not merely in Odesa region, but also beyond the borders of Ukraine. They produce home-made wine from European varieties of grapes. The hosts are very friendly and happy to guide tours and offer wine tastings for visitors.


Kudriavka village

Odessa, sea, wine, and cheese! Oleksandr Dobrozhanskyi uses only fresh milk, ferment, calf pepsin and salt to make cheese — there are no other ingredients.

Vynkhol Oksamytne’ (‘Villa Tinta’ TM)

Oksamytove village

Grape and wine farm of ‘Vynhol Oksamytne’ was founded in 1998 in Oksamytne village of Bolhrad rayon in Odesa oblast. 120 years ago, on this same spot, there was wine chateaux of Count Davydov. The wines are now made of the grapes growing on the shore of Lake Yalpuh in Danube Bessarabia.

V.Petrov winery

Strumok village

Owners of the estate are the Petrov family who learnt from wine-makers in France, Italy, Spain, and even New Zealand. They position their products as Ukraine’s first organic wine. The Petrovs explain the high quality of wine by the location of the vineyards: Strumok village is on the same geographical parallel with the French province of Bordeaux. Tasting includes white and red dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines.

Naturalna Oilya dlia Vsiyei Rodyny (‘Natural vegatable oil for entire family’)


In Chornomorsk, you can taste true vegetable oil. Though they use a special recipe to make it, so it is a 100% craft product. Besides, there are so many types of the oil: flax-seed, sesame, pumpkin-seed, hemp, cedar, coconut, etc. There are also a lot of byproducts to try.

Brynzarnya’ hotel

Prymorske village

Owners of ‘Brynzarnia’ are members of the international Slow Food movement opposing the Fast Food concept. They are convinced that only pollution-free rural produce should be used in cooking, and a dinner is more than absorbing calories, it is a true ritual. The specialty here is a delicious goat cheese made of high-quality milk produced by the local herd.

Discover all the gastro map here

Have a delicious travel!

Ukraine Everywhere: Kharkiv School of Photography

Ukraine Everywhere is the interdisciplinary programme of the Ukrainian Institute to showcase Ukraine’s contribution to the world culture via online projects. “Kharkiv School of Photography: Soviet Censorship to New Aesthetics”: an online archive of late Soviet and post-Soviet photography with research materials and photo stories goes public.

Cover photo: Roman Pyatkovka. The Maternity Ward, 1989. Courtesy of VASA Project

The online resource “Kharkiv School of Photography: Soviet Censorship to New Aesthetics”, created within the programme #UkraineEverywhere. It is the largest online archive of the most famous Ukrainian photographic movement – the Kharkiv School of Photography.

The post-Soviet viewer is not always ready to accept the stark visual language of this school, its outright boldness, and the issues it raises (lives of the homeless, outspoken masculine corporeality, dilapidating post-Soviet hospitals, etc.). The school develops the concept of visual “blow” that was conceived in the 1930s by German and Soviet masters of visual art. The historian Bohdan Shumylovych notes that “in this feature of Kharkiv photography researchers often saw the revival of the aesthetics of Dadaism.” Tetiana Pavlova terms KSP “green avant-garde” as opposed to the “red avant-garde” of the 1920s.

Guennadi Maslov. 1990. Courtesy of VASA Project

If we were to analyze the whole image and style of the Kharkiv photo school (known as ‘brutal’), we would clearly see the green hippie line running through it. Naturalization, or natural instinct behaviors, were the main principles of this period.

Tetiana Pavlova
Konstantin Melnik. The end of 1980s. Tatiana and Evgeniy Pavlov Archive

The viewer of Kharkiv photographers’ oeuvre will learn not only about the artistic processes but also, say, how the urban environment in Ukraine has developed for the last half-century – from cultural spaces to ordinary everyday life; how the canon of beauty and the masculinity and femininity concepts interpretation transformed in the post-Soviet territory; why, even in modern Ukraine, the body is a metaphor for the boundaries of individuality and personality, a trigger of “public morals”. The non-conformist artists existed under the strict control of the Soviet system, but they managed to wriggle from under and establish contact with European art movements despite the Iron Curtain.

