Brief history of vodka production

The history of every product is a part of human activity’s history and nation as well. Among a variety of products made and used by mankind, vodka takes the special place if not say more. And though being the heritage of exceptionally Slavic nation, now vodka unites people with generous nature and no matter from what country they are.

Ukraine is a "world in miniature" for contemporary and for the creators of vodka traditions – the whole eternity. And although many nations such as Arabs, Swedes, Russians and Poles claim to be the birthplace of vodka, craftsmanship of Ukrainian distillers deserves special respect. Zaporizhska Sich skillfully owned the unique recipes of Ukrainian vodka tradition as long as XV century. Cossacks were famous for producing good drink from honey of wild bees and berry juice. In any case, efforts of the Cossacks the first Ukrainian vodka recipe was created.

Traditionally, real vodka is made from fragrant as a fresh slice of bread grains, crystal as a tear water, malt and yeast. This attribute that has ancient tradition is supplemented with Ukrainian secret: vodka is enriched with honey, rye crackers, spices, drawn on birch buds and hot red pepper. Therefore, such unforgettable flavor of vodka emphasizes exquisite moments of life.

Confectionery Industry of Ukraine

"As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate." – said Sandra Boynton.

The history of chocolate begins with the ground beans of the Theobroma cacao, dating as far back as 1900 BCE and originating from the Americas. To the indigenous people of this area, chocolate played an important role in religious events, as special offerings to gods during sacred ceremonies. Eventually Europeans made their voyage to the Americas and discovered the special and delectable qualities of the chocolate bean themselves. From that point on, chocolate and its making process changed with every region in which it was imported, and with every creative hand that touched it.

The magic of chocolate is something quite unique. It has the power to perk us up when we’re feeling down. It makes for the perfect gift for any occasion. The holiday season provides loads of opportunities for chocolate devouring, and we sometimes uncontrollably crave it.

For the last few centuries, Europe has recognized Lviv (Ukrainian culture and historic center) as the Eastern European “chocolate capital.” There were times when manufacturers were closing down smaller enterprises, which coincided with the great social and political events that Europe would undergo. Among the first established factories of Eastern Europe were confectioneries. “Chocolate has historical roots in Lviv. Even if we go deeper into history, it was the18th century when the biggest chocolate factories were in Switzerland and Lviv in Ukraine. That’s why we can consider Lviv the Eastern European chocolate capital.

Recently a Chocolate Country museum opened in Ternopil within the Feast of Chocolate. The museum presents a variety of sweet pieces of black and white chocolate from Ukrainian masters. Visitors can also learn about the history of chocolate art and how chocolate is born. Before visiting Ternopil, the museum of chocolate art opened its doors in Lviv, Chernivtsi, Poltava, Rivne, Odesa, Uzhhorod, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Odesa and Zhytomyr. Every Ukrainian city has its own unique feature of the museum. In Ternopil this is a mint and a contest for young fans of chocolate Paint Chocolate.

Ukrainian chocolate is a masterpiece. The best way to ensure in it is just to taste it.

Winemaking Industry

Ukraine is no stranger to wine. The country's local wine industry has been around for quite a while and is known to produce great wine brands. Wine production in Ukraine can be broken down geographically into three areas: Crimea, Black Sea area, and Transcarpathia.

The cradle of Ukrainian wine-making tradition is Crimea. Gentle embrace of the Black Sea, the luxury of nature and breath of steppe winds fill the Ukrainian wine with incredible taste. The fragrance of muscat, honey notes of flowers and herbs are felt in its bouquet. The main specific Crimean wines are dessert dominant species. The most famous wines of the Crimea are port vine, sherry, nutmeg and muscatel.

Black Sea area is a place where the climate favors the growth of the most unique varieties of grapes. The vineyards here grow approximately 2, 5000 years. According to the legend, once the local grapes were bought up by Frenchmen who made wine and passed it off. Also this wine region is well-known for Arkhaderesse, museum of grape growing and winemaking.

Another region with rich winemaking culture is Transcarpathian. There are no large wineries, and winemaking is concentrated in the hands of small family companies, in which the recipes are passed from generation to generation.

Wine production in this region is pursued by small businesses, but its traditions are old enough. Judging from the written sources, in the XII century on the slopes of the foothills have collected grapes and made wine. In the Sunny Valley such well-known Crimean wines as «the Black doctor» and «the Black colonel» are made. It’s the place of tourist attraction because the Sunny Valley has the most beautiful kinds of vineyards, wine shops and tasting rooms.

Ukrainian brewing

Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world. The history of Ukrainian brewing began in the times of Kyiv Rus. The first breweries were founded in Kyiv monasteries. Monks as the handicraftsmen and beer connoisseurs had the opportunity in the silence of cell to investigate the ancient manuscripts to choose from them the best recipes and methods of brewing.

Lviv brewers were considered as the best ones and Lviv has been tagged as the Ukrainian capital of beer. The secret consisted in clear deep-well water, fragrant hop and malt and the unique, secret technique. Owing to its quality Lviv beer shortly became popular beyond country.

And now Ukrainian beer doesn’t lose its legendary taste and quality and is popular among Ukrainians and tourists. Beer brings together millions of people who appreciate old beer traditions and create new ones.

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