Sunday, September 1, 2013

President Saakashvili: Russian market is a "trap" for Georgian wine

01.09.2013 (Hvino News). President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili considers opening Russian market to Georgian wine as a huge threat. As Saakashvili said at the wine festival in Ambrolauri on Saturday, Russian market demands cheap wine, while Georgian unique wines cost 100 - 200 US dollars on the world market "like the best Italian wines". He says that Russian market is a trap for Georgian wine.

“The threat is that Russian market may be a  trap in long-term, and we don’t have the brand protection. To my knowledge, the whole industry has been activated to provide cheap wine to the Russian supermarkets. This wine can’t be cheap!” - the president stated. "At what price should we sell wine in Russia? 8 dollars? If you sell Khvanchkara for $ 8, here it should be worth $ 2. But Khvanchkara at this price range does not exist in nature. We really are facing a great threat "-  the president warned.

Saakashvili said that Americans are investing in returning Georgian traditional wines to Georgian agriculture. “It’s a lie when Russians say that Americans are destroyers and that they ruin our culture. Here is the American woman who helped us in developing Georgian traditional vine species and Georgian wine-making”, Saakashvili said.

© Hvino News

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