Hovrenko Wine Factory
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Gillou G
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
You will taste 7 wines, 2 cognacs, and one alcool like jaegermeister. They also prepared some food like crackers and cheese. The wines were ok, the red better than the white, in my opinion. It gives you a good idea of what to buy or order in restaurants. But you can not purchase wine there. This is the major issue with this. The lady guiding the tasting was really knowledgeable. She spoke English very well.
Written March 31, 2024
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Joanne H
London, UK943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
We visited the Hovrenko Wine Factory having seen it in the Lonely Planet guide. It was a little tricky to find - it's a mint-green building on Mahmud Kashgari street, not the factory-like building with grape motifs on it a little way up the street! Our group of three arrived without a booking and after a little discussion managed to arrange to return for a tasting two hours later (we waited in the park down the street) - so call ahead to book, as it's not close to any other attractions really.

The lady hosting the tasting was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She gave us a brief history of the winery before taking us through the tasting - 10 "wines", of which three were wine, four dessert wines, two cognacs and a herbal 'balsam'. All were pretty good and some outstanding and before each one we were told about the variety, alcohol content and sugar content. There was no attempt whatsoever to sell us a bottle afterwards, which actually was a shame as the white wine would have been a lovely easy-drinking wine for an afternoon in our b&b courtyard!

The cost was UZS25,000 each, which we felt was very good value. Highly recommended.
Written September 11, 2014
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
Located in a converted 19th-century Jewish industrialist’s house, the Hovrenko Wine Factory was a late addition to my itinerary in Samarkand. Although Samarkand has a wine culture dating back centuries, it was officially founded by D.M. Filatov (a Russian entrepreneur) in 1868 and perfected by the talented wine-maker Michael Khovrenko who arrived in 1927; the latter designed/imported many of the methods of wine making that created the modern industry. The commerce has continued over the past decades to create a vibrant viticulture with most of the sales going north to Russia.

The tour started to the right of the ground floor in a small museum. With my guide interpreting the explanations, we saw the beginnings of the industry including locations of the current vineyards and various machines used to create the wine itself. Numerous vintage bottles and brief biographies of historical figures linked to the country’s wine business rounded out a decent 30-minute introduction. The tasting followed, with three “normal” wines, four dessert wines, and three cognacs providing an excellent overview. The docent’s explanations were detailed, informative, and humorous. After the tasting we went to a local store to purchase a few bottles, completing the experience.

This was an excellent attraction. There was a perfect combination of academic explanations with the museum and interactive involvement with the sampling; it was affordable (40,000 som) and brief (90 minutes) to boot. My only advice to anyone planning a trip is to make the contacts ahead of time as the building isn’t always open, especially during the off-season.

An overall highly advisable stop.
Written January 1, 2016
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trakin69
Las Vegas, NV100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I did a wine tasting here and I wasn't impressed. The wine tasting costs USD 20 and includes 10 tastings. Five of the tastings are dry wine while the other five are some type of sweet cognac that wasn't drinkable. There's also a small museum about the winery but all captions are in Russian. Instead, do a wine tasting at the Bagizagan Winery in Samarkand which I highly recommend.
Written May 4, 2023
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Nick W
Wamuran, Australia156 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
80% of wines made in Uzbekistan are sweet and the tasting involved two dry wines which were barely passable and then the sweet wines and fortified varieties. While the venue was good and the staff were good, the wines were disappointing and mostly not worth the taste. Sure if you like sweetness then go. Cost was around US$20 and not worth it.
Written September 11, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,367 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I was appalled that they would not conduct the wine tasting despite the fact I made an appointment. A larger group came so I was basically booted. Didn’t offer a later time or anything (which still wouldn’t be right)...Obviously not a respectable establishment
Written March 29, 2019
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Centasia
Khiva, Uzbekistan207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
Is there any production of alcohol in Uzbekistan? Uzbekistan has started producing alcohol products after the Russian occupation in the end of 19t century. The khovrenko winery factory offers you some wine tasting and a visit to their museum.
Written August 11, 2017
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stevesol6718
New York City, NY542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Samarkand was the last place we expected to have a wine tasting. We entered, what looked to be a large private house, and after some time, we entered a large room and sat at a table with a few other people. In front of us were about a dozen wine glasses and we began our tasting. Some were really not to our taste, but, suprisingly we liked a few of the sweeter wines. In fact we liked one so much, we bought a bottle to take to dinner that night. We also tasted their cognac, which was pretty good and we bought abottle to bring as a gift when we had dinner in a family's house on this trip. I highly recommend this experience. It was fun, unexpected and educational.
Written August 10, 2016
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sjr
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
An enjoyable 30 minutes or so tasting 10 wines/cognacs with an English speaking sommelier. I just turned up and was able to join a tour group arriving 20 minutes later. We didn't have a tour of the museum but I'm not sure if this would have happened if the tour group hadn't been very late! It would have been nice to have more background on the wine industry and the winery. The tasting felt a bit rushed but again that may have been due to the late start. The cost was 100,000 som.
Written October 24, 2019
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micdug101
Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Tripadvisor location wrong. Entrance is a anonymous door pictured below. Small museum and tasting costs about 50k Som per person.
Written June 22, 2019
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