A winery in the middle of the steppe


Frumushika-Nova is both a winery and a name of a village in Bessarabia, in the middle of Europe’s largest steppe, an area of 23,000 ha. Once a Rumanian village which was destroyed in 1946 by Soviet authorities, it is now finally regaining its true potential.

In 2006 Alexander Palariev, father of current winemaker Vladimir, began constructing Frumushika-Nova winery with a rural tourism centre attached, reviving historical local craftsmanship traditions. The new centre was built on the destroyed village.

Unique terroir

“A rare climate, a rich history, a mixture of cultures and tastes makes Ukrainian Bessarabia a powerful gastronomic region in Eastern Europe,” says winemaker Vladimir Palariev.

Thanks to Bessarabia’s unique terroir – a lot of sun, strong winds and location in the middle of steppe allows to make wines as natural as possible. That allows grapes to maintain varrietal purity.

Frumushinka-Nova vineyards occupy almost 10 hectares of land. Varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as local Sukholymanskyi white, Citron Magarach (Citronny Magaracha) and Ukraine’s flagship Odesa Black are grown at the vineyard.

“Our winemaking is about quality, traceability and the use of modern principles of sustainability. Our vines are not treated with herbicides and pesticides, and in technology we also use only organic approaches to wine protection,” says Palariev.

The winemaker

Vladimir Palariev is a Ukrainian winemaker who has graduated Odesa National Academy of Food Technologies obtaining the master’s degree in winemaking. Vladimir has learned and practiced winemaking in many wineries around the world. As a result, he has a modern and creative approach to craft wines from both local and international grape varieties.


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