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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kindzmarauli Marani and Dugladze Wine House became first Georgian wineries to get access to Russian market

28.03.2013 (Hvino News). Two Georgian wine producers are allowed to export to Russia: Kindzmarauli Marani and Dugladze Wine House.

Russia's regulator Rospotrebnadzor gave the "green light" to these two Georgian producers for the supply of wine to Russia, Russian news agency Interfax reported today.

"The question has been fundamentally resolved. They are allowed to prepare industrial batches," the head of Rospotrebnadzor, chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation Gennady Onishchenko said on Thursday.

According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, over 40 types of alcoholic beverages of the two companies are now registered in Russia.

After the new government came to power in Georgia last autumn, talks started between Russia and Georgia about lifting the Russian embargo on Georgian wine and mineral water. The ban was introduced in 2006 shortly after Georgia accused four Russian diplomats of  espionage, but came formally as a decision by Russia’s consumer safety agency Rospotrebnadzor  to ban wine from Georgia and Moldova because of impurities. Later Russia also banned Georgian mineral water.

On February 25, first group of Russian experts came to Georgia to examine mineral water and wine companies and check product quality. 36 out of 37 producers were approved.

Georgia currently exports wine to about 50 other countries. Before the 2006 embargo came into force, about 75 percent of Georgia’s wine export went to Russia.  Wine export has increased significantly over recent  years, and in 2010 amounted to USD 54 million (2.5 percent of all export), according to the Georgian Statistics Department.

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