The winery was founded

in 1928

This was the year when production facility had been founded on the basis of wine cellars of Karaim winetrader Yufud Kokush.

Wine cellars

of Yufud Kokush

The cellars of Kokush were situated at Baarnaya street not far from then newly restored medieval town gates.

In the beginning of 20th century Bazarnaya street was a trade center of Evpatoria. This kind of arrangement had been since middle ages when the town had the name of Gezlev. As a majority of ancient settlement, back then Evpatoria was separated into trade/craft and residential areas. Town dwellers lived within the town perimeter and conducted trade beyond town walls. The main fortified gates were the wooden Gates of bazaar. The space in front of them was filled with inns, coffee houses, shops and stores.

Later the trading purpose of this place expanded. 3 new markets had emerged. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a street from fortress gates to the East had formed, which was rightfully named by its purpose, Bazarnaya. It mostly had two-storey jewish-style buildings. Even though the street was relatively short (no more than 500 meters), it was literally  stuffed with stores and warehouses. Here were groceries, gastronomies, wineries, ironmongery, manufactory and many other shops of different kinds.

The cellars of Yufud Kokush were in substantial house with ceilings of 4 meters high and total area no less than 200 square meters.

The Evpatoria's archive has
a guide-book around Crimea, dated by 1912,
with the advertisement of wine trader Kokush:

THE STORE

of south shore wines, Bazarnaya street

Wine: White table wine, Red table wine, Port wine,

Muscat Lunel, Malaga, Bordeaux, Muscat-juice, Muscat dry,

Church wine, Tokaj, Riesling, Marcel

Bazarnaya street preserved its trade purpose during the Soviet Era. However, after yet another Communist party congress in December 1927 the dusk of New Economic Policy started. It meant collectivization for villages. For the cities it meant the erradication of prvivate-owned business.

Evpatoria went along with its country. Trade artels had been thriving in the city, however in 1928 the citizens were already experiencing the shortage of goods. City records of that time show total desertion of Bazarnaya street – it had lost its purpose as a trade center. The stores were closed due to goods shortage. The city records dated by 1928 contain the following statement: «the demand for table wine is increased, but there is no sufficient supply from the wine manufacturers».

During all times the citizens were supplied with wine by

«Wine and fish» artel

This strange name is easy to understand if you take into consideration that it included wine cellars of Yufud Kokush as well as a fish store of trader Karayanov (before 1927 these two stores were neighbours on Bazarnaya street). However pretty soon it became clear that trade artels were unable to saturate the market with the goods and the sate decided to take the trade under its control. According to the example of most recent past, the wine and fish artel was renamed into Krymvinkombinat (Crimea wine combinate), and «fish suffix» was lost in history…

Evpatoria

Krymvinkombinat

The bulk of Evpatoria production facility was initially called Evpatoria branch of Krymvinkombinat. In 1928 Evpatoria winery occupied buildings no. 40, 42, 44, 46 and 53 on Bazarnaya street. A building no. 15 on a neighboring Khozyaistvennaya street, there used to be a wine station where grape primary processing took place. In 1945 there still could be found some abandoned equipment on the yard of this station, and after it was taken elsewhere later on,  there would never be any wine production facility on Khozyaistvennaya street anymore. Only the main buildong of Krymvinkombinat was left on bazarnaya street…

Until 1930-ies the Evpatoria wine makers were importing wine stock mostly from South and East regions of Crimea. At the end of 1920-ies the vineyard planting in the steppe regions was initiated, which allowed for having local raw materials for winemaking.

At the end of 1930-ies, the grape crops from vineyards was processed by two grape primary processing stations: in Freidorf and in Evpatoria on Khozyaistvennaya street. The materials processed in these stations were then transported to central plant on Bazarnaya street, where there administrative part, laboratory and bottling facility were.

Fate of the winery

during 1941-1945

Between 1941-45 much of the industry of Evpatoria was destroyed, Evpatoria winery however remained standing, albeit very damaged. There even were remained 44 thousand liters of pre-war wine in Kokush cellars! The vineyard, however was rendered useless almost completely…

Due to neecessity to develop its manufacturing process correctly from the very beginning of its existence Evpatoria winery expanded its territory. Between 1945 and 1960 the new cellar, new bottling facility amd new storage on Bazarnaya street were built, new storeys were built too, but it did not prove to be sufficient to accomodate the rate of growth of the winery. Therefore, starting from 1960, the winery had been working on creating new production complex. In 1972 году Evpatoria vinery had finished the spacier (according to the standards of current time) production complex, which was referred to by workers as the Head facility, on the same place where the winery stands nowadays. With the launch of the new production facility, the bottling in the city center had stopped and the old production facility was removed.

During its entire existence after the war, during 1950-80-ies, the winery had a major role in the economy of the city. Winery sustained catastrophical damage due to infamous antialcohol campaign of 1985-1986, when the winery almost completely stopped the production of grape wine. In fifteen years after these events and during the turbulent 90-ies the winery workers were struggling for survival.

The backbone of the Evatoria winery's professionals had been working here for decades. Many technologists came to work here right upon graduating from universities and did not switch jobs, while experiencing and sharing the history of the winery. Few dozens veterans of production have been working here for 30-40 years and many of them remained loyal to the winery even during difficult 90-ies, while working not so much for a salary, but for the winery to survive.

Rebirth of Evpatoria winery

2002

The winery rebirth came in 2002 along with the strategic investor. This event became a major milestone for the company: production facilities were rebuilt and modernized, own raw material source was increased, the new vineyards were planted and innovation became one of the top priorities of the winery.

During the last 15 years the company has been evolving into a powerful production complex.
Production facility makes high-quality Crimean wine with each production stage being under strict control.

Therefore today, while choosing the products of Evpatoria winery the consumer may be assured that the choice is given to a high-quality natural wine.