March 30 - A famous Crimean winery hopes for the better after Russia's annexation of Crimea and they expect more attention from new authorities. Gavino Garay reports.
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This 136-year-old winery was once part of the Russian Empire.
They started out making bubbly to compete with fine French Champagnes.
But after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, the producers now face a new task.
Gaining recognition in Russia, now that their market is no longer a Ukrainian one.
The sparkling wine factory, known as Novy Svet, or "New World" in English, hopes Russia will help them financially.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LINA DOMATIEVSKAYA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NOVY SVET WINE FACTORY, SAYING:
"As of yesterday we became a national enterprise of the Republic of Crimea. I assume that now our factory will be getting more attention. Before our factory was a property of Ukraine, it was a state-owned factory, and they didn't help us, financially I mean. We hope that now the Republic of Crimea will be paying more attention to us. Our factory is 136 years old, this is history."
Moscow is asking retailers to give special support to Crimean wine -- a bid to help that sector in the region.
The workers here at Novy Svet expect the help from Russia, including the property rights to some vineyards.
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