Grand Palace sparkling wines are produced in St. Petersburg according to the Russian method.
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In the middle of the 19th century French champagne became very popular among the aristocrats, the nobles and the military in Russia. Big volumes of champagne were imported by Russia from France, making Russia the world’s second largest market in terms of champagne consumption and remained as such until 1917.
In 1878 domestic production of sparkling wine in Russia was established in the Crimea based on its original technology. It was prince Lev Golitsyn who built the first Russian factory of sparkling wines in his Crimean estate Novyi Svet. He was so successful, that in 1889 his sparkling wine won the Gold Medal at the Paris exhibition in the nomination for sparkling wine.
Efforts were made to introduce sparkling wine to a general public. To achieve this goal, a former winemaker of the prince Golitsyn estate Anton Frolov-Bagreev developed a new production technology. By this method, the secondary fermentation now takes place in steel tanks with special rings, where the wine slowly circulates and becomes clear before it is bottled. This technology made it possible to complete the fermentation process within 26 days.
The method was further improved and made more economical in 1953 by professor Georgy Agabalyants. The process of continuous fermentation is also called the Russian method. In 1975, the French company Moët & Chandon bought a licence for production of sparkling wine by the continuous method.
Grand Palace sparkling wines are produced in St. Petersburg according to the Russian method. In the former days, when St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia as well as its political, diplomatic and cultural centre, sparkling wine was flowing freely at banquets and glittering balls in beautiful palaces on the banks of the Neva River.
Saint Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. Situated on the Neva River, it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great who was interested in seafaring and maritime affairs and intended to have Russia gain a seaport in order to be able to trade with other maritime nations.
In 1703 Peter the Great laid down the Peter and Paul Fortress, which became the first brick and stone building of the new city. Peter moved the capital from Moscow to Saint Petersburg in 1712, since then St. Petersburg played a vital role in Russian history. It was the seat of the Romanov dynasty and the Imperial Court of the Russian Tsars, as well as the capital of the Russian empire until 1917.
The 18th and 19th century architectural ensemble of the city and its environs is preserved in virtually unchanged form. Due to various reasons, Saint Petersburg has become a unique reserve of European architectural styles of the past three centuries.
Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them housed in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. The Russian Museum is a large museum devoted specifically to Russian fine art.
Among the city's more than fifty theatres is the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, home to the Mariinsky ballet and opera company. In Saint Petersburg there are also numerous parks and gardens, including one of the largest English gardens in Europe in Pavlovsk. The Summer Garden is the oldest one, dating back to the early 18th century and designed in the regular style. It is situated on the southern bank of the Neva river at the head of the Fontanka river and is famous for its cast iron railing and marble sculptures. With its numerous rivers and canals spanned by graceful bridges, the city is known as “Venice of the North”; it is also called “Palmyra of the North” due to its classical aspect.
Saint Petersburg is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as an area with 36 historical architectural complexes and around 4000 outstanding individual monuments of architecture, history and culture. Every year this magnificent and amiable city attracts millions of visitors from every corner of the world.
The goods are exported directly from the winery in St. Petersburg.
The sparkling wines are delivered to the port of St. Petersburg for further shipments across the globe (CIF).
Since 2016 Grand Palace sparkling wines are sold across China.
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