Most of Crimea’s 25,000 hectares are owned by small businessmen.
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Wines from the sunny hillsides of Crimea have been popular with Russians since the time of Tsar Nicholas II – and now some vineyard owners are hoping their new union with Moscow could boost business despite the winds of war.Shvets, a sommelier in Moscow for 15 years before buying his 10-and-a-half hectare vineyard, employs 12 people and produces around 30,000 bottles a year of wines like Pinot Noir and Riesling.He sells half in Ukraine and exports the other half to Russia but hopes this could increase in future. At the Inkerman winery just outside Sevastopol, which sells 60 percent of its wine in Ukraine and exports 20 percent to Russia, head of production Larissa Shymchok was more diplomatic.Inkerman is one of Crimea's biggest and most popular wines, with up to 36 million bottles sold per year.
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