Ukraine's wineries toil under Russian rockets

STORY: Six months after a rocket landed in his vineyard in southern Ukraine in the first weeks of Russia's invasion, Georgiy Molchanov is now harvesting his grapes and wondering what to name this year's unforgettable vintage.

"We want to signify the making of this wine, that this was a special year. We also need to make a name (for) this, to show that this was not an easy year for all of us."

Molchanov, like other craft winemakers and larger enterprises across Ukraine, says he's determined to keep producing wine, despite adversity.

An hour's drive to the southwest, in a largely abandoned Black Sea resort, the much larger Koblevo winery had Russian paratroopers landing in its fields.

The company began labeling some bottles of wine "We are from Ukraine" and sent a portion of sales to the army, says director Vitalii Ryboshapko.

"We can’t make any plans because there are too many factors that we can’t influence. So, we do what we can today and we try to help our country and our armed forces."

The war, which Russia calls a special military operation, has hit winemakers on several fronts.

Ukraine banned the sale of alcohol during the first two months of the war.

Exports - a key source of revenue for larger wineries - have shriveled due to the blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports.

Consumption of wine has fallen 20% since before the war, the company says.

Sparkling wine sales are down by half because of a lack of parties and reasons to celebrate.

Despite that, winemakers Tetiana Matveieva says she pours her love for her country into the wine she makes.

"In such circumstances, one has to look for positive moments and emotions that will bring happiness. Because a person has only one life to live, so one has to value every moment and even every insignificant event that brings positive emotions. This is the reason we make our wine, so its taste and fragrance can help people live on, reminding them that life is not over."