We all know the expression St. Bartholomew’s Night. And we read that the Musketeers stormed La Rochelle. It’s sad how people of the same language killed each other only because of their different faiths. But I don’t want to delve into this bloodshed. I will only say that in the end it provoked a massive resettlement of the French from Switzerland to the south of Ukraine.

200 years ago, there was a mass eviction of the Nogai and Tatars from the territory conquered by the Russian Empire from the Ottoman Empire. Unfortunately, as we now know, this was not the last deportation of the Tatars. Immigrants from Europe who came to their place received a lot of money and vine seedlings. It is important what grape varieties the immigrants from Switzerland brought with them. And it is very important that even now the traditions of winemaking and cognac making in the Odessa region are still continuing and flourishing.
Shabo cognac itself is inexpensive. There are many varieties of natural wine, mostly dry white, which is definitely in vogue now, especially with seafood, the Mediterranean diet, even for those who want to lose weight.

SHABO Wine Culture Center is a special tourist facility, which was created in 2009 on the basis of the Shabo winery. There are 1200 hectares of vineyards on the territory, modern production and history preserved in museums. During the excursion, guests are offered not only to see personally the process of making wines, but also to take part in a professional tasting. SHABO Wine Cultural Center is recognized as the discovery of the decade in the field of tourism, named the cultural heritage of Europe and included in the European map of wine museums.

Address: Odessa region, Belgorod-Dnestrovsky district, village Shabo, st. Swiss, 10 – Agree – sounds tempting. But book a tour in advance.


Photo of SHABO Wine Culture Center


SHABO Wine Cultural Center on map