In 2021 experts assessed more than 600 wines, each sample was assessed using 12 parameters. For the first time the assessment included the Wine of Russia category defined by the FZ-468 Federal Law.

Red wines

Red wines became the most represented category in the study: 214 samples were studied (twice as many as in previous years), of which 149 were dry wines. More than 70% showed compliance with the increased Roskachestvo standard (the maximum result in four years of research).

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Crimean wines
Thus, in the top ten dry red wines, the second and sixth places were taken by the Crimean wines from the Alma Valley winery, which had already received high marks from the experts of the "Wine Guide of Russia". This year the AV Cuvée line was marked − blended wines from three grape varieties. In turn, the semi-dry red Pinot Noir wine took "silver" in the rating of the best semi-dry red wines. At the same time, the first two places in the top 3 of the best semisweet went to the Chevalier Rouge semisweet red (Villa Krim) and the red ZB wine Bastardo semisweet.

White wines

In total, within the framework of the project, 192 samples of still white wines from Russian grapes were assessed (as well as for red wines, this was a record figure for four years of research), of which 131 samples were dry wines.

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"The first three best dry whites come from Crimea. The first place among white wines made from Russian grapes was taken by the Aligote Inkerman dry white wine with a protected geographical name "Crimea". In second place is dry white wine ZB wine Sauvignon Blanc with protected designation of origin "Crimea". The third position was taken by Chardonnay otbornoyeh (selected) dry white table wine (ESSE)," − the press service of Roskachestvo reported.

Besides, the top ten dry wines included dry Muscat white table wine (TM Perovskikh Estate from Sevastopol) and Kokur Solnechnaya Dolina (TM Solnechnaya Dolina dry white from eastern Crimea).

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The second place in the top 3 best semi-dry white wines was taken by the ZB wine Riesling semi-dry white. Crimean wines also took the TOP-3 places among the best semisweet white wines: Vesenneyeh (spring) Wine semisweet white (from Alma Valley), Muscat semisweet white (Inkerman) and Muscat Ottonel table semisweet white of the Bakkal Su series (Dom Zakharyinykh winery).

"We can confirm with concrete figures and data in hand, that a number of wine producers from domestic grapes have achieved technological excellence and mastery of winemakers, which allow us to annually produce large volumes of inexpensive and very worthy wine, regardless of climatic disasters and other external factors. Wine made from Russian grapes annually adds quality, and we have something to tell our customers today," Olesya Bunyayeva, director of the Roskachestvo wine production research department said, as quoted by the press service. 

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The press service also noted that a rating of the best sparkling wines for the New Year will appear in December.