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Saturday, June 15, 2013

First Georgian wine shipment reaches Russia after 7-year ban

15.06.2013 (Hvino News). Dugladze Winery became the first Georgian winemaker to deliver wine  to Russia after a seven-year ban.

Dugladze Winery delivered the first shipment of 30,000 bottles on Friday and will send another 150,000 bottles to commercial distributors throughout Russia next week, according to company’s director.

Levan Davitashvili, head of Georgia’s National Wine Agency, said the day before that in addition to Dugladze, another two companies – Alaverdi and Teliani Valley – had received licenses to ship wine to Russia.

In March, Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, cleared 36 Georgian winemakers and four mineral water producers to resume deliveries to Russia. Georgian wines and mineral waters were very popular in the Soviet Union and retained much of that appeal after the union broke up. Before the ban, Russia was the largest market for Georgian wines. The head of the Georgian wine producers agency has said Georgia is able to supply Russia with up to 10 million bottles of wine annually.

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