Known as the bread basket of Europe, Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain producers. Even their flag symbolizes the blue skies shining over the golden wheat fields. With their large amount of fertile land it’s no surprise that Ukraine is a sizeable and notable wine producing nation. In fact, during the Cold War Ukraine was the largest producer of wine for the USSR and after the Iron Curtain fell their wines became renowned internationally. Despite its cold winters Ukraine has very warm summers and is mostly a temperate climate which is ideal for growing wine. The main growing regions of Ukraine include Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Transcarpathia and Crimea. Ukrainian wineries grow over 170 different varietals and produce red, white, sparkling and fortified wines. Ukraine boast an impressive and bountiful grape portfolio indigenous to its land. In fact, most of the grape varieties grown in Ukraine are native to Ukraine. Odessky Cherny, Sukholimansky Bely, and Bastardo Magarachsky, to name a few, are some of the most widely grown native varietals in Ukraine. Popular international varietals such as Aligoté, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot are all grown in Ukraine with the Georgian grape Rkatsiteli being the most popular. So if you’re enjoying some fresh cabbage rolls, borscht or varenyky raise your glass and cheers by saying “Budmo!” for Ukraine has a perfect wine for any meal or occasion. P.S "Hey!"
41.98 million (2019)
603,628 sq km (233,062 sq mi)