Georgia's president calls wine export a national security priority
27.05.2012 (Hvino News) Exporting Georgian wine in the world market is a matter of national security and an important element of country's progress, said President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili today at a meeting with business leaders in Tbilisi. "It is very important that Georgian wine was presented in New York, LosAngeles, Europe. Perhaps for the Chinese wine is not of primary importance, but in Europe it is a passport of European identity and Christian culture... When Russia imposed its embargo on import of Georgian wine, several U.S. senators called it "the wine of freedom", - said Mikheil Saakashvili.
President of Georgia is known for his interest towards wine-making. In 2011 president Mikheil Saakashvili bought a vineyard in Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia. The vineyard (half hectare area) costed about 20,000 USD. Construction of a private house next to vineyard costed about 28,000 USD. The president often uses his vineyard house to host foreign visitors. See also: President of Georgia proposes Tbilisi airport to open its own vineyard.
World's leading wine business resource Drinks International quoted this article on May 28, see here.