Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Xinhua: Georgian wines, mineral water to re-enter Russian market

09.04.2013. Georgia's agriculture minister said Monday Russia would soon reopen its market to the country's wine, fruit, vegetables and alcoholic drinks.

Georgian and Russian specialists would continue working on technical regulations before Georgia could resume its exports to Russia, Davit Kirvalidze told a press briefing on Russia's recent inspections of Georgian wine cellars and mineral water bottlers.

Russia banned imports of Georgian wines and mineral water in 2006 due to quality problems. However, the Russian Agriculture Ministry has conducted two field inspections in Georgia so far this year as part of moves to restart the trade.

In the first inspection in February, 36 of the 37 wine cellars and all four mineral water bottlers inspected passed quality tests. In the second inspection, between April 1 and 5, 35 more Georgian wine cellars were inspected.

According to the Georgian Agriculture Ministry, two of the inspected wine cellars have already registered their products with the Russian authorities for export.


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