Ochakovo is to launch a wine brand in Russia. Cancan, a semi-sweet wine manufactured by Ochakovo's subsidiary Southern Wine Company (SWC), has recently been released in Moscow.

The company, which is starting from nothing in the wine industry, hopes to become one of the top five wine producers in Russia. It is already among the biggest players in its domestic beer and soft drinks markets.

SWC was created in 2003 and is based on the Taman Peninsula. The company will launch a more upmarket wine later this year, and hopes to have a production capacity of 1m decalitres by 2007.

The wine is available for RUR70 per 70 centilitre bottle.