Yalta To Introduce a Theater of Wine in July
Kyiv, June 16, 2011. The first in Ukraine Wine Theater will open in July, 2011, in South Ukrainian Yalta [Crimean peninsula – ed.]. The museum of wine production displaying over 800 wine industry artifacts is expected to be the main attraction of the Theater. The idea of the Theater is to introduce the history and philosophy of wine to broader audiences.
The ancient building in downtown Yalta will provide several halls for the Theater. One of the halls will be used for screening of the 25-minute film on wine production in Crimea, general history and philosophy of wine. 150 year old wine boot and antique jars will be among the showpieces of the exhibition at the Wine Theater Museum. A slide show and a video will accompany the exhibition.
The Theater will be equipped with several degustation halls where the visitors will be able to taste Crimean fine wines. The biggest wine degustation hall will also offer classic wine appetizers at the antique buffet. The halls of the Theater will be adorned with the paintings by famous Crimean artists, while the windows of the venue will be made of wine bottle stained glass.
‘The philosophy of wine is beautiful, we would like to share it with the people,’ said one of the authors of the Wine Theater idea Pavlo Makogon. In the summer months the Theater is expected to attract the tourists vacationing in the region, and during the off season the site will continue its work as a themed degustation venue and host sommelier schools.
The wine industry in Ukraine is a traditional, well-established production, with brands exported to the neighboring countries, the countries of the European Union and North America. The significant wine-growing regions of Ukraine are Balaklava (Crimea), Bessarabia, Carpathian Ruthenia; Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, and Odesa regions.
Wine production culture on the territory of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea reaches back to 4th century BC. Monks started making wine in the Northern Ukraine only in the 11th century AD. A large winery was established near Yalta in 1820. Eight years later the Magarach viticulture research institute was founded in the city.