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Kiev cries foul as historic Crimean wines go under hammer

Workers at a wine cellar in the Massandra winery on July 23, 2004Legendary Crimean winemaker Massandra, once a supplier to Russia’s Tsar Nicolas II, has provoked the ire of Kiev by putting 13,000 vintage bottles up for auction on Tuesday. Massandra described the wines, some dating back to 1935, as “pearls that have endured heavy ordeals including during the war”. The Massandra region, which belonged to the Ukrainian state until the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia, is now under Moscow’s control with the rest of the peninsula.

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