Updated: Dec. 20, 2016
About RussiaRussia, although it has a rich and vibrant tea culture, is not well-known as a tea producer, but the country does produce a small amount of tea in the vicinity of Sochi. This region is located along the coast of the Black Sea, bordering the tea-producing regions of Georgia and in the same eco-region as Rize, Turkey.
This region has a humid subtropical climate with high rainfall and moderate temperatures, ideally suited to growing the tea plant. The mountains and proximity to the water usually shelter the region from the worst of the Russian winters, although the tea cultivars grown here do need to be somewhat cold-hardy.
Styles of Tea Produced in Russia
This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Russia.