Ukrainian wine comes west

Beykush vineyards

Against many odds, a cache of terrific Ukrainian wine is now being imported into the UK and US. It's time to get familiar with Telti-Kuruk and other fascinating grape varieties. Pictured here, Beykush vineyards in the village of Chernomorka in the Mykolaiv region near the Black Sea with Beykush Bay in the foreground (© Arsen Fedosenko).

It took Svitlana Tsybak, CEO of the Ukrainian Wine Company UK, 24 hours to get from Kiev to London, via Poland, to oversee this tasting of wines last year – 24 hours compared with the 3-hour direct flight she used to take.

Getting wines...