Volzhenka produces artisan caviar using leading sustainable practices and cruelty-free principles, developed through decades of research. All our sturgeon are pure-bred, their DNA direct from their wild Caspian Sea ancestors, and our farms use natural spring water. That’s why you can experience the wild taste of caviar.
The Volzhenka family fishery has been cultivating finest caviar for more than half a century, honouring the age-old traditions of Caspian Sea’s rich caviar culture, where roe has been enjoyed for centuries. It all started in Astrakhan, an ancient city on the banks of the Volga River. Once a thriving Silk Road trading post and the capital of the Golden Horde, Astrakhan is steeped in a rich history, a place of world class natural beauty and abundance.
This is where the brand’s name comes from. Volzhenka is a slavic colloquialism used to describe the local women who once inhabited the banks of the Volga River. It’s a term that neatly encapsulates the female-centric nature of the company, which is largely helmed by women.
In 2007 Volzhenka brought decades of Astrakhan tradition and expertise directly to Europe.
Today, our outposts in Italy and Greece replicate the conditions of our mother farm with natural spring water, only freshly caught food and no crossbreeding. Production is conducted under the strict supervision of leading experts from our first Caspian farm. And it’s our minimal-intervention approach that truly allows us to bring the wildest and most authentic taste of caviar to the world.
Guided by a young and dynamic female CEO Ekaterina Bataeva, the all-female team at Volzhenka aims to transform perceptions of caviar for a new generation of tastemakers, highlighting its artisanal qualities as the ultimate Slow Food.
“We love to create caviar that inspires connoisseurship, to help people discover its nuances and possibilities” says Ekaterina Bataeva. ‘We’re a small family business with decades of experience breeding and preserving the unique sturgeon species to produce the most exquisite caviar, real advocates for its careful cultivation. We’re as committed to our caviar as a winemaker is to expressing terroir, and we want people to experience our caviar’s wild tastes and subtleties whether au naturel or with any variety of pairings.”
“LONG LINEAGE AND PURE HERITAGE ARE AT THE HEART OF VOLZHENKA CULTURE”
Committed to sustainability, Volzhenka is caviar for conservationists and connoisseurs alike – as part of the Beluga Sturgeon Fish Rescue and Protection Fund, Volzhenka work to study, understand and preserve these incredible creatures, raising awareness of their uniqueness amongst future generations. We also pioneer cutting-edge farming practices and a nature-loving approach, adhering to cruelty-free principles such as ‘milking’, which allows the fish to be released back into the waters. As a result, we have already actively released more than 140 million fish back into the Caspian Sea.
Oscietra V20 is defined by its rich and enduring flavour, with subtle overtones of hazelnut.
The Oscietra V20 sturgeon eggs measure 3mm in diameter and are recognised by their distinctive golden tones. It takes up to twenty years for the Oscietra V20 sturgeon to reach maturity, and they’re only harvested in the coldest months of the year.
Know your caviar:
Oscietra sturgeon have been prized since the times of the Romans and the Ancient Greeks.
Oscietra caviar is renowned for its complex taste and somewhat nutty flavour.
Prepared according to a centuries-old salting recipe, the Oscietra sturgeon takes up to 15 years to harvest. Its velvety eggs range from shades of amber to darkest mahogany – hence its nickname as the ‘Gold Standard’ of caviar.
Know your caviar:
Once they reach maturity, Oscietra sturgeon can produce up to 2 million eggs at a time.
Siberian Sturgeon are beloved for their versatility, mildness, and subtle touch of brininess.
Fresh and bright on the palate, these opalescent eggs have a wonderfully smooth texture. The Siberian sturgeon reaches maturity at the age of 8. Their delicate eggs measure in at between 2.2mm and 2.7mm in diameter.
Did you know?
Derived from the rivers and lakes of Siberia, this freshwater species grows to up to 2m in the wild.