Our farm was originally founded in 1996 in Astrakhan, Russia – the ‘City of Caviar’ – as a centre for sturgeon breeding and preservation. We produce our caviar using a unique sustainable process, developed through decades of research
After a pact was signed to stop sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea, a team of scientists gathered at our farm, where they began to develop a technique called milking.This unique process allows us to produce part of our caviar without killing the sturgeon.
Every sturgeon in our stock is a ‘clean breed’ that started life in the open waters of the Caspian Sea (right up to our oldest Beluga, who is a digni- fied 62 years of age!). We are careful to replicate their natural habitat as closely as possible, meaning that our sturgeon live in free-fiowing water basins, eat only natural fodder, and are never subject to cross-breeding or artificial hormones.
“THE BIGGEST FARMS
WERE THEN RUN,
UNDER THE SOVIET
UNION, USING FISH
CAUGHT IN THE WILD –
WHICH IS NOW A
FORBIDDEN PROCESS –
ENSURING A UNIQUE
LEVEL OF QUALITY”
Our business is environmentally mindful at every stage. Each sturgeon in our 350-tonne stock is registered with a passport and individual identifying number, then registered with the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography. From there, we closely monitor everything from the quality of our water to the logistics of our distribution. Our packaging is made entirely from sustainable and recyclable materials – although we hope you’ll wish to reuse our beautiful tins once you’ve enjoyed the caviar inside.
In the spirit of our founding mission, our charity fund Beluga was established in 2008. Its goal is to preserve the sturgeon species and raise awareness of this special creature among future generations. Every year, we organise educational lectures and offer workshops to all those who wish to learn more about the rich culture and history of caviar production in Astrakhan. On Children’s Day – June 1st – local children are invited to help as we honour our commitment to release 5% of our sturgeon juveniles back into the wild.
When caviar exports from Russia to the EU were forbidden in 2007, we decided to bring decades of Astrakhan tradition and expertise directly to Europe. Our farms in Italy and Greece replicate the conditions at our mother farm, using techniques and sturgeons sourced from our home in the Volga Delta. Production is conducted under the strict supervision of experts from our Astrakhan farm, allowing us to bring the taste of truly authentic Volzhenka caviar to the world.
Russian Oscietra V20 is defined by its rich and enduring flavour, with subtle overtones of hazelnut.
The Russian Oscietra V20 sturgeon eggs measure 3mm in diameter and are recognised by their distinctive golden tones. It takes up to twenty years for Russian Oscietra V20 sturgeon to reach maturity, and they’re only harvested in the coldest months of the year.
Did you know?
Oscietra sturgeon have been beloved since the times of the Romans and the Ancient Greek
Russian Oscietra caviar is renowned for its complex taste and somewhat nutty flavour.
Prepared according to a centuries-old Astrakhan salting recipe, the Russian 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.
Did you know?
Once they reach maturity, Russian Oscietra sturgeon can produce up to 2 million eggs at a time.
Siberian Sturgeon V15 is revered for its unique and aromatic flavour.
Rich in Omega-3, this is a sumptuous superfood of the highest order. The Siberian sturgeon V15 can reach up to 3 metres in size, and weigh in at up to 200kg. Its eggs measure in the region of 2.5mm and 2.9mm, and are distinguished by their silvery to brownish tones.
Did you know?
The most adaptable of all the sturgeon species, the Siberian is also the most prolific producer of caviar
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.