Vladimir Starko. Untitled. 1980s. Courtesy of VASA Project
Misha Pedan. Untitled, 1980s. Courtesy of VASA Project

The very term “school” is being debated today, as these associations of Kharkiv photographers were informal. However, it was under this name, the Kharkiv School of Photography, that this movement entered the history of modern Ukrainian visual art.

Anatoly Makienko. Autumn, 1990s. Courtesy of VASA Project
Grigory Okun. Untitled, 1980s. Tatiana and Evgeniy Pavlov Archive

The project curator is Igor Manko, a second KSP generation artist. Project partners: VASA Project and MOKSOP (the Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography). The project is implemented by Bagels & Letters PR Agency and is part of the Ukrainian Institute #UkraineEverywhere programme for presenting Ukraine’s visual culture online.

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Its mission is to strengthen Ukraine’s international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. The Ukrainian Institute facilitates international connections between people and institutions and creates opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

French EDF involved in the construction of new nuclear power plants in Ukraine

Ukraine plans to cooperate with the French Electricite de France SA (EDF) in the construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the country. It was announced by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Rostislav Shurma following recent talks with the French delegation in Kyiv.

We are talking about the construction of new units. Of course, these units will be independent of Russia both in terms of fuel and technology. We had talks about mobile nuclear reactors, there were talks about fuel storage technologies,” he said on TV “Rada” (26 January 2022).

We have big plans for the development of nuclear energy both in the framework of the “green transition” and in the framework of expanding electricity consumption. We are currently working out a program of cooperation with EDF. Details will be announced later.

Rostislav Shurma, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine

EDF operates more than 70 nuclear reactors, including 58 in France, and is one of the world’s largest nuclear power plant operators. In addition, EDF owns stakes in generating companies in many countries in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, China, India and Morocco.

Ukraine exported 5.13 million/ton of sunflower oil in 2021

Exports of sunflower oil from Ukraine in quantity terms decreased by 15.2% in 2021 compared to 2020, to 5.13 million tonnes, while in monetary terms exports increased by 20%, to $6.38 billion, according to preliminary data published on the website of the Ukroliyaprom association.

According to preliminary information, in general, in 2021, Ukraine exported oil and fat products worth $8.56 billion (19.6% more compared to 2020), which is 12.6% of total exports of goods from Ukraine and 30.9% of its exports of agricultural and food products.

Structure of exports of oil and fat products from Ukraine:

  • vegetable oil – 74.6%
  • sunflower meal – 14.9%
  • soybean oil – 3.4%
  • soybean meal – 3.0%
  • rapeseed oil – 2.6%
  • margarine – 1.1%

According to Ukroliyaprom, the main importing countries of Ukrainian sunflower oil in 2021 were:

  • EU countries (32%)
  • India (30.5%)
  • China (15.3%)
  • Iraq (5.1%)

Among the EU countries, the Netherlands (10.6% of total exports), Spain (7.4%), Italy (5.0%), France (3.0%) and the UK (2.7%) imported the most Ukrainian vegetable oil.

What do we know about Odessa Champagne Factory?

According to the most common legend that sounds in our city, Heinrich Roederer himself, whose name the production then bore, to put it mildly, did not like champagne very much. But Odessa in those days was a rapidly developing city, a huge number of people came here. Odessans organised receptions and balls, the symbol of which was champagne. Not much has changed since then.

Champagne was constantly lacking, especially for young ladies. So it was decided, as a gift to women, to open a similar enterprise in Odessa. It is very symbolic that the creation of the enterprise was officially approved on March 8. The first chapter of the “South Russian Society of Winemaking Heinrich Roederer in Odessa” was formally approved by Emperor Nicholas II of Russia on March 8, 1896.

Heinrich Roederer set out to create his own “Champagne” in Odessa – with the taste of France and he succeeded.

Photo of the group of founders of the South Russian “Henry Roederer”. Source: Mykhaylenko Anna, Dontsova Tetyana. “The road to recognition: Pages of the history of the Odessa Champagne Factory (XIX-XXI) in two parts

As you may know, French Boulevard is an area where wealthy people of Odessa society once built summer cottages. True, sometimes they had very peculiar ideas about dachas: there was a brick factory nearby, a little further – a winery with the same name “French Boulevard”, they say that Anatra first assembled his aircraft here, and Wilhelm Sanzenbacher prepared the best beer in the empire at his factory, and also here was located an anonymous society of owners of tram cars.

