1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Vynohradiv District Council (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
Association of self-governments "Euroregion Carpathians - Ukraine" (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Association for Development and Promotion of Podkarpacie "Pro Carpathia" (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Winegrowing and winemaking traditions of the Carpathians date back nearly one thousand years making up an essential part of the local cultural heritage. However, while global trends demonstrate increased interest in wine regions, contributing to their development, Zakarpattya and Podkarpackie are still underestimated in this respect.
The WineAcademy project team wanted to reveal the secrets of Carpathian wines by preserving and promoting local wine traditions. Within the project, experts could learn about different aspects of winemaking, such as authentic grape varieties, types of wines, winemaking traditions, and identify the local communities in Zakarpattya and Podkarpackie, famous for their vineyards and wineries. Based on the research, a cross-border wine tourist trail has been created, leading through the most important locations related to traditional winemaking in the area of Uzhhorod, Mukachevo, Berehovo, and Vynohradiv districts in Ukraine and Jasło, Krosno, Sanok, Przemyśl and Rzeszów in Poland. Publications, such as "Carpathian wine list" and wine route map were a part of this new tourist product. Also, the Carpathian Wine Academy was organised. During this educational event visits to vineyards and wineries in Podkarpackie Voivodeship were combined with trainings, meetings with winemakers and wine tasting. Moreover, extensive video materials on wine culture such as video-lectures, promotional films have been produced and are now available online.
Thanks to the project implementation, visitors and residents will be able to learn about the present and past of viticulture and winemaking in the Carpathians region. Hopefully, in the future, traditional wine culture from Ukraine and Poland will become a part of many travels to these regions and local wines will gain the recognition they deserve.
CARPATHIAN WINE LIST
The partners jointly developed a trilingual (Ukrainian-Polish-English) publication entitled 'Carpathian Wine List', which contains information on traditional Carpathian grape varieties, the taste properties of wines made from different grape varieties, and their suitability for various dishes. The publication was based on a study of the traditional grape varieties in the Carpathian region and the different types of wine. The study focused on the history of viticulture and winemaking, traditional grape varieties, wine and wine production in Zakarpattya.
DATABASE OF TRADITIONAL CARPATHIAN GRAPE VARIETIES AND WINES
It is said that every wine, like a human being, has a childhood, youth and maturity, as well as ageing and dying. And Zakarpattya wine also has a soul.... It is a unique beverage: refined and capricious at the same time. That is why there are many types of it, to satisfy everyone's thirst.
CROSS-BORDER WINE ROUTE
CONCEPTION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CROSS-BORDER WINE ROUTE (TOURIST ROUTE)
The concept was developed on the basis of a study of a dozen or so sites (towns, tourist attractions, objects related to the history and development of winemaking, e.g. vineyards, museums, etc.).
CARPATHIAN ACADEMY OF WINE
An online course has been developed as part of the Carpathian Academy of Wine, which consists of videos featuring Ukrainian and Polish experts and winemaker-practitioners. The topics of the recorded video lectures are as follows:
As part of the promotion of winemaking in the Podkarpackie voivodship, the Polish beneficiary prepared films about vineyards:
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