SVL Group has confirmed plans to bring its Russian sparkling wine brand, Abrau-Durso, to the UK.

The company, owned by Russian entrepreneur Boris Titov, said late last week that Abrau-Durso will be available in the UK from March, with an initial 20,000 bottles mainly being sold in the on-trade and through some agents. Titov emphasised that Abrau-Durso is not in direct competition with Champagne, and that the brand’s success in Russia had convinced them to explore new markets. 

“This year, we have sold our entire planned production by third quarter only in the Russian market,” Titov told just-drinks. “We believe that Abrau-Durso has the potential to be recognised as a premium quality sparkling wine everywhere in the world.

“Our image is not that of replicating the glamour and luxury of Champagne,” he added. “We are something different, a sensible, yet a sophisticated product.”

SVL is also aiming to market the brand in Europe and China next  year, dependant on its performance in the UK.

Earlier this year, SVL bought Champagne producer Chateau d’Avize, from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, for an undisclosed sum.