The Heinrich Roederer Wine Society of the South Russian Wine Society was built in just one and a half years from 1898 to 1899. The project was designed by French architect Charles Boysch, Arthur Lewicks oversaw the work, and architects Wey and Schenker were responsible for the work.

The plant was built on the model of foreign companies, with all the equipment needed for the production of champagne, as well as with spacious cellars, which consisted of two floors. The industrial complex, in addition to the cellars for long-term storage of two million bottles, includes the main building, which produces wine, as well as its own power plant. The entrance to the plant is decorated with a magnificent brick arch.

The factory was separated from the street by a fence in the same style of the Lombard Renaissance, and the letters “F” and “R”, meaning France and the Russian Empire, were placed on the gates of the gate. In general, the plant has a bright look, which is more in line with the best country than industrial construction.

Photo: archexplorer
Photo: archexplorer
Photo: archexplorer

Initially, primarily French people worked here, French equipment and French wine materials were used. Even the wire from which the muesli was made (cork bridle) was supplied from France. The high quality of the wines of the Odessa plant was awarded in 1904 the medal of the World’s Fair in Paris, and in 1910 – the Grand Silver Medal of the Imperial Society of Agriculture of Russia.

On the territory of the plant grows its oak peer, and the main building is 9 meters underground. The cellar used to be used for storing wooden barrels and bottles, but progress has taken its toll, modern thermoregulation shops have appeared, and dungeons have ceased to be used for their intended purpose. During the war, it served as a bomb shelter and a workshop for repairing aircraft of a separate 69th Air Regiment, and is now flooded.

The sculpture of the goddess of wine and fertility Demeter, towering over the main entrance to the factory building, also has its own history. The statue allegedly has a portrait resemblance to the wife of Heinrich Rederer, whose photographs were found in the archives. Some employees respectfully call the goddess the “white lady”, and the statue has become a kind of talisman of the plant. To appease the lady, she is regularly given “cosmetic procedures” – they are skinned and painted.

With each decade the plant`s products received more awards, medals and consumer’s love. Before the First World War, the company had 35 workers and employees.

In 1917 Lenin came to power. On February 6, 1918, the Odessa City Council received a statement that the factory at 32 French Boulevard, with all services and offices, was completely destroyed. The people rushed to stocks and cellars. Officially, since 1918, the plant was nationalized and then completely closed.

The revival of the enterprise for the production of champagne and sparkling wines began in 1948.

Photo 1951 Source: Mikhailenko Anna, Dontsova Tatiana
Photo 1950 Source: Mikhailenko Anna, Dontsova Tatiana

According to another legend, in 1945 Stalin personally instructed the Soviet people to drink only champagne on Victory Day. No one knows for sure whether such an order was given, but the holiday was really celebrated with “Soviet Champagne”.

On April 1, 1950, the plant was finally launched, and on March 8, 1952, the first bottles of Soviet Champagne rolled off its assembly line. The factory did not stop its activities, being one of the leaders in the world of sparkling wines.

Odessa scored the second place for tourist tax revenues in Ukraine

Odessa region earned more than 26 million hryvnias in tourist fees for the year. It yielded only to the capital in terms of the number of visitors.

This was reported by the press service of the State Tourism Development Agency.

In 2021, Ukraine earned 244 million in tourism fees. This is 86.8% more than in 2020. Kyiv, thanks to such revenues, replenished the budget by 68 million hryvnias.

Odessa region earned 26.8 million hryvnia, Lviv region – 23 million hryvnia, Kyiv region – 15.3 million hryvnia, Zakarpattia region is in fifth place – 11.7 million hryvnia.

Of the 244 million collected by legal entities, 154 million were paid, FLP – 90 million.

Most of the tourists were expected in summer and autumn. Ukrainians paid a tourist tax of UAH 30, and foreigners paid UAH 300.

The number of foreigners who came to Ukraine in 2021 increased by 26.3% – this is more than 4 million per year.

