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The winners of Bolgrad Wine Fest – 2020


Instead of a large-scale folk festival with an abundance of national dishes and a variety of Bessarabian wines, an online festival was held. The Rkatsiteli wine of 2018 by Oleg Kosenko (“IZMAIL WINE”, Izmail) won the highest rating.


The only festival event that took place “offline” was the tasting of wine samples presented at the festival by amateur winemakers.

This year 99 samples from 19 winemakers from several districts of the Odessa region were submitted for tasting. However, for evaluation by the tasting committee, 92 samples were allowed to participate in the competition and one out of competition.

Having tasted the presented samples of young wines and wines of the past, the commission came to the conclusion that the skill of Ukrainian winemakers is growing every year. All members of the tasting committee noted that both the quality of the wines and the approach of their authors to their favorite business pleasantly surprised them and clearly demonstrated their progress.

An objective indicator of the high quality of the wines presented for blind tasting was the decision to award diplomas for high quality all wines that scored 8 points and above, of which there were quite a lot this year

As a result, the winners of Bolgrad Wine Fest – 2020 are:


In the category “Young Wines”:

  • Sukholimanskoe – Zhivora Yuri (Izmail).
  • Sauvignon Blanc – “IZMAIL_WINE” Kosenko Oleg (Izmail).
  • Aligote – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Muscat Ottonel – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Cabernet in white – “IZMAIL_WINE” Kosenko Oleg (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Merlot – Kara Sergey (Bolgrad).
  • Merlot – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).
  • Odessa black – Zhivora Yuri (Izmail).

In the category “Wines of the past”:

  • Chardonnay 2019 – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – “IZMAIL_WINE” Kosenko Oleg (Izmail).
  • Rkatsiteli 2018 – “IZMAIL_WINE” Kosenko Oleg (Izmail). Riesling 2018 – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Pinot Noir 2013 – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Merlot 2019 – Ivan Koychev (Krinichnoe village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Cabernet Franc 2016 – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).
  • Fetyaska Nyagre 2012 – “CURDOV” Kurdov Stepan (Bolgrad).
  • Saperavi 2019 – Sergey Beletsky
  • Odessa black 2019 – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).

The following were recognized as diploma winners:


In the category “Young Wines”:

  • Cabernet in white – “WINECRAFT” Andrey Nadvorny, Vadim Mosienko (Teplodar).
  • Cabernet Merlot – Oleg Merzhev (the village of Karakurt, Bolgradsky District).
  • Merlot – Zhivora Yuri (Izmail).
  • Odessa black – Kirchikov Ivan (village of Krinichnoe, Bolgradsky district).
  • Odessa black – Zhelyaskov Valery (village Krinichnoe, Bolgradsky district).
  • Odessa black – Sergey Beletsky (Mayaki village, Belyaevsky district).
  • Odessa black – Kara Sergey (Bolgrad).
  • Odessa black – “MANZUL WINEHOUSE” Manzul Eduard (village of Limanka (Mizikevich), Ovidiopol district)
  • Odessa black – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).

In the category “Wines of the past”:

  • Chardonnay 2019 – Sergey Beletsky (Mayaki village, Belyaevsky district).
  • Chardonnay 2019 – Kirchikov Ivan (Krinichnoe village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Rkatsiteli 2019 – Ivan Koychev (Krinichnoe village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Rkatsiteli 2019 – Zhivora Yuri (Izmail).
  • Riesling 2019 – Ivan Koychev (Krinichnoye village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Cabernet 2019 – “WINECRAFT” Andrey Nadvorny, Vadim Mosienko (Teplodar).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Zhivora Yuri (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Zhivora Vasily (Izmail).
  • Cabernet Merlot 2018 – Ivan Koychev (Krinichnoe village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Cabernet Merlot 2017 – Ivan Koychev (Krinichnoe village, Bolgradsky district).
  • Saperavi 2018 – Wine cellar “VINARIA” of the Polshakovs (Izmail).

The Rkatsiteli wine of 2018 by Oleg Kosenko (“IZMAIL_WINE”, Izmail) won the highest rating during the tasting. So it can be safely called the best wine of the past wine festival.

We would like to add that special Diplomas will be awarded to Natalya Shestova (Izmail), Sergey Gagauz (Kubey village, Bolgradskiy district) and Mikhail Fuchedzhi (Kubey village, Bolgradskiy district) for regular and steady maintenance of the regional brand – wine “Odessa Black”.

The organizers will hand over to the laureates and diploma winners of the festival diplomas and prizes of the festival.