Saturday, March 9, 2013

Davitashvili: Return of Georgian wine to Russia will allow to conquer other markets

09.03.2013 (Hvino News) Levan Davitashvili, head of National Wine Agency of Georgia, believes that return of Georgian wine to Russia will help to penetrate markets of Western and Eastern countries. On Friday, in the program “Arguments” of  Georgian TV, Mr. Davitashvili said that the main thing now is to maintain production quality control to cater to the growing competition every year in the wine market.

On 25th of March, Georgia expects the visit of the second group of experts from Russia's Rospotrebnadzor during which the remaining wineries which want to export  to Russian market will be inspected. Earlier the head of National Wine Agency declared that supply of Georgian wine and mineral water to Russia will be resumed in the beginning of May.

Georgia hopes to export to Russia an estimated 8-10 million bottles of wine a year, Levan Davitashvili said. He added that “this is equivalent to about 25 percent of the overall amount of Georgia’s wine exports.” Georgia exports its wines to 40 countries.

Davitashvili said that “Georgian wineries and mineral water bottlers will not depend on the Russian market alone, and this is good from the standpoint of businesses, because all companies have opportunities to diversify markets.”

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture have said that “the government is in talks with Russia on the return of products to the Russian market, while the amount of supplies will be determined by the wineries on their own. The agency’s specialists expect that the export to Russia may increase significantly as of next autumn, after the new harvest.

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