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The Russian attack against Ukraine is also destroying the country's wine culture. The war is raging in the middle of the 41,500 hectare wine-growing region. Rockets are hitting near the wine centre of Odessa, vineyards and wineries in the country are being shelled or have long since been abandoned. Winemakers, sommeliers and traders are now fighting on the front lines.

Until a few weeks ago, Ukrainian winegrowers were still pruning in the vineyards. Now they wear uniforms and machine guns, defending their country, fighting for freedom. Everything else has become secondary. Vineyards and cellars are abandoned, people are afraid of missile attacks, many towns and villages in the wine regions are under constant Russian fire. Winegrowers are now soldiers. Will there be a 2022 vintage of Ukrainian wines? That is completely open.

Until three weeks ago, WSET graduate and sommelier Anton (last name known to the editors) worked at the wine merchant Good Wine in Kyiv. Now he is a soldier at the front.