As the press service of Massandra told the Travel Portal of Crimea, the work is carried out by the winegrowers and helping students.
"Now we have just the beginning of the work, at this stage we have enough staff workers and helping students. Students from St. Petersburg work in Sudak, students from Tomsk work in Alushta, students from Vologda work in the Taurida branch. They work not only in grape harvesting, they also come to tie up green vine shoots. In a word, they participate in all kinds of the field works. When the season comes and there is a need for additional hands, we usually invite already experienced work teams from different parts of Russia", − the press service told us.
Tourists also have the opportunity to study the work process from the inside. This is, of course, not about harvesting on a full-time basis, but about a try to deeper understand the process itself. Remember how barefooted Adriano Celentano in the "The Taming of the Shrew" movie danced crushing grapes with his feet? In this tour Massandra offers the tourists to follow the example of the famous actor and try this role on.
"For tourists we arrange do-it-yourself tours as a part of their holiday during the harvesting campaign. They can take many forms. For example, it can be a quest or team-building for grapes gathering, when guests of the winery collect and then crush grapes, all this under the supervision of an experienced coach. The two fields were selected to conduct such tours: near the village of Morskoye and near Alushta. We wait for the ripening of grapes and then invite guests", – they said at the company’s press-service.
After working in the vineyards the technical part of the tour is over and the group goes to the tasting room. The guests are offered unique wine samples from the wine cellars, so that everyone can personally evaluate taste and aroma of the wines.
Massandra is one of the oldest wineries in Russia. It has been founded in 1894 by Prince Lev Golitsyn. The vineyards of the company occupy the area of about 4 thousand hectares. The Massandra wine collection is one of the largest in the world (more than a million bottles) and the richest in variety.