Moscow: Reklama, 1971. Item #1804
84 pp.: ill. 22,5x22,5 cm. In original cloth with gilt letterpress design and original illustrated dust jacket. Small tears of dust jacket with its little fragment lost, otherwise very good and clean.
In Uzbek and Russian. Rare.
It is an outstanding well-illustrated catalog dedicated to products of “the prime Samarkand enterprise, the Khovrenko Winery”.
This wine factory was set up in 1868 on the initiative of Russian merchant D. Filatov. After the Revolution the company was nationalized and once was transferred under control of the first Russian professor of winemaking, Mikhail Khovrenko (1866-1940).
Born and brought up in the Caucasus, Mikhail Khovrenko was employed in the Starozhilovo distillery. In 1895, he graduated from the Higher Courses of Winemaking at Magarach (Crimea) where he attended lectures by A. Salomon. After an internship abroad, Khovrenko headed the Magarach enochemical laboratory where he conducted experiments in winemaking. In 1927 he moved to Uzbekistan, where he became the chief winemaker of the Uzbekvino trust. He was a professor at the Central Asian State University in Tashkent, then worked at the Central Asian Fruit and Vegetable Institute (SAPOI) in Khujand and at the Azerbaijan Agricultural Institute for a short time.
In all, Mikhail Khovrenko made a significant contribution to the development of Uzbek winegrowing and winemaking. In particular, he organized production planting of grape varieties new to Central Asia: Furmint, Touriga; he expanded vineyard areas with varieties of Saperavi, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell; he became the author of several brands of Uzbek wines. After his death, the factory was named after him.
In this catalog, alcoholic drinks are divided into eight sections, distinguished by alcohol level and aging period. There are wines and liquors. The aging period varies from some months (an absolute minimum in the Soviet period) to uncertain “more than 2 years”. An individual text for each drink contains organoleptic properties, a grape variety, alcohol and acidity levels.
The catalog features photographs of product designs, as well as Samarkand city sights. The edition was released for the 2500-year anniversary of Samarkand and the catalog design occasionally refers to it.
Not found in Worldcat.