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Carpathian wine heritage academy





Project type







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)

TOTAL BUDGET 46 752.20 € ENI CO-FUNDING 42 076.98 €
DURATION 14 months 20.11.2019 - 19.01.2021

Project description

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 wants to reveal the secrets of Carpathian wines by preserving and promoting local wine traditions. Within the project, experts will study 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 will be 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. Printed issues ("Carpathian wine list", wine route map) will be a part of this new tourist product. Moreover, a wine festival will be held in Vynohradiv to promote traditional Carpathian wines, winegrowing and winemaking. The agenda includes presentation of local wine traditions, folk music performances, winemaking and sommelier workshops. On the other side of the border, the Carpathian Wine Academy will be organised - an educational event during which visiting the vineyards and wineries in Podkarpackie Voivodeship is combined with trainings, meetings with winemakers and wine tasting. Promotion in media and a new website will increase awareness of local wine traditions.

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.    

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