Odessa Countryside and Shabo Winery Tour

The Odessa countryside tour is an excellent way to spend a day outside the city. We’ll venture out to the part of the region known as Bessarabia, which boasts scenic landscape and fascinating history. From the ancient Greeks to the Mongols to Italian merchants to Moldavians and Ottomans the area changed hands lots of times. It was finally included into the Soviet Ukraine in 1940. Today, it’s one of the most popular Black Sea resorts for Ukrainians.

The Odessa countryside tour starts with the drive through little villages and endless steppe. Known today as the «bread basket» of Ukraine, the area was once the «wild field». Who were the people who developed the region? What ethnic groups populate the area now? You’ll find out why the Germans felt here at home and often had Jewish neighbors. Why the fields are mostly yellow and who the landowners are. Beautiful vineyards and orchards planted along the road. We marvel at the picturesque Black Sea coast and the Dniester estuary.

After a 1 hour drive we make a stop at the local resort area Zatoka. A walk through the little shops and a local market to the Black Sea coast is a fun way to get a feel for the area. And a great chance to stretch legs and have a cup of coffee. Moreover, the most adventurous guests can put their feet into the sea.

The tour proceeds with a short drive to the Shabo winery. Founded in 1821 by the Swiss colonists, it’s the most famous winery in Odessa’s region and the only in Ukraine center of wine culture.

What makes the Shabo winery tour really special?

  • Shabo is one of the most modern and largest wine production facilities in Europe
  • The tour itself is extremely interesting and well put together. You’ll visit 200-year old wine cellars built by the Swiss colonists and some of the largest in Europe wine production facilities. We check out grape processing, fine wine, vodka and brandy production departments
  • It’s a fascinating journey into the wine-making history of the region. From the ancient Greeks to the Ottomans to the Swiss colonists to Romanians to the Soviets to modern period – Shabo has quite a story to tell! The Shabo management did a great job brining this history to live with the help of authentic artifacts and multi-media.

For more on what makes the Shabo winery tour so special, check out our post.

Last and most important – you’ll try a selection of the Shabo fine red and white wines, some of the best in the region.


6 hrs


On foot and by car


*Carolino Bugaz area

*Black Sea coast

*Dniester estuary

*Zatoka resort

*Shabo winery

*Shabo village

These are just some of the sights included into the tour. Email us for the complete tour itinerary and price.