Crimean Winery to Launch Agritourism Programme

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The Massandra winery in the Crimean peninsula is planning to launch a new agricultural tourism programme later this year, according to Crimea’s website for tourists.

During the harvest season from September to October, anyone will be able to work as a winemaker at Massandra.

As the company’s website explained, the idea for this type of tourism first appeared in 2016 when a few fans of Massandra wines, including several office workers, sommeliers and two professors from Moscow, worked through the season at the winery in the town of Gurzuf on the southern coast of Crimea.

After that, the company decided to repeat the experiment and invite everyone to their factories and fields. Among other new projects that Massandra is preparing for the current year are educational tours on the history of wine and musical wine tasting.

The Crimean village of Massandra, where the eponymous company is located, has been recognised as the second most popular destination for wine tourism in Russia by the analytic agency TurStat.