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Elizaveta Petrovna

Anna Leopoldovna (1718-1746), who took the regency for her minor son Ivan VI, stopped all the activities of the Commission in 1740 because of its high expenses. From now on, the Greek merchants Atanas Paraskevic and Diamond Altenzsi supplied the Tokaji wines to the Imperial Court, until the Commission continued to operate in 1744 under Tsarina Elisabeth. In 1745, Elisabeth instructed Vishnyevskij to buy only the best wines, and to buy only directly from the producers, since she knew about wine manipulations by some merchants. In this time, the Imperial Court ordered up to 750 Antal-barrels (each containing 75 liters) per year, spending impressive 10% (!) of the Court´s budget for Tokaji. The Commission bought wines, but also aszú grapes for vinification. Indeed, it was forbidden to foreigners to buy aszú grapes (to prevent manipulations).

With this and other failures to observe regulations regarding foreign nationals, Vishnyevskij found himself frequently in disputes with the Hungarian Chamber and the Zemplén County. To save expenses, Vishnyevskij was ordered to rent vineyards and cellars, and to employ workers and winemakers, in order to produce own Tokaji wines.
Tsarina Elisabeth once ordered 375 barrels of Tokaji wine, and adds as a postscript to the order form (dated 8 November 1745):
„And if there is any opportunity at all of doing this, please send me at least three Antals, as I cannot obtain these here anywhere, and you know how impossible it is for me to do without this wine.“

Tsarina Elisabeth (1709-1762)

Although the Commission started renting vineyards on longterm from 1746 on, they never succeeded buying some, due to restrictions by the Hungarian law. Between the vineyards, which have been rented by the Imperial Russian Court, were Zsoltáros (today there is the Donáth vineyard in this tract), Szappanos, Melegmáj and Veres, all of them near Tokaj. Vishnyevskij died in Tokaj in 1749. After him, Major Zsolobow, Major Rarog and finally Captain Sawa Gorew directed the Commission with seat in Bodrogkeresztúr.

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