“Deep Water” by Anna Dudko won an award at the PIAFF, Paris International Animation Film Festival

The animation film “Deep Water” by Ukrainian director Anna Dudko, created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, won the prize of the Horizon Jury of the 14th Paris International Animation Festival (PIAFF).

A tale about a smooth and lonely Middle-aged Mermaid who lives at the bottom of a lake and has the magical ability to look through the water for thousands of miles. Her favourite pastime is spying on people through water pipes. One day, during such a spying, the mermaid falls in love with a man, and blinded by passion, comes to his apartment to satisfy her burning desires.

We were unanimous. We love how this film is about women’s desires and pleasures: with sensuality, poetry and lightness.

PIAFF journal

Anna Dudko was born in 1996 in the Zhytomyr region. In 2017, she received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at National Transport University, Kyiv. She studied animation at the studio Chervoniy Sobaka. Her previous film SAMA SOBI TUT was selected for the special programme Best of Stars of Students, Hiroshima 2020, and won the Grand Prix of the Kinoohliad Festival 2019 (Kyiv).

Other awards:

  • Molodist International Film Festival 2021 – Winner National Competition Special Jury Diploma
  • Kinosaray Positive Film Festival 2021 – Winner Grand Prix
  • BRUKIVKA International Film Festival 2021 – Anna Dudko, For an unexpectedly deep approach to love story

Free and open to all, the Animation Film Festival of Paris proposes to (re)discover the diversity and the richness of the independent, national and international animated creation, in short format. The festival presents a diverse exploration of the cinema of animation through projections, meetings and discovery workshops. The festival highlights the creators students, professionals and amateurs seeking to make themselves known and to obtain the opinion of the public.

Director and screenwriter – Anna Dudko, producers – Elena Golubeva and Ksenia Efanova (Animation Studio “Red Dog”). The film was created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency.

Icebreaker “Noosphere” headed from Odessa to Antarctica

On January 28, the flagship of the Ukrainian research fleet, the icebreaker “Noosphere”, set off on its maiden voyage to Antarctica.

Photo: National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine Facebook page

The date – January 28 – was not chosen by chance, and after all, this day in 1820 is considered the date of the discovery of Antarctica. Director of the National Antarctic Research Center Evgeniy Dikiy said this at an event dedicated to this event.

The vessel crew consists of 26 people – Ukrainian and foreign specialists who previously worked for the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists will also board it to conduct all the planned research along with the icebreaker to the Vernadsky Research Base.

First, the ship will have a long road to Chile, where the second group of scientists will board it and the team of the 27th Ukrainian expedition of polar explorers. Further through the Drake Strait, the icebreaker will also deliver cargo: from a year’s supply of provisions to building materials and equipment.

It is planned to continue the oceanographic research started by Ukraine in March-April 1997 and 1998 on the research ship “Ernst Krenkel”. The works are planned at three landfills: a landfill near the Argentine Islands, near Vernadsky (14 stations), the South Scottish landfill (21 stations in 7 sections), the South Orkney landfill (36 stations in 7 sections).

These areas have complex hydrophysical conditions that form the system of water masses of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere and high biodiversity. Here are the main migration routes of krill, fish, and whales.

During the passage, the icebreaker will conduct numerous scientific studies. Numerous biological studies are planned: the study of the content of global pollutants, such as mercury in bottom sediments, as well as geological, geospace and radio-ocean studies. In particular, high-precision radio receivers onboard will evaluate the parameters of ocean waves the direction and speed of currents within a radius of tens of kilometers from the ship. Together with the indicators of the ship’s weather station, this will improve the models of sea surface disturbances under different weather conditions and better predict them.

The flight will also open up new opportunities for the direction of powerful lightning, as the ship on its way to Antarctica will move near the main centers of world storms – African and South American. Thanks to the supersensitive LNG magnetometer on board, scientists will be able to monitor thunderstorms from Antarctica, as they have done for the past twenty years, and conduct research directly in tropical latitudes. This will significantly improve the accuracy and quality of global direction findings.

It is planned that “Noosphere” will cross the Antarctic Circle for the first time, reach Marguerite Bay on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, and after the completion of the scientific program, it will pick up the participants of the 26th expedition, which has been working at the Akademik Vernadsky station for almost a year, then through Chile and the Falkland islands will head for Odessa